NFL Playoffs: The Top 4 Playoff QBs

Yusuf HassanCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2011

NFL Playoffs: The Top 4 Playoff QBs

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    Quarterbacks are a rare breed of player and arguably the most important and most difficult position to master.

    In this list, I've listed the greatest quarterbacks of our generation.

    The criteria is based on wins, touchdowns, championships and the intangibles that go into making greatness at the quarterback position.

    Only current players are eligible, so I've only listed current players.

No. 4: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings

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    Favre has set many passing records. He's an iron man. He's won a Super Bowl.

    But he also holds the record for the most interceptions in NFL history. He has a history of poor decision-making, mostly because he has relied on his cannon of an arm to create miracles.

    Despite, the off-the-field issues and interceptions, Brett is a legend and future Hall of Famer.

No. 3: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

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    Without him, the Colts might have been a perpetual mediocre team. But with Manning, the Colts are as formidable as any offense in the league. However, Manning has had the best arsenal of wide receivers and arguably the best passing offensive line in football.

    Both Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne are Hall of Fame-caliber wideouts.

    When his pocket breaks down, Manning is just above average, but when he can sit in the pocket for 10 seconds, he’s the best in the game.

    In the Super Bowl last year against the New Orleans Saints, he was pressured and he threw a pick-six that lost the game.

No. 2, Runner-Up: Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    Brady has a Hall of Fame-worthy track record.

    He is the new millennium "Broadway" Joe Namath with more Super Bowl rings.

    He is the poster boy for GQ and Esquire, but he’s also the most protected quarterback of this generation.

    He stands in the pocket, unmolested, and waits for his receivers to breakdown coverages.

    Brady has won three Super Bowls behind the best pass-blocking line in the league and in the best offensive scheme known to man.

    The biggest question: Would he have been as successful on any other team? I doubt it. Regardless, he will go down as the runner-up.

Greatest QB of Our Generation: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Big Ben is the most physically imposing quarterback in the NFL. He might never win an MVP or be a cover-boy for GQ magazine, but every year he plays, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the championship race.

    In addition, Roethlisberger, unlike Manning and Brady, has won Super Bowls without a world class offensive line or the Hall of Fame-caliber wide receivers that Manning and Brady play pitch and catch with.

    Roethlisberger has made a career out of extending plays with his legs and brute force. Manning and Brady are pure pocket passers, who are much less effective or mediocre when they their pockets collapse.

    Roethlisberger, on the other hand, wins with or without a dominant offensive line or all-time great wide receivers, and if he retires with three or four Super Bowl championships, which is totally possible, he will cement his legacy as the greatest quarterback of his era.

    If the Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl this year, which I believe they will, Big Ben has the most legitimate claim as the best quarterback of this generation.