Come to Think of It: Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks
Selecting the top QBs in football is a lot like picking your nose. A part of you is dying to do it, yet you hope that nobody sees you, for you just know that everyone isn't going to agree with you and see it your way.
Still, this is the path that I've chosen and dammit, I am right!
Unless I'm wrong, of course.
Either way, check this out and let me know what you think. Oh, and by the way, as for the picture, um, well, she is wearing a Tony Romo thong, come to think of it.
10. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas QB has been hot and cold during his career, and he is hot right now. He has thrown eight TDs to zero INTs over his last three games. He is on a pace to throw for over 4,300 yards this season.
And while he may be inconsistent, he is a smart and crafty performer who just needs to take better care of the football in critical situations.
Besides, would I turn down an opportunity to run this picture?
9. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
As a Bears fan, this one hurts. But truth be told, Rodgers is having a fine season. His QB rating was over 110 entering Sunday's games, with 14 TDs against just two INTs.
Rodgers has all the tools: he moves well, throws accurately and reads defenses well. In only his second season since replacing a legend in Green Bay, he has nowhere to go but up in this list.
8. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles
McNabb has quietly put together a nice season since coming back from injury.
He has thrown nine TDs against only one INT, and has a QB rating of 103.2 going into Sunday night's contest.
While he used to be more of a playmaker with his legs, he now is more of a pocket passer with a strong arm.
7. Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
Favre may be a persona non grata in Green Bay, but Vikings fans are certainly glad he decided to come out of retirement. Again.
Look, he is not on this list simply because of his Hall of Fame career. He is still a very effective QB.
He has a QB rating of 106 and has thrown 16 TDs with only three INTs. He may be older than dirt, but the man can still play.
6. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Peyton's younger brother is on this list because he is a fine QB who has won a Super Bowl playing in the toughest town in sports.
Eli is having a decent season for the Giants, though he doesn't pile up outrageous numbers.
He just gets the job done. And yes, that is really a drunk Eli Manning with Paris Hilton.
5. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers averages just under nine yards per attempt and has a QB rating of 96.
He may not be overly mobile, but he sees the field well and distributes the ball with accuracy.
Last year, Rivers threw for over 4,000 yards with 34 TDs. He just needs a Super Bowl to be given the respect he deserves as a top-flight QB in the league.
No. 4: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben is a big-time player in big games. He moves with surprising quickness and agility and has a rocket arm.
He's thrown for over 2,000 yards already this season with a QB rating of 102.6.
Meanwhile, he has had great seasons followed by inconsistent seasons. For example, a fine year so far in 2009, but only a QB rating of 80 last year.
In 2007, he was outstanding with 32 TDs vs. 11 INTs and a QB rating of 104.1. In 2006, he threw more INTs than TDs. You get the point.
But he has won a high percentage of the games he has started, including two SBs. That's good enough for me.
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees is having an outstanding season so far, with 16 TDs and a QB rating of 107.6 going into Sunday. He threw for over 5,000 yards last season.
He may be undersized but his results have been supersized.
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
It's hard not to pick Brady as the top QB in the NFL, but believe it or not, I feel there is someone just slightly better than him.
Brady's career has been as fine as anyone, and he has come back from missing 2008 rather nicely.
Fifteen TDs, 2,000-plus yards, and a QB rating of about 100 are excellent, of course, but his 50 TDs and 117.2 rating in 2007 were simply absurd.
Meanwhile, we all know what an elite player he is in pressure situations.
I can't argue with you if you disagree and pick Brady as No. 1, but here comes the obvious...
1. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
What else can you say about a QB who has thrown for almost 50,000 yards in parts of 12 seasons? Well, a lot more, actually.
Manning once had a QB rating of 121.1, and has thrown for as many as 49 TDs in a season and 348 TDs in his stellar Hall of Fame career. And he shows little signs of slowing down.
So far in 2009, Peyton has completed 71 percent of his passes, which would be the best of his career if it continues, and has 15 TDs and 2,227 yards. His average of 8.5 yards would be the second highest of his career.
Manning has started all 16 games in 11 consecutive seasons. On the field, he is a general. What's not to like?