If you could pick one quarterback to lead your team on Super Bowl Sunday who would you pick? Not which quarterback has had the best career. Not which quarterback has had the most past playoff success. Not which quarterback put up the best stats this season. Who would you want behind center in the biggest game of the year. It's hard to argue with whose number one, but it's the rest of the top ten that's up for debate. So, I present to you, The Top Ten NFL Quarterbacks Right Now.
Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the NFL. When it’s all said and done, Peyton Manning may be the best quarterback to ever play the game. Anyone who doesn’t place Peyton on the top of their list is holding some kind of bias against him. Enough said.
Over the past few years Drew Brees has established himself amongst the league's elite. He has shown the ability to make every throw in the game, and has an uncanny knack for spreading the ball around the offense. He is fearless in the pocket and throws the deep ball as well as anyone in the league. If you can't have Peyton, Drew is a pretty darn good alternate.
Despite the success Brett Favre has had this season, this year Aaron Rodgers convinced Packer fans that management made the right decision in letting Favre walk and turning the offense over to Rodgers. He showed big play ability and an extremely strong and accurate arm. Rodgers emerged as one of the game's best, and he did it all while running like heck away from the constant push rush allowed by a sieve of an offensive line.
I know some will argue that Brady is too far down on this list. However, the fact is that Brady is at best the fourth best quarterback in the NFL right now. His return from major knee surgery was by most accounts a success, but the reality is that this is not the same Tom Brady we saw prior to the injury. Brady is still among the league's best, but the 2010 version of Tom Brady is not as consistent as the Tom Brady we knew back in 2008.
Over the past few seasons Phillip Rivers has straddled the line of the league's top tier quarterbacks. I think his name belongs on that list. Rivers's strong arm and fiery attitude make him one of the league's most exciting quarterbacks as well. Rivers has developed the reputation as being somewhat of a gunslinger, but if that is the worse you can say about a guy, he's doing pretty well for himself.
Speaking of gunslingers. The ageless Favre has proven everyone wrong by staying healthy and being as productive as ever. No one can match even a 40 plus year old Favre when it comes to drive and creativity. Favre makes throws that other quarterbacks 15 years younger won't even try. You don't have to like him after the shenanigans he put us all through, but you have to respect him for still being one of the NFL's best.
Schaub is the NFL's unheralded star. The fact that he has never made a playoff appearance and has been extremely injury prone have resulted in a lack of respect for one of the game's best quarterbacks. While Schaub and the Texans just missed making the playoffs this year, Schaub did manage to start all 16 games for the first time this season and did not disappoint.
Tony Romo has always possessed the tools to rank amongst the league's best, but struggled with consistency and decision making in the recent past. Romo has begun to put it all together and is quickly reestablishing himself as one of the game's elite. When he's on, Romo is easily one of the game's most dangerous passers.
Ben Roethlisberger has developed into such a great passer that the Steelers abandoned their trademark run attack for a pass first offense this season. In addition to a rocket arm, Roethlisberger is a fearless leader and is the league's best when it comes to moving in the pocket and making a play. Big Ben is quickly moving into the ranks of the league's best.
The league's other ageless wonder still ranks as one of the best passers and best on and off the field leaders in the NFL. What makes Warner special is his knack for performing at his best just when everyone starts to doubt him. Hopefully he has not thrown his last NFL pass, but if he has he will be missed. It will be a crime if he doesn't end up in Canton one day.
That is the official unofficial Top Ten NFL Quarterbacks Right Now. Tell me why I am wrong. Tell me why I am right. Tell me who deserves to be on the list. Tell me who doesn't belong on the list. Tell me who I listed too high. Tell me who I listed too low. Just don't bring up the name Eli Manning.