Here you are in the Super Bowl-and you can pick any active QB from the 2009 season to lead your team. Do you pick the biggest arm? The most experienced player? The quickest legs?
It’s not always true that the quarterback with the most wins makes for the best quarterback to lead your team into one game. As the Super Bowl approaches, let’s take a look at the best options that are out there for the big game.
Quick facts - NFL quarterbacks this season:
1. Only five quarterbacks finished the year with a rating over 100
2. The No. 1 rated quarterback threw more interceptions than the #26th rated quarterback
3. Alex Smith finished the season rated higher than Matt Ryan, Matt Hasselbeck, and Jake Delhomme
4. Matt Shaub threw for 4,770 yards, but his team missed the playoffs. Mark Sanchez threw for 2,444 yards, but his team made it to the AFC Championship game
5. Quarterbacks that threw over 30 touchdowns: Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning
6. Highest rated quarterback with over 10 interceptions: No. 1 – Drew Brees (He ended the season with a 109.6 rating but threw 11 interceptions in 2009)
7. Despite all the talk about Aaron Rodgers taking a ton of sacks, Big Ben was actually sacked one more time than Rodgers as the Steelers' QB took a pounding a league high 50 times
8. Quick legs help: Vince Young was only sacked nine times, but only threw for 1,879 yards in 2009
9. Mark Sanchez and Matthew Stafford (despite alarmingly different records) had near identical stats: Sanchez threw 12 touchdowns to 20 interceptions and finished the season completing 53.8 percent of his passes. Stafford threw 13 touchdowns and had 20 interceptions. He finished the season completing 53.3 percent of his passes.
Enough stats; let’s get to the rankings. Just where did those Manning boys end up?