LMS RANKING: NFL Quarterbacks 2010

LoudMouf Sports Correspondent IFebruary 27, 2010


This is our first official public ranking for LMS. These rankings are based off of overall performance throughout the 2009-2010 NFL season.

Please BE critical of each individual ranking if need be. Each rank has been specifically chosen for each athlete based on performance, statistics, skill and impact of team's success.

You don’t have to like the rankings, but it could be worse. We could’ve used the BCS System.



(1) Drew Brees - NOR (4,388 yds. 34 TD 11 INT)

Let's be honest, if it wasn't for Drew Brees, the Saints probably wouldn't even smell the Super Bowl. He led the league in touchdown passes and made very few mistakes throughout the season.

His war-cry before the games are just as intense as his delivery on throws. Not only would Brees make the accurate throw almost every play, but he would place the ball in positions where receivers can easily make the catch and turn up field for more.

The pocket presence of Brees may have been his most over-looked quality. He avoids pressure better than Belichick avoids league rules.

He is one of the few players in the league that makes everyone around him better. A Super Bowl ring with an MVP award gives Brees the top ranking ahead of the overly-sized noggin of Peyton Manning.


(2) Peyton Manning - IND (4,500 yds. 33 TD 16 INT)

What's not to say about this guy. Anything and everything you want in a quarterback lays within Peyton Manning.

Laser-rocket arm, check. Leadership and poise, check. Makes good decisions, check. Ability to make any throw on the field, check. A forehead you can project a laser show on, check. 

Manning basically had a perfect season, up until the Super Bowl. One of the best qualities Peyton has as a quarterback doesn't come from his pure born talent, but rather his attitude.

No matter who the Colts are playing, no matter what defense Peyton is lined up against, he always expects to win. The talent he displays each week is impressive, but the strong mentality he shows makes him one of the best today, and possibly all-time.


(3) Brett Favre - MIN (4,202 yds. 33 TD 7 INT)

Madden probably regretted his decision to retire from broadcasting once Bret Favre announced he was returning to the NFL. A bad time to retire as a Favre fan too because of how great of a season he had.

Favre had the best rating in the league and showed no signs of even having any off-season surgery. The pick thrown to Porter in the NFC Championship game shouldn't define the season he had (not to mention it was definitely a TEAM effort by Minnesota that lost the game).

Sure he had some of the best talent surrounding him, but Favre was playing under more pressure than he has played under his entire career.

The media was staking this man out like he was Bigfoot during the off-season. The NFL Network was camped outside his house for at least a month wondering will he retire? Will he come back? Is his arm healthy? Does he prefer paper or plastic? 

It was one of the most ridiculous off-season stories that paid off throughout the year. Despite the pressure and timing, Favre proved the critics wrong and straight up dominated the NFL season.

It wouldn't make much sense for Favre to retire now. We expect a return for the legendary jean lover after witnessing an incredible season from someone old enough to know the synopsis of Matlock.  


(4) Aaron Rodgers - GNB (4,434 yds. 30 TD 7 INT)

It's pretty ironic that Favre and Rodgers ended up ranked next to each other. Despite the beatings Rodgers takes each Sunday, his quarterback rating is one of the highest, he is never afraid to take chances, and he always looks calm and collective in the pocket.

Surprisingly, Rodgers is actually a dangerous player when he's on the run. He did a great job of escaping pressure and making good decisions when his mobility kicks in. 

He is one of the tougher quarterbacks to bring down and put up top knotch stats without Jennings or Driver having a standout season. His ability to spread the ball around shows his leadership on the field.

Washington and San Francisco should be kicking themselves for picking Alex Smith and Jason Campbell over this up-and-coming star of the league.


(5) Phillip Rivers - SND (4,254 yds. 28 TD 9 INT)

Rivers stood out as one of the best last season, throwing for over 4,000 yards with nearly 30 touchdown passes. He is as tough as they come, even though many despise him for the amount of shit he talks.

People forget, Rivers is a good ole southern boy from Alabama. He will talk trash, he will try to pick a fight and he will enjoy every minute of it. Rivers gets off on talking trash like Eugene Robinson gets off on Miami hookers.

What really impressed us about Rivers' season was the high production level with the little (to almost none) rushing attack. Sproles didn't have enough carries to consistently carry the running game, while LT was picking up three yards per carry.

The emergence of receiver Vincent Jackson definitely gave Rivers another weapon to work with. As the season prolonged, Rivers became more and more comfortable as the go-to-guy for the Charger offense.

His leadership and talent is enough to make him a successful quarterback for next season and years to come.


(6) Tony Romo - DAL (4,483 yds. 26 TD 9 INT)

This was probably the best season Romo has had in his NFL career... so far.

He seems to be taking on a more serious role in the Dallas offense, emerging as a leader and improving the quality of his game.

Although Romo tends to panic under pressure, he is still learning and showed signs of it throughout the season. He played well during the month of December which brings evidence to us that he continues to work hard on improving his decisions and attitude as a true leader for Dallas. 

He also won a playoff game!

Granted... Austin, Witten and that stable of running backs give a lot of talent for anyone to work with, but he can hold his own.


(7) Tom Brady - NWE (4,398 yds. 28 TD 13 INT)

Oh Tom, what a roller coaster season it was for this hot shot. Despite the numbers put up from Brady this season, he seemed to care more about the style of his hair rather than the game itself.

Who turns down a post-game interview after a game of Monday Night Football? He just seemed out-of-sync, mentally, and almost depressed throughout the season.

Brady did play decent over the past year, but it wasn't even close to the performance he is capable of achieving when he is 100% physically and mentally.

Our future on Brady is cloudy at this point. He is probably good to have for the next three seasons, but unless New England can get him some Prozac or Asendin, we believe the game of football has taken a toll on him, emotionally.


(8) Matt Schaub - HOU (4,770 yds. 29 TD 15 INT)

See what happens when Matt Schaub actually plays in all 16 games for Houston. He leads the league in passing yards. If Houston had a more reliable and consistent rushing attack, then the Texan offense would improve as a whole.

Schaub's stats are always impressive when he actually plays, but he needs to take on a more serious leadership role if he wants to get better. He has always had the confidence to be a true starter in the league and won't back down from anybody.

Schaub will challenge you through the air as well as the ground. The potential he has as a leader is seen in his play, but vocally and even with his body language, it needs to improve. 

With that, Schaub can take control of a very dangerous Houston offense with potential to go far in an NFL season. 


(9) Ben Roethlisberger - PIT (4,328 yds. 26 TD 12 INT)

Surprisingly, many fans have a love-hate relationship with Big Ben. Maybe it's his hard-headed attitude that he presents in his personality. Or maybe it's because he holds the ball longer than someone waiting in line at the DMV. 

Regardless, this is the best 'blue-collar' quarterback in the league playing behind a less-than-average offensive line. Roethlisberger's accuracy and velocity seemed much better this year as opposed to last. With the emergence of Mike Wallace, Big Ben has much more confidence with throwing the deep ball.

The stats back up his success overall, but his decision making and timing seemed off in close games that mattered. 

Losing to teams such as Kansas City and Oakland is ultimately what prevented Pittsburgh from making a wildcard berth.

The injury to Polamalu shook up that defense too, but Ben is has enough pure talent to put up a lot of yards and touchdowns every year.

He is ultimately responsible for the offense which was reliable at times, but just as disappointing too. 


(10) Kurt Warner - ARI (3,753 yds. 26 TD 14 INT)

Now go and get your money old grocery bag boy!

It's sad to see Warner retire. He is leaving on a high note however. Warner led the Cards to two consecutive playoffs, one of which resulted in an NFC Championship.

His leadership and knowledge ranks high in the league, and his delivery is as reliable as they come. Warner has a great understanding of the game and how to use the talent that surrounds him.

We always wondered why Warner wore a glove when he played. He never wore a glove in the past, but it seemed to work towards his benefit. At least he doesn't wear it on one hand and moonwalk out of the huddle.


(11) Eli Manning - NYG (4,021 yds. 27 TD 14 INT)

Eli was straight up running the league, until he hurt his foot. If we learned anything from the Giants and Eli Manning, it's that they don't need Plaxico Burress at receiver to be successful. Why? Because Eli is truly one of the best today.

His leadership role is the best improvement in his career so far. Yes, at times Eli looks like a human version of Droopy the Dog, but he has taken on an 'action speaks louder than words' attitude. 

Eli has the stats and reputation to be placed in the top ten, but New York flopped at the end of the season when Eli threw one touchdown, three interceptions and was sacked seven times in the final two games. 

A late season collapse for Eli and the G-Men, but these are overall season rankings, not overall career. 


(12) Donavon McNabb - PHI (3,553 yds. 22 TD 10 INT)

Another up-and-down season for Donavon McNabb. At times he looked like the quarterback we were used to watching when they made the Super Bowl. At other times, McNabb played like a chicken running around with its head cut off.

McNabb had an inconsistent season due to the lack of running Philly had. Sure McCoy is a good running back to have on your roster, but to think he will rush for 80-plus yards and one or two touchdowns each week while Westbrook is on the sidelines is too much for him. 

McCoy will improve (averaged 4.1 yards per carry), but this is about McNabb. What is really disappointing for Donavon is that he had possibly the best cast of receivers he has had in his career. McNabb took advantage of the talent around him though, just not on a consistent basis.

When Donavon struggled, he would short arm receivers and stay in the pocket way too long. It almost seems as if McNabb was afraid to use his mobility.

He's still a great player to have on your roster though. He helped provide shelter for a teamless Michael Vick, he didn't complain to coaches or the media when he was benched in favor of Kevin Kolb and gave (the always excited) Jay Cutler a nice motivational pep talk after a game.

Despite his recent play, McNabb is a great player for any organization to have. His play, work ethic and attitude make him a must have player, but his overall game can pick up... a lot.


(13) Joe Flacco - BAL (3,613 yds. 21 TD 12 INT)

We didn't see Flacco having a better sophomore year than Matt Ryan, but we also didn't expect the Saints to win the Super Bowl.

Flacco matured very well as a passer this season and still showed effectiveness on the ground. Yes, many of Baltimore's pass plays were dump off routes to the running backs, but we don't think they could've asked him to do a better job of managing the offense.

He is surrounded by very talented players, so his future as Baltimore's starter should be secure for the long run. The only question we still have is whether or not Flacco can turn into a go-to player for Baltimore in the future.

Can he? If he continues to improve his game like he has the past two seasons then there is a good possibility.

Flacco also has one of the prettiest spirals in the league. He has the potential to put the ball almost anywhere he wants. He just needs a little bit more confidence, better decision making and time to develop.


(14) Carson Palmer - CIN (3,094 yds. 21 TD 13 INT)

Palmer hasn't been the same since his injury suffered in the playoffs against Pittsburgh. He still makes reliable throws in an efficient manner with an arm that is rare to find.

His leadership role has been implemented and now has very few off-field issues that can distract him from getting the job done.

Palmer tends to look nervous in the pocket (probably because of the injury). He tends to rush throws and rarely seems confident when he drops back.

We hope Palmer isn't going through a snowball effect, slowly but surely dropping out of the elite quarterbacks in the league.

His season was overall successful however, but we have seen better play from Palmer in the past which makes us wonder how good he can be with everything going the right way for this Trojan alum.


(15) Kyle Orton - DEN (3,802 yds. 21 TD 12 INT)

Orton may have been the biggest surprise at the quarterback position last year. Although it seems like Orton is ready to fall asleep at any moment, he plays with an aggressive attitude and a chip on his shoulder.

It doesn't hurt to have Brandon Marshall snag every pass like a vacuum cleaner either, but Orton filled in nicely by getting everyone involved in the passing game.

Don't let the lackadaisical cover fool you. Orton is a talented, hungry for respect quarterback with a lot to prove next year.


(16) Matt Ryan - ATL (2,916 yds. 22 TD 14 INT)

It was a disappointing season for Matt Ryan to say the least. He seemed to only focus on Tony Gonzalez in third down situations and would scramble into the pressure rather than away from it.

His stats were still effective and Ryan would help put points on the board for Atlanta most of the season. He was inconsistent however, and tried to do too much for what he is capable of.

Ryan will be a leader and go-to-guy in the league one day, but as a sophomore, he tried to make plays happen on his own too many times.

He took on a George W. Bush role, a 'want-to-be' leader who didn't understand what he was getting himself into (sorry if you’re republican).

The Falcons did have a winning record, and Ryan's play did help impact their record positively. If you consider this a sophomore slump from Ryan than Falcon fans have little to worry about for the future.


(17) Mark Sanchez - NYJ (2,444 yds. 12 TD 20 INT)

His stats might not show it, but Sanchez was a huge impact for the New York Jets. Anytime a rookie can help lead a team into the post-season (especially at the quarterback position), you know you’re working with someone special.

Although Sanchez is more of a gun-slinger, he can make positive plays on the ground as well. He will have his games where he thinks he can do anything he wants, which usually results in four to five picks.

The defense and running game helped Sanchez succeed in his first year, but he has the talent, charisma and swagger to resurrect the quarterback position in New York.

If Sanchez keeps developing and learning the game he is on pace for, then New York should have a big contract waiting for him with a Oscar Meyer hot dog on the side.


(18) Vince Young - TEN (1,879 yds. 10 TD 7 INT)

You think Kerry Collins will be walking around Tennessee with a gun next year? Vince Young won't be. For six straight weeks, LMS, Tennessee fans and every NFL spectator was just waiting for Vince to save the season.

It's uncharacteristic of Jeff Fisher to wait until his team is 0-6 to make a change at the quarterback position, especially if your backup has led your team to the playoffs every year he has started at the beginning of the season.

His mobility goes unquestioned and his decision making improved greatly (that's what happens when you sit down and take notes from Collins for one year).

One of Vince's best stats is the amount of wins he has as a starter. He is a winner, plain and simple. We expect better stats from Vince now that he will more than likely enter next season as the Titan's starting quarterback.

Consistency and decision making will ultimately make or break Vince next season. But if the overly emotional Young picks up where he left off, Tennessee and Vince will be successful next year.


(19) Jay Cutler - CHI (3,666 yds. 27 TD 26 INT)

We were going to make depression or lack of enthusiasm joke here, but Cutler actually seemed dedicated to try and prove critics wrong by improving his demeanor on the field.

What's sad is that when Cutler actually seemed to care about playing football, he struggled. 26 interceptions are way too many for any starting quarterback, especially if you gave up first round picks to acquire him.

Cutler will improve though. He still had more touchdowns than interceptions (barely) and almost threw for over 4,000 yards. 

Cutler will get his when it's all said and done in the windy city, but if he continues to have seasons like he did last year (which we don't expect) then he might be the best over-rated player in sports. 


(20) David Garrard - JAC (3,597 yds. 15 TD 10 INT)

How do you throw for that many yards with only 15 touchdowns? Garrard's problem is not his decision making, his confidence, his talent or his football knowledge, rather the fact he can't put points on the board.

His accuracy combined with his mobility might be the best in the league, but if he can't help put points on the board, then he is nothing more than a glorified backup.

The mayor of Jacksonville wants Del Rio to pick Tim Tebow with the first pick, and if the sleepless coach agrees, then Garrard might be in the same place he was when they drafted Leftwhich.

The future for Garrard is as questionable as Andy Dick's sex preference, but he is an efficient game manager that a lot of teams would like to have because of his ability and leadership.


(21) Chad Henne - MIA (2,878 yds. 12 TD 14 INT)

The sky is the limit for this kid. Parcells had a plan all along. Grab the two best players that were at Michigan at the time (tough guys), bring them to Miami and develop them into solid NFL players.

His accuracy is under-looked and the velocity on his throws could make many NFL highlights. The weapons around him only enhance his chances for success, but he will have to prove it when he is the starter entering next season.


(22) Matt Moore - CAR (1,053 yds. 8 TD 2 INT)

Before John Fox goes to bed, he should pray every night thanking God for sending down Matt Moore to save his job before Delhomme ruined it like the country's economy.

He is as calm and cool a passer as they come and can hurt almost any defense if they over-look him. Teams do that already though, which may be why he was so successful when Delhomme went out.

Ever since he was on the Dallas practice squad, we have been preaching this young talent. His mechanics, poise and awareness are textbook, along with his overall approach at the quarterback position.

After the season Moore had, Delhomme's starting position should disappear faster than Sammy Sosa's skin color.


(23) Alex Smith - SFO (2,350 yds. 18 TD 12 INT)

Alex Smith had a great season in our view. He has been ridiculed by everyone (including us) since he was drafted by San Francisco. The team went into the season starting Shaun Hill instead of him and he was fighting injuries.

Yet, Smith filled in better-than-average when his number was called. He was more aggressive and confident in his decision making and he seemed more comfortable in the pocket, which also led other players to follow.

Waiting to see what Alex Smith does with this offense next season is going to be exciting for us to watch.

Will he deliver? Only time will tell. Singletary seems to have the team playing physical, tough football and the surrounding talent seems to favor Smith.


(24) Matt Hasslebeck - SEA (3,029 yds. 17 TD 17 INT)

It was kind of disappointing to see Hasslebeck struggle last season. Injuries have seemed to haunt Seattle for the past two years. They've had more players see their trainer than clubs shot up by Pacman.

His arm strength seems less-than-average and he looks nervous, as if he doesn't know anyone on his offense he can trust. Carlson has been reliable, but he can't be the only one helping Hasslebeck out.

There is still no definite rushing game and he is always either scrambling or being sacked.

Hasslebeck is a good talent, but he needs his role players to step up and the offensive line to give him time if he is going to find success. Hasslebeck is getting old though, so we wonder how much time he has.


(25) Matt Cassel - KNC (2,924 yds. 16 TD 16 INT)

The mysterious Matt Cassel. Does anybody truly and definitively know what to expect from him? He is the Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the NFL.

Kansas City is a scrappy team (in a good way) that fights, plays hard and won't back down. They're just not consistent in that way, but they show signs of it.

Cassel will have Charles behind him entering the season along with Bowe at receiver. Chambers also picked up his game when he was released by San Diego.

What we are getting at is that Kansas City has young, hard working talent on both sides of the ball (maybe not on the offensive line) who have potential to produce good consistent numbers.

That all relies on Cassel at the quarterback position for their offense. Charles can carry the ball well, but their aerial attack needs to be effectively consistent in order for the Chiefs to be successful.

Cassel has the weapons, talent and work ethic around him to be good. Whether he can produce solid numbers (not even win games) with that talent will determine his future in Kansas City and possibly NFL.


(26) Jason Campbell - WAS (3,618 yds. 20 TD 15 INT)

This man was on his back more times than a Las Vegas hooker in her prime. Despite playing behind an injured and often switched around offensive line, Campbell produced decent stats.

He wasn't even close to being an effective player though. Watching Campbell play makes you wonder two things. One, can he succeed with a healthy cast? Two, do the Redskins even practice with him?

Give Campbell a healthy supporting cast, a coach that isn't afraid to say the word 'boo' and evaluate him from there.

He has been productive and solid in the past, and for that we believe the above statement might be the fairest way to judge Campbell's future. Last season proved to us he can't carry a team by himself.


(27) Josh Freeman - TMB (1,855 yds. 10 TD 18 INT)

Freeman had a roller coaster season, but showed many positive signs over negative. He can both run and pass the ball effectively and shows potential in terms of fitting balls through tight windows.

We love what Morris is doing in Tampa. He is getting to his players just by being himself. Freeman is a laid back player with an aggressive game, which is what Morris is as a coach.

Freeman's entire demeanor resembles his head coach, which catches on with the rest of the team. That right there is how Freeman will find success in Tampa if he stays there long-term.


(28) Matthew Stafford - DET (2,267 yds. 13 TD 20 INT)

Stafford's toughness surprised us. He seems like a really cool guy, but easy to dislike. Then he separates his shoulder and wins the game on the same drive. You can't do anything but respect him at that point.

He is not afraid to throw the home run ball at any moment of a game. He doesn't back down from any defender and shows signs of being a respected, vocal leader of that offense.

The only thing that can prevent Matthew Stafford from being successful is the uniform he is in, but Matt Millan is gone, so expect anything from him and the Lions.


(29) Brady Quinn - CLE (1,339 yds. 8 TD 7 INT)

Injuries ang playing time have hurt his young career so far, not to mention Derek Anderson breathing down his neck. If Cleveland wants Brady to develop into his top potential, Anderson needs to go, just to show trust and commitment.

Quinn has a nice tight spiral with a very quick release. His accuracy has tons of potential, but he does not throw the ball wisely.

It's hard to evaluate a player like Brady Quinn. His comfort level seems very low on the field and with the organization.


(30) Bruce Gradkowski - OAK (1,007 yds. 6 TD 3 INT)

Other than Orton, Gradkowski is one of the bigger surprises in the league. He did alright with Tampa, but who would've expected him to do any better in Oakland?


He seems to click with the players surrounding him and Louis Murphy is proving to become a go-to-guy for their aerial attack.


He is smart in the pocket and rarely tries to squeeze balls into areas he knows he can't make the throw. His success last year has us wondering if Oakland really needs Mike Vick to be successful.


Don't get us wrong, adding Mick Vick with the talent in Oakland would be disgusting. But Gradkowski seemed like he can easily fill the position if Oakland was truly committed to him.



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