Top 5 Quarterbacks Of The Decade

Ahmad RashadAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2010

There's been a lot of articles written about quarterbacks lately. Some, if not most, have been between Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning. But Manning and Big Ben were not the only great QB's this decade.

Now before you vote please read my explainations of each player. I was fair and I gave each player credit where credit was due and kept the critisism to a minimum. So without further ado here is my Top 5 QB's of the decade


5. PHILLIP RIVERS Phillip Rivers has been one of the best regular season QB's this decade. 6 years with the Chargers have given him a 63.1 CP%, 14,951 yards, a 7.8 YPA, 106 TD's, 45 INT's, 103 sacks, and a 95.8 QB rating.

Considering the fact that he only played a combined 4 games in his first 2 years, he's done pretty well. It also doesn't hurt that he's had LT and Darren Sproles to help him out.

Some have even considered him to be an elite QB. I for one think he's almost there. He doesn't carry his regular season prowess into the playoffs. He has a 2-3 record in the playoffs and a 0-0 record in the SB.

If he can win a ring, I think he'd be considered as such. I believe he can do it. He has the potential and the weapons to due so. Losing LT shouldn't hurt him too bad.

Anyway Rivers is entering his prime and I expect him to aquire a least one ring before he retires maybe 2. Keep up the good work.


4.DREW BREES Congrats on the ring man. I know Brees is low on the list but he really didn't start being truly great till he joined the Saints in 06, but more on that later.

5 years with the Chargers and 4 years with the Saints have given him 30,646 yards, a 64.8 CP%, 7.4 YPA, 202 TD's, 110 INT's, 159 sacks, and a QB rating of 91.9.

Pretty good stats. Judging by them you will see Brees hit his apex when he came to New Orleans. I can tell that Brees just feels that city's pain and all they've been through. Now New Orleans have something to cheer about in the form of a Lombardi trophy.

Brees is just simply amazing. He came close to breaking Marino's single season passing record with 15 yards to spare. Last year he broke the single season record for CP% with 70.6. I wonder what he will accomplish this year.

It also helps that he has he crowd noise as an advantage. The Superdome has to be the loudest place to play in. I feel sorry for the opposing team because they have to deal with all that noise.

I don't see Brees leaving the Saints anytime soon. New Orleans loves him so much I heard they were calling him "Breesus." With that I think he'll stay there for the rest of his career. Hopefully he can get at least another ring before he retires.


3.PEYTON MANNING Where do I begin with Manning? I know everyone is going to be yanking my chain for putting him above Brees, but remember this is Top 5 QB's of the decade. They're getting ranked for their performance all decade. As much as I despise Manning, he's still a great QB and deserves the #3 spot.

12 years with the Colts have given him 50,128 yards, a 64.8 CP%, 7.7 YPA, 366 TD's, 181 INT's, 215 sacks, and a 95.2 QB rating.

I'm going to be honest with everyone. To say I'm not a big Manning fan is an understatement. But there is no denying what he has done.

He became the quickest QB to pass for 50,000 yards last year. He's had 2 near undefeated seasons. He would have gone undefeated last year had their head coach not pulled the starters out.

Manning has passed for over 4000 yards in all but 2 of his seasons. The least he's ever passed for was 3,749 yards and that was in his rookie year. He also has an NFL record 4 MVP awards.

One area where Manning struggles in is in the playoffs. He has a 9-9 record there. For some reason he can't carry his greatness with him when it matters most, but he does however have a ring.

He's been called one of the greatest if not the greatest QB of all time. I don't think he is, but that's my opinion. He will go down as one of the greatest and is sure fire for the HOF.

All in all I think he's had a good career. I say about 2-3 more years out of him then he'll retire.

2. BEN ROETHLISBERGER Big Ben. Sorry Steeler fans but he has to settle for #2.  Trust me it wasn't easy putting him here but I put reality over my heart and if you do the same you will see why Big Ben isn't QB of the decade.

6 years with the Steelers have given him 19,302 yards, a 63.3 CP%, 8.0 YPA, 127 TD's, 81 INT's, 242 sacks,(ouch) and a 91.7 QB rating. 

They call this guy Big Ben for a reason. I have never seen a QB shake off more tackles than Big Ben. Not only does he shake them off, more times than not, he can still make a completion.

I'm telling you Ben is the best QB in the league outside of the pocket. Not exactly a Vick or a Rodgers when it comes to scrambling but he can find something out of nothing.

His biggest weakness is his sack count. Ben takes more sacks than any QB in the league. Half of them are his fault because of his style but the other half are because of his O line.

On the plus side Big Ben has made many accomplishments: Offensive Rookie of the Year, most comeback wins and winning % in first 5 seasons, 2 rings,(oh that's good) a 2-0 SB record, a 8-2 playoff record, 3rd QB to pass for over 500 yards, 3 TD's and no picks in 1 game, 10th QB to pass for 500 yards in 1 game, and first Steelers QB to pass for over 4000 yards in one season.

Remember when Ben first arrived, The Steelers were a running team with Ben being a game manager. Now he has developed into one of the most prolific passers in the league.

Ben has just entered his prime, so expect his next few years to be white-hot. If he keeps it up, he could end up in the HOF.


1.TOM BRADY Spencer I can hear you yelling at me already. I know I'll probably take a lot of heat from my fellow fans for putting Brady first but hey, he deserves it.

I may be a Steelers fan but I'm not stupid. I will give credit to other players and or teams where credit is due. So on that note Brady wins QB of the decade.

10 years with the Patriots have given him 30,844 yards, a 63.3 CP%, 7.3 YPA, 225 TD's, 99 INT's, 219 sacks, and a 93.3 QB rating.

Mr. Tom Terrific. He was on his way to becoming the greatest QB ever, but a simple, yet crude, blow to the knee ruined all that. Nevertheless 3 rings and 4 SB appearances are nothing to laugh at either.

Brady will always be remembered for his undefeated 07 season when he set an NFL record for most TD passes in a season with 50. He made it all the way to the SB and loss 17-14 to the Giants.

I'm going to give Brady his props. He gave his defense the lead wth about 2 minutes left. But just like the Steelers D this year they blew it and the Giants won.

And who will forget the SB against the Raiders when the unknown "Tuck Rule" came into play. I still think that play was a fumble to this day.

Anyway Brady has had a heck of a career. I do believe he will go to the HOF. I say he has about 3-4 years left of his career. But when he does retire, he will be remembered as one of the greatest QB's ever.


Well this is the end of my Top 5 QB's of the decade. Top 5 Defenses of the decade is up next so look out for it. Below you will find my Honorable Mention's list. If you disagree with any one of my choices, let me know in the comments.

HONORABLE MENTION Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Steve McNair, Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer(I'll give him his props)