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NFL Best of the 2000s: Top 20 Quarterbacks
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The 2000s has seen its fair share of great players and moments in the past 10 years. In Part I of this series, I look at the top 20 quarterbacks.

Just to reiterate, these are not fantasy football rankings. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me explain the criteria and attributes I looked at to rank the field generals.

Accuracy: Being able to fit the ball into tight windows, hit the receiver in stride, timing, touch and arm strength. Being able to slide and step up in the pocket and still put the ball on the money.

Leadership: The quarterback position is the most important position in football. When a team faces adversity, can he instill confidence in his teammates to get through the chaos?

Intelligence: Being able to read the defense pre-snap and after, make the right decisions, audible into the correct play, feel and anticipate the rush.

It: Competitiveness, toughness, poise in two-minute situations.

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