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NFL Quarterbacks: The Great Debate

Spenser T. HarrisonCorrespondent INovember 22, 2016

This is a list of the top ten quarterbacks of the Superbowl era broken down into specific typology. The following types of quarterbacks included are game managers, scramblers, clutch performers, pure passers, and gunslingers; for added fun I’ve included the top ten bums & busts.  


Game Managers: play calling, adjustment, clock usage, smarts

Scramblers: best combination of running and passing

Clutch: comebacks, 4th quarter wins, playoff play

Pure Passers: touch, completion percentage, touchdown / interception ratio, & QB Rating

Gunslingers: deep ball, arm strength, mentality, yards


 Game Managers:

1. Joe Montana

2. Tom Brady

3. Peyton Manning

4. Steve Young

5. Troy Aikman

6. Dan Marino

7. John Elway

8. Bob Griese

9. Roger Staubach

10. Jim Kelly



1. Steve Young

2. Fran Tarkenton

3. Randall Cunningham

4. Michael Vick

5. Donovan McNabb

6. Doug Flutie

7. John Elway

8. Archie Manning

9. Vince Young

10. Steve Grogan / Roger Staubach


Pure Passers

1. Dan Marino

2. Peyton Manning

3. Joe Montana

4. Tom Brady

5. Steve Young

6. Brett Favre

7. John Elway

8. Jim Kelly

9. Warren Moon

10. Troy Aikman



1. Brett Favre

2. John Elway

3. Dan Marino

4. Peyton Manning

5. Johnny Unitas

6. Tom Brady

7. Warren Moon

8. Dan Fouts

9. Jim Kelly

10. Terry Bradshaw



1. Joe Montana

2. John Elway

3. Tom Brady

4. Johnny Unitas

5. Dan Marino

6. Brett Favre

7. Roger Staubach

8. Joe Namath

9. Bart Starr

10. Jake Plummer


 Bums & Busts

1. Ryan Leaf

2. Cade McNown

3. Akili Smith

4. Andre Ware

5. David Klinger

6. Todd Marinovich

7. Heath Shuler

8. David Carr

9. Rick Mirer

10. Jeff George


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