The Top 100 NFL Quarterbacks of 2011

Tyler HornerCorrespondent IIMay 7, 2011

The Top 100 NFL Quarterbacks of 2011

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    Each passing season, it becomes more and more apparent. The NFL is driven by quarterbacks. 

    Coaches are fired...because of quarterbacks. 

    Super Bowls are won...because of quarterbacks. 

    Super Bowls are lost...because of quarterbacks. 

    The impact of the quarterback on the NFL exceeds that of any other position. They touch the ball almost every down and they are responsible for more than just an assignment. They carry the burden of being scrutinized weekly on every mistake they make, and they are rarely praised for their efforts. 

    You probably won't recognize every player on this list unless you're a diehard—like myself. I dissected every quarterback currently on an NFL team and decided where the rookies factor in.

    Based on talent, one cannot dispute that rookies don't belong on this list, and I don't believe anyone will argue with their positions—three made the list. And remember, this list is an indicator of who I would want to play for my team right now.

    I considered accuracy, awareness, arm power, brains/ability to read defenses, performance in the clutch, leadership, ability to elevate the level of teammates, consistency, size, pocket mobility, scrambling ability, durability and all kinds of other "abilities."

    But before I bore you with any more, I'll allow you to continue on to the largest list of current NFL quarterbacks ever compiled.   

Players 100-91

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    100. Rudy Carpenter, Tampa Bay: The 25-year-old opens up the list. He has struggled to find the field in Tampa Bay, but he has the arm strength to eventually develop into a solid second-or-third stringer. Rating: 61 

    99. Tyler Palko, Kansas City: He came out of college old, but he has already gained some experience. He's athletic, but doesn't have the skills to become a career backup. Rating: 61  

    98. Rusty Smith, Tennessee: Rusty saw some action against a porous Houston defense in 2010, but his skills seemed "Rusty"—pun intended. He threw three picks and ended up with a 26.7 QB rating. At this point, I wouldn't feel comfortable with having him on the field for an extended period of time. Rating: 62

    97. Max Hall, Arizona: Hall led an upset against New Orleans in Week 5, but his 65.0 QB rating was not the most impressive. He was shaky in his following appearances so I don't believe he's more than a third stringer at this point. Rating: 62

    96. Chase Daniel, New Orleans: Daniel is undersized, but he moves very well in the pocket and understands the quarterback position well. He's a guy you want wearing the headset. Rating: 62

    95. Kevin O'Connell, New York: O'Connell hasn't seen regular-season action since 2008, but he has the physical skills to be a serviceable backup down the road. Rating: 63

    94. Erik Ainge, New York: Ainge doesn't have the experience yet, but based on skills, he could rank higher on this list. Character and commitment problems have clouded his entrance to the field. Rating: 63

    93. Jordan Palmer, Cincinnati: Carson's younger brother was hoping to get his first chance to shine on the field until Cincy drafted quarterback Andy Dalton. He has a good arm and NFL size, but he lacks the accuracy and mental skills to ever touch the success of Carson. Rating: 63 

    92. Brian St. Pierre, Carolina: St. Pierre skipped around a few teams in his nine-year career until signing with Carolina in 2010. Against the Ravens, Pierre played decent until falling apart in the fourth quarter. He is a smart guy though who is respected by teammates. Rating: 63

    91. Levi Brown, Buffalo: Brown is a big guy who has adequate arm strength. He did see some action in 2010, but looks to be relegated to the sidelines with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm atop the depth chart. Rating: 63


Players 90-81

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    90. Curtis Painter, Indianapolis: Painter drew some major flack from Colts fans when he virtually spoiled a perfect season in 2009. In his two-interception performance, Painter ended up with a 9.8 QB rating. However, Painter has a good arm; he just needs more experience. Rating: 64

    89. Todd Collins, Chicago: Collins put up disgusting numbers in 2010. There is no other way to put it. He threw five interceptions in only 27 attempts. While his days of battling for a starting role may be over, he has plenty of NFL experience, making him worthy of a roster spot on many teams. Rating: 64

    88. Sean Canfield, New Orleans: Canfield is still a prospect, but I believe in his future as a backup. He is accurate and can consistently make most throws.  Rating: 64

    87. Tony Pike, Carolina: Pike was relatively effective in his rookie season in comparison with the other Carolina quarterbacks. His 60.1 QB rating surpasses teammates Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen. He looks like an NFL quarterback and throws like one. He just needs to put it all together. Rating: 64

    86. Mike Kafka, Philadelphia: I love what Mike Kafka did at Northwestern and it wouldn't surprise me to see him battle for a starting job within the next two seasons. He is an accurate passer who has the athleticism and intelligence to make a push for a starting job. Rating: 65

    85. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati: Commence the all-predictable complainers of rookies being included on positional rankings before they play a snap in the NFL. Dalton is very accurate, and while I typically shy away from this term, he is NFL ready. He's smart and appears capable of taking on the leadership role in Cincy. Rating: 65 

    84. Brian Brohm, Buffalo: Brohm has been disappointing to say the least since he entered the NFL. He has not developed as many expected and the arm strength that many remembered from his days in Louisville has not translated to NFL success. Rating: 65

    83. Nate Davis, Seattle: Davis is athletic and has a huge arm. It is yet to be determined if he can ascend to a starting role, but I would feel comfortable with giving him an opportunity to play right now. Rating: 66 

    82. Dan LeFevour, Cincinnati: LeFevour will get the chance to compete for a starting job in 2011. With Carson Palmer's status up in the air, LeFevour will have to show off what made him one of the most productive college quarterbacks of all-time. Rating: 66

    81. Brian Hoyer, New England: Hoyer isn't incredibly skilled in any facet of the position, but he is not deficient in any area. He is impressive when playing for longer stretches—111.7 QB rating versus Miami in Week 17—but will need to find a starting job elsewhere, as New England might have found its future in Ryan Mallet. Rating: 66 

Players 80-71

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    80. Keith Null, Carolina: I believe Null is one of the more underrated players on this list. He has good arm strength, but is making the transition from a spread offense in college to the NFL. He reads coverages well, though, and is skilled enough to provide great depth. Rating: 66

    79. Joe Webb, Minnesota: Webb was impressive versus Philadelphia towards the end of 2010 and is clearly a threat to run at all times. I believe he can maintain his starting job as long as Minnesota doesn't feel obligated to rush their rookie quarterback, Christian Ponder, into the starting lineup. Rating: 67

    78. J.T. O'Sullivan, Oakland: O'Sullivan is a solid backup. He showed that he still has good arm strength and accuracy when he held down the starting job for part of the 2008 season in San Francisco. He's inconsistent with his reads and decision making, though. Rating: 68

    77. Dan Orlovsky, Houston: Orlovsky has prototypical size, but does not have overwhelming arm strength. He did a solid job in Detroit during the 2008 season. He just needs to develop an understanding of where the back of the end zone is. Rating: 68

    76. Caleb Hanie, Chicago: Hanie was very impressive in the playoffs, despite what the numbers may tell you. He solidified his role as the backup to Jay Cutler with his performance against the Packers. Rating: 68

    75. Jim Sorgi, NY Giants: Sorgi has been Peyton Manning's backup for the bulk of his career. It's not exactly the position you want to be in, but he managed to exit that role as an accomplished backup quarterback. He is solid in all phases of the game and it didn't hurt that he studied film with the league's best student. Rating: 69

    74. A.J. Feeley, St. Louis: Feeley has been a solid backup throughout his career. He has good size and a quality arm. He's also very intelligent and remains a solid option as a backup quarterback. Rating: 68.7

    73. J.P. Losman, Seattle: Losman has the physical tools, but he just hasn't been able to put the intricate puzzle of playing in the NFL together. His inconsistency has almost led to an exit from the NFL, but his stellar arm will always keep a roster spot available for him. Rating: 69

    72. Luke McCown, Jacksonville: McCown has been effective as a fill-in starter, but his roster spot with the Jaguars may be in jeopardy due to the drafting of Blaine Gabbert and a knee injury. Rating: 69

    71. Chris Simms, Tennessee: After an impressive stint in Tampa Bay, Simms has struggled to find the field. He hasn't lived up to to the Simms bloodline, but is a serviceable backup nonetheless. Rating: 69

Players 70-61

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    70. Charlie Frye, Oakland: After starting for Cleveland in 2006, Frye has been unable to make the leap back into a starting job. This is mostly due to problems with accuracy. Rating: 70

    69. Brodie Croyle, Kansas City: Croyle almost earned the starting job in 2007, but Kansas City learned that he was not their team's future. He has a good arm, but has struggled to vertically attack opposing defenses. Rating: 70

    68. Tyler Thigpen, Miami: Thigpen appeared ready for a starting job when he threw for 18 touchdowns with Kansas City in 2008, but he has lost some steam since then. He's athletic, but isn't able to consistently perform from the pocket. Rating: 70

    67. Josh Johnson, Tampa Bay: Johnson is a great scrambler and has a big arm, but isn't ready to assume a starting job. He is still learning the complexity of defenses in the NFL. Rating: 70

    66. Kyle Boller, Oakland: Boller has been in and out of the starting lineup since his career began. Baltimore was obligated to give him an opportunity because of his rocket arm, but he was never able to live up to the performance expected out of a 19th-overall pick. Rating: 70

    65. Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh: Batch has been very consistent as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger in recent years. He was solid when filling in for the suspended quarterback and is a quality "game manager." Rating: 70

    64. Matt Flynn, Green Bay: Flynn really caught my eye with his performance versus New England in Week 15. Flynn is a solid all-around player who has potential to earn a starting job elsewhere or fill in if Aaron Rodgers gets injured once again. Rating: 71

    63. John Beck, Washington: Beck is a high-character guy who is respected by teammates and coaches alike. There are reports that coach Mike Shanahan is a fan of Beck so don't rule him out to win the starting job over Rex Grossman or Donovan McNabb, if he's still there. Rating: 71

    62. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville: Gabbert, the second rookie on the list, has a big arm and is very mobile. He also has deadly accuracy and can make a huge impact down the road once he is able to break into the starting lineup. Remember, this list is a prediction of how players would perform right now, not just an opinion or ranking of past performance. Rating: 71

    61. Charlie Whitehurst, Seattle: Whitehurst was largely responsible for boosting the Seahawks into the playoffs in 2010. His performance versus St. Louis allowed Seattle to make history, becoming the only team with a losing record ever to appear in and win a playoff game. Rating: 71

Players 60-51

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    60. Cam Newton, Carolina: Newton arrives in Carolina with a huge weight on his shoulders—the entire Carolina franchise. They will rely on him to make a quick transition to the NFL and I am a believer that he will do so. Rating: 71

    59. Dennis Dixon, Pittsburgh: Dixon is incredibly talented and athletic. He has been impressive in his limited playing time, but it is my belief—and that of many others—that he will eventually be a starter in the NFL. Rating: 71

    58. Jimmy Clausen, Carolina: After being overrated by Mel Kiper, Clausen struggled during his rookie season. He was not as prepared for the NFL as many believed and likely won't get the chance to redeem himself with Cam Newton in town. Nonetheless, Clausen does have a good arm and has room for improvement. Rating: 71

    57. Kellen Clemens, NY Jets: Clemens has good arm strength and is a very good backup quarterback. He was almost a free agent in 2010, but the Jets smartly kept him on the roster. Rating: 72

    56. David Carr, San Francisco: I wouldn't have labeled Carr a bust for his performance in Houston, but once he left, he has not been nearly as effective. He's getting older now, though, and may lose his chance to win a starting job forever unless he is able to unseat Alex Smith. Rating: 72

    55. John Skelton, Arizona: Arizona's star wideout, Larry Fitzgerald, has expressed interest in acquiring a quarterback, but I believe Skelton can hold down the duties for now and be effective. He has a cannon and can occasionally fit the ball into tight windows. Rating: 72

    54. Matt Moore, Carolina: Moore was incredibly successful in 2009, but he struggled in 2010. I believe he will bounce back in 2011, though, if given the chance. The man who was ranked as a top-20 quarterback by ESPN in 2010 has adequate brains and ability to succeed in the NFL. Rating: 72

    53. Stephen McGee, Dallas: McGee got solid playing time towards the end of 2010 and if Tony Romo should get hurt again, look for McGee to make a push for the starting job. He's a guy who doesn't have many weakness and is all around a solid player. Rating: 72

    52. Brady Quinn, Denver: How time has flown by. It seems as if Quinn was just drafted by Cleveland in what some thought would be a major steal for the Browns. Quinn is a very mobile quarterback who also is an effective passer on short-to-intermediate passes. Rating: 72

    51. Derek Anderson, Arizona: Ever since Anderson's great season in 2007, he has been very erratic. This is clearly a guy with a rocket arm, but inconsistent accuracy. He isn't very mobile, but could start once again in the right situation. Rating: 73

50. Drew Stanton, Detroit Lions

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    Drew Stanton is still very raw in terms of his development as an NFL quarterback. He has a big arm, but doesn't have a huge sample size to judge him on. He was good in 2010 when filling in for the numerous injured quarterbacks in Detroit, but he will have to get smarter before he finds himself as a true starter. Rating: 73

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2008 DET 3 9 17 52.9 119 7.0 1 41 0 0 95.0
    2009 DET 3 26 51 51.0 259 5.1 0 30 6 1 26.1
    2010 DET 6 69 119 58.0 780 6.6 4 87 3 3 78.4
    Career 12 104 187 55.6 1158 6.2 5 87 9 4 63.1

49. Chris Redman, Atlanta Falcons

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    Redman has been an incredible backup to Falcons starter Matt Ryan. He isn't going to "wow" you with his arm strength, but he is very smart and a capable starter. You can trust him with the ball and to manage the game. Rating: 73 

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2000 BAL 2 2 3 66.7 19 6.3 0 12 0 0 84.0
    2002 BAL 6 97 182 53.3 1034 5.7 7 36 3 4 76.1
    2003 BAL 2 7 13 53.8 58 4.5 0 16 2 2 26.0
    2007 ATL 7 89 149 59.7 1079 7.2 10 74 5 2 90.4
    2009 ATL 6 69 119 58.0 781 6.6 4 50 3 1 78.4
    2010 ATL 2 4 6 66.7 20 3.3 0 14 0 0 71.5
    Career 25 268 472 56.8 2991 6.3 21 74 13 9 79.2


48. Sage Rosenfels, New York Giants

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    Although Rosenfels has been relegated to field-goal holder, it wasn't too long ago when teams were fighting to acquire the aging quarterback. Rosenfels is mostly remembered for his debacle and fumble against the Colts in 2008, but he is a good quarterback with a very good arm. Rating: 73

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2002 MIA 4 0 3 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
    2003 MIA 2 4 6 66.7 50 8.3 1 21 0 0 131.9
    2004 MIA 3 16 39 41.0 264 6.8 1 76 3 2 41.0
    2005 MIA 4 34 61 55.7 462 7.6 4 77 3 0 81.5
    2006 HOU 4 27 39 69.2 265 6.8 3 28 1 0 103.0
    2007 HOU 9 154 240 64.2 1684 7.0 15 53 12 3 84.8
    2008 HOU 6 116 174 66.7 1431 8.2 6 61 10 2 79.5
    2010 NYG 12 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0
    Career 44 351 562 62.5 4156 7.4 30 77 29 7 81.2


47. Trent Edwards, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Edwards, a Stanford graduate, has also had his production drop off recently. After battling injuries in Buffalo, Ryan Fitzpatrick ultimately overtook him as the starting quarterback. While his performance is not consistent at this point, Edwards is still very young with a solid future ahead of him. Rating: 73

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2007 BUF 10 151 269 56.1 1630 6.1 7 70 8 3 70.4
    2008 BUF 14 245 374 65.5 2699 7.2 11 65 10 6 85.4
    2009 BUF 8 110 183 60.1 1169 6.4 6 46 7 1 73.8
    2010 BUF 2 29 52 55.8 241 4.6 1 31 2 0 58.3
    2010 JAC 3 26 49 53.1 280 5.7 1 44 3 0 51.4
    Career 37 561 927 60.5 6019 6.5 26 70 30 10 75.4


46. Billy Volek, San Diego Chargers

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    Volek provides great value as a backup and potential starter, depending on the situation. He is undersized and aging, but is consistent and typically accurate. He doesn't have the arm strength to consistently put up bombs. Rating: 73

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2001 TEN 1 0 3 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
    2003 TEN 7 44 69 63.8 545 7.9 4 50 1 1 101.4
    2004 TEN 10 218 357 61.1 2486 7.0 18 48 10 6 87.1
    2005 TEN 6 50 88 56.8 474 5.4 4 55 2 3 77.6
    2006 SD 1 1 2 50.0 4 2.0 0 4 0 0 56.3
    2007 SD 5 3 10 30.0 6 0.6 0 4 1 0 0.0
    2009 SD 4 20 31 64.5 231 7.5 1 50 1 0 84.2
    2010 SD 3 1 1 100.0 8 8.0 0 8 0 0 100.0
    Career 37 337 561 60.1 3754 6.7 27 55 15 10 84.9


45. Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland Raiders

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    Gradkowski pretty much came out of nowhere as a rookie. He was a solid backup in Tampa Bay and was equally or more impressive in Oakland. He is undersized, resulting in many tipped passes, but he throws with above-average accuracy and contains good mobility. Rating: 74 

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2006 TB 13 177 328 54.0 1661 5.1 9 53 9 6 65.9
    2007 TB 4 13 24 54.2 130 5.4 0 20 1 0 52.4
    2008 CLE 2 7 21 33.3 26 1.2 0 12 3 0 2.8
    2009 OAK 7 82 150 54.7 1007 6.7 6 75 3 3 80.6
    2010 OAK 6 83 157 52.9 1059 6.7 5 70 7 3 66.3
    Career 32 362 680 53.2 3883 5.7 20 75 23 12 65.9

44. Mark Brunell, New York Jets

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    That's a long stat line. Brunell has been around forever and is one of the most underrated quarterbacks of this decade. When starting, Brunell is an effective player, but he has accepted a backup role as of late. He is a fantastic role model for quarterbacks trying to make it in this league and is an asset to the Jets. Rating: 74

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    1994 GB 2 12 27 44.4 95 3.5 0 25 0 0 53.8
    1995 JAC 13 201 346 58.1 2168 6.3 15 45 7 2 82.6
    1996 JAC 16 353 557 63.4 4367 7.8 19 62 20 7 84.0
    1997 JAC 14 264 435 60.7 3281 7.5 18 75 7 3 91.2
    1998 JAC 13 208 354 58.8 2601 7.3 20 78 9 0 89.9
    1999 JAC 15 259 441 58.7 3060 6.9 14 62 9 3 82.0
    2000 JAC 16 311 512 60.7 3640 7.1 20 67 14 2 84.0
    2001 JAC 15 289 473 61.1 3309 7.0 19 44 13 7 84.1
    2002 JAC 15 245 416 58.9 2788 6.7 17 79 7 3 85.7
    2003 JAC 3 54 82 65.9 484 5.9 2 65 0 0 89.7
    2004 WSH 9 118 237 49.8 1194 5.0 7 49 6 4 63.9
    2005 WSH 16 262 454 57.7 3050 6.7 23 78 10 7 85.9
    2006 WSH 10 162 260 62.3 1789 6.9 8 74 4 1 86.5
    2009 NO 16 15 30 50.0 102 3.4 0 18 1 0 44.0
    2010 NYJ 2 7 13 53.8 117 9.0 2 52 1 0 92.0
    Career 175 2760 4637 59.5 32045 6.9 184 79 108 39 84.0

43. Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos

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    Tebow, despite being only a rookie, has one of the biggest fanbases of any player on this list. He is very active in the community—and on the field. He has a very strong arm, but he is limited by his inconsistent accuracy. He is a vertical passer who will likely never be a great quarterback, but will win many games by the end of his career. Rating: 74

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2010 DEN 9 41 82 50.0 654 8.0 5 50 3 0 82.1
    Career 9 41 82 50.0 654 8.0 5 50 3 0 82.1

42. Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins

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    Grossman has a strong arm, but has been plagued by mediocre pocket mobility. He doesn't read pass rushes well or have a good feel for the pocket. Otherwise, he is a solid quarterback with only average accuracy and great arm strength. Rating: 74 

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2003 CHI 3 38 72 52.8 437 6.1 2 59 1 1 74.8
    2004 CHI 3 47 84 56.0 607 7.2 1 40 3 2 67.9
    2005 CHI 2 20 39 51.3 259 6.6 1 54 2 0 59.7
    2006 CHI 16 262 480 54.6 3193 6.7 23 62 20 5 73.9
    2007 CHI 8 122 225 54.2 1411 6.3 4 59 7 4 66.4
    2008 CHI 4 32 62 51.6 257 4.1 2 29 2 0 59.7
    2009 HOU 1 3 9 33.3 33 3.7 0 21 1 0 5.6
    2010 WSH 4 74 133 55.6 884 6.6 7 64 4 4 81.2
    Career 41 598 1104 54.2 7081 6.4 40 64 40 16 70.9

41. Matt Leinart, Houston Texans

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    Leinart has been labeled a bust, but in the right situation, he could still make a boom. He is only 27 years old and has plenty of talent to bring to a team in need. If any team with a rookie quarterback begins to struggle, a possible trade for Leinart would make sense. He has a starter's arm strength and accuracy, he just needs more surrounding talent than he's had in the past. Rating: 74

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2006 ARI 12 214 377 56.8 2547 6.8 11 58 12 4 74.0
    2007 ARI 5 60 112 53.6 647 5.8 2 40 4 0 61.9
    2008 ARI 4 15 29 51.7 264 9.1 1 78 1 2 80.2
    2009 ARI 8 51 77 66.2 435 5.6 0 28 3 0 64.6
    Career 29 340 595 57.1 3893 6.5 14 78 20 6 70.8

40. Jake Delhomme, Cleveland Browns

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    A prototypical gunslinger, Delhomme, has had an up-and-down career. At one point, he brought the Panthers to the Super Bowl, and the following season to the NFC Championship. But since his injury in 2007, his career has taken a different path. Through two games, Delhomme was having a fantastic season, but midway through his third game, he suffered a shoulder injury, prematurely ending a season in which he had the highest QB rating in the league. After a playoff debacle in '08, he has never been the same. Rating: 74

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    1999 NO 2 42 76 55.3 521 6.9 3 51 5 1 62.4
    2002 NO 4 8 10 80.0 113 11.3 0 54 0 0 113.7
    2003 CAR 16 266 449 59.2 3219 7.2 19 67 16 8 80.6
    2004 CAR 16 310 533 58.2 3886 7.3 29 63 15 9 87.3
    2005 CAR 16 262 435 60.2 3421 7.9 24 80 16 10 88.1
    2006 CAR 13 263 431 61.0 2805 6.5 17 72 11 6 82.6
    2007 CAR 3 55 86 64.0 624 7.3 8 74 1 1 111.8
    2008 CAR 16 246 414 59.4 3288 7.9 15 65 12 3 84.7
    2009 CAR 11 178 321 55.5 2015 6.3 8 52 18 4 59.4
    2010 CLE 5 93 149 62.4 872 5.9 2 49 7 2 63.4
    Career 102 1723 2904 59.3 20764 7.2 125 80 101 44 81.2

39. Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings

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    Jackson is a very talented player who has struggled with accuracy and injuries. After Brett Favre came to Minnesota, Jackson had to take a back seat. I believe that he is by far the best quarterback on the roster, though, even with Joe Webb and Christian Ponder possibly ending up higher on the depth chart. Rating: 75

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2006 MIN 4 47 81 58.0 475 5.9 2 50 4 4 62.5
    2007 MIN 12 171 294 58.2 1911 6.5 9 71 12 3 70.8
    2008 MIN 9 88 149 59.1 1056 7.1 9 59 2 3 95.4
    2009 MIN 8 14 21 66.7 201 9.6 1 34 0 0 113.4
    2010 MIN 3 34 58 58.6 341 5.9 3 46 4 0 63.9
    Career 36 354 603 58.7 3984 6.6 24 71 22 10 76.6

38. Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Leftwich had great success early in his career and many believed he could be the future of the Jags, but David Garrard overtook him on the depth chart, leaving Leftwich's future unknown. He ended up in Atlanta...then Pittsburgh...then Tampa Bay...and now he is back in Steel Town. He has a cannon, but his slow release gives defensive backs time to read his throws. Rating: 75

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2003 JAC 15 239 418 57.2 2819 6.7 14 84 16 9 73.0
    2004 JAC 14 267 441 60.5 2941 6.7 15 65 10 5 82.2
    2005 JAC 11 175 302 57.9 2123 7.0 15 45 5 7 89.3
    2006 JAC 6 108 183 59.0 1159 6.3 7 51 5 0 79.0
    2007 ATL 3 32 58 55.2 279 4.8 1 23 2 4 59.5
    2008 PIT 5 21 36 58.3 303 8.4 2 50 0 0 104.3
    2009 TB 3 58 107 54.2 594 5.6 4 47 3 0 71.2
    2010 PIT 1 5 7 71.4 42 6.0 0 14 0 0 86.6
    Career 58 905 1552 58.3 10260 6.6 58 84 41 25 79.7

37. Seneca Wallace, Cleveland Browns

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    Wallace stepped up when injuries decimated the Browns in 2010. He provided fantastic depth and is a playmaker. He also has solid arm strength and average accuracy. His height and low release cause many problems with batted passes, though. Rating: 75

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2005 SEA 7 13 25 52.0 173 6.9 1 42 1 0 70.9
    2006 SEA 8 82 141 58.2 927 6.6 8 49 7 3 76.2
    2007 SEA 10 19 28 67.9 215 7.7 2 45 1 1 99.6
    2008 SEA 10 141 242 58.3 1532 6.3 11 90 3 3 87.0
    2009 SEA 13 78 120 65.0 700 5.8 3 39 2 2 81.9
    2010 CLE 8 64 101 63.4 694 6.9 4 65 2 0 88.5
    Career 56 397 657 60.4 4241 6.5 29 90 16 9 83.9

36. Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Kolb is one of the more overrated players I have encountered in recent memory. He doesn't have a fantastic arm or great accuracy. Neither is he very mobile or masterfully intelligent. Kolb is an above-average quarterback who does everything well, but his value is overblown. Rating: 75

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2007 PHI 1 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0
    2008 PHI 6 17 34 50.0 144 4.2 0 16 4 0 21.8
    2009 PHI 5 62 96 64.6 741 7.7 4 71 3 1 88.9
    2010 PHI 7 115 189 60.8 1197 6.3 7 83 7 5 76.1
    Career 19 194 319 60.8 2082 6.5 11 83 14 7 73.2

35. Marc Bulger, Baltimore Ravens

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    Bulger was fantastic for a few seasons in St. Louis, but he eventually ran out of steam. He remains one of the great veterans of the game, though, and is not a liability by any means on the field. He has above-average accuracy and solid arm strength. He provides great depth on any team. Rating: 75

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2002 STL 7 138 214 64.5 1826 8.5 14 58 6 1 101.5
    2003 STL 15 336 532 63.2 3845 7.2 22 48 22 7 81.4
    2004 STL 14 321 485 66.2 3964 8.2 21 56 14 5 93.7
    2005 STL 8 192 287 66.9 2297 8.0 14 57 9 1 94.4
    2006 STL 16 370 588 62.9 4301 7.3 24 67 8 4 92.9
    2007 STL 12 221 378 58.5 2392 6.3 11 40 15 4 70.3
    2008 STL 15 251 440 57.0 2720 6.2 11 80 13 4 71.4
    2009 STL 9 140 247 56.7 1469 5.9 5 50 6 4 70.7
    Career 96 1969 3171 62.1 22814 7.2 122 80 93 30 84.4

34. Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins

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    Pennington has a decent arm, but he makes his money with his accuracy. Miami may believe they can get more out of the 34-year-old and I would tend to agree with that thought process. If he gets injured, oh well, but he is very smart and consistent. Two traits any team will value. Rating: 76

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2000 NYJ 1 2 5 40.0 67 13.4 1 62 0 0 127.1
    2001 NYJ 2 10 20 50.0 92 4.6 1 24 0 0 79.6
    2002 NYJ 15 275 399 68.9 3120 7.8 22 47 6 1 104.2
    2003 NYJ 10 189 297 63.6 2139 7.2 13 65 12 5 82.9
    2004 NYJ 13 242 370 65.4 2673 7.2 16 48 9 3 91.0
    2005 NYJ 3 49 83 59.0 530 6.4 2 37 3 6 70.9
    2006 NYJ 16 313 485 64.5 3352 6.9 17 71 16 6 82.6
    2007 NYJ 9 179 260 68.8 1765 6.8 10 57 9 3 86.1
    2008 MIA 16 321 476 67.4 3653 7.7 19 80 7 2 97.4
    2009 MIA 3 51 74 68.9 413 5.6 1 21 2 2 76.0
    2010 MIA 1 1 2 50.0 19 9.5 0 19 0 0 83.3
    Career 89 1632 2471 66.0 17823 7.2 102 80 64 28 90.1

33. Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans

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    I suppose Collins is a bust, but that's old news—just about 12 years old. Collins has proved to be a solid quarterback, but has never had a great season. He's had sufficient experience, though, to earn him a high spot on this list. Rating: 76

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    1995 CAR 15 214 433 49.4 2717 6.3 14 89 19 6 61.9
    1996 CAR 13 204 364 56.0 2454 6.7 14 55 9 4 79.4
    1997 CAR 13 200 381 52.5 2124 5.6 11 59 21 5 55.7
    1998 NO 7 94 191 49.2 1202 6.3 4 89 10 5 54.5
    1998 CAR 4 76 162 46.9 1011 6.2 8 72 5 4 70.8
    1999 NYG 10 190 331 57.4 2318 7.0 8 80 11 5 73.3
    2000 NYG 16 311 529 58.8 3610 6.8 22 59 13 5 83.1
    2001 NYG 16 327 568 57.6 3764 6.6 19 76 16 10 77.1
    2002 NYG 16 335 545 61.5 4073 7.5 19 82 14 2 85.4
    2003 NYG 13 284 500 56.8 3110 6.2 13 77 16 10 70.7
    2004 OAK 14 289 513 56.3 3495 6.8 21 63 20 4 74.8
    2005 OAK 15 302 565 53.5 3759 6.7 20 79 12 10 77.3
    2006 TEN 4 42 90 46.7 549 6.1 1 36 6 0 42.3
    2007 TEN 6 50 82 61.0 531 6.5 0 46 0 1 79.9
    2008 TEN 16 242 415 58.3 2676 6.4 12 56 7 3 80.2
    2009 TEN 7 119 216 55.1 1225 5.7 6 69 8 1 65.5
    2010 TEN 10 160 278 57.6 1823 6.6 14 80 8 3 82.2
    Career 195 3439 6163 55.8 40441 6.6 206 89 195 78 73.9

32. Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions

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    Hill is yet another player on this list who is extremely undervalued. He has good accuracy, but only a decent arm. Regardless, he is a player who will consistently exceed expectations due to great decision making and pocket mobility. He is one of the top backups in the league. Rating: 76

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2005 MIN 1 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0
    2007 SF 3 54 79 68.4 501 6.3 5 26 1 2 101.3
    2008 SF 9 181 288 62.8 2046 7.1 13 48 8 4 87.5
    2009 SF 6 87 155 56.1 943 6.1 5 61 2 3 79.6
    2010 DET 11 257 416 61.8 2686 6.5 16 75 12 1 81.3
    Career 30 579 938 61.7 6176 6.6 39 75 23 10 84.6

31. Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins

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    Well you can't say he hasn't been consistent. His completion percentage wavered by .6 percent from '09 to'10 and his QB rating differed only by two-tenths. Henne has a great arm, but isn't a great decision maker. He also has struggled with accuracy. He may be the future of the Dolphins. Rating: 77

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2008 MIA 3 7 12 58.3 67 5.6 0 19 0 0 74.0
    2009 MIA 14 274 451 60.8 2878 6.4 12 67 14 2 75.2
    2010 MIA 15 301 490 61.4 3301 6.7 15 57 19 1 75.4
    Career 32 582 953 61.1 6246 6.6 27 67 33 3 75.3

30. Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns

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    This ranking may surprise some, but it shouldn't. McCoy is very accurate and a natural leader. He excelled in his rookie season and could be the next Drew Brees, who overcame questions about his height due to accuracy and a quick release. Rating: 77

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2010 CLE 8 135 222 60.8 1576 7.1 6 47 9 1 74.5
    Career 8 135 222 60.8 1576 7.1 6 47 9 1 74.5

29. Troy Smith, San Francisco 49ers

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    Smith is another undersized player who is far from reaching his potential. He has great arm strength and can fit the ball into a small window when he sets his feet. He is also good on the move, though, and can be a dangerous runner when he wants to be. A natural leader, Smith has the tools to be the future of the 49ers. Rating: 77

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2007 BAL 4 40 76 52.6 452 5.9 2 79 0 1 79.5
    2008 BAL 6 3 4 75.0 82 20.5 1 43 0 0 156.3
    2009 BAL 4 5 9 55.6 24 2.7 0 9 1 0 21.3
    2010 SF 6 73 145 50.3 1176 8.1 5 66 4 3 77.8
    Career 20 121 234 51.7 1734 7.4 8 79 5 4 78.5

28. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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    Stafford was off to a great sophomore season, but was hampered by injuries once again. If he continues to suffer injuries, he may plummet to bust status. At this point though, he is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league. If he gets the opportunity, he will end up as one of the top quarterbacks from this decade. Rating: 78

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2009 DET 10 201 377 53.3 2267 6.0 13 75 20 4 61.0
    2010 DET 3 57 96 59.4 535 5.6 6 36 1 1 91.3
    Career 13 258 473 54.5 2802 5.9 19 75 21 5 67.1

27. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

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    After an awful rookie season, Smith has managed to turn his career around the past two seasons. He is a young 26 years old and has a great future ahead of him as far as I'm concerned. Season after season, Smith had to constantly adjust to a new staff and a new offensive system. With Jim Harbaugh, he will hope to maintain some continuity going forward and improve with his first solid group of receivers. Rating: 78

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2005 SF 9 84 165 50.9 875 5.3 1 47 11 9 40.8
    2006 SF 16 257 442 58.1 2890 6.5 16 75 16 6 74.8
    2007 SF 7 94 193 48.7 914 4.7 2 45 4 6 57.2
    2009 SF 11 225 372 60.5 2350 6.3 18 73 12 3 81.5
    2010 SF 11 204 342 59.6 2370 6.9 14 62 10 4 82.1
    Career 54 864 1514 57.1 9399 6.2 51 75 53 28 72.1

26. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks

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    Hasselbeck is a smart quarterback with great leadership skills. He was fantastic in the playoffs with a 102.4 QB rating. Pete Carroll has made it a priority to re-sign Hasselbeck this offseason, as he should. He remains the Seahawks' best option and still has the competitive drive that has made him great in the past. Rating: 79 

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    1999 GB 16 3 10 30.0 41 4.1 1 19 0 0 77.5
    2000 GB 16 10 19 52.6 104 5.5 1 27 0 0 86.3
    2001 SEA 13 176 321 54.8 2023 6.3 7 64 8 3 70.9
    2002 SEA 16 267 419 63.7 3075 7.3 15 49 10 4 87.8
    2003 SEA 16 313 513 61.0 3841 7.5 26 80 15 2 88.8
    2004 SEA 14 279 474 58.9 3382 7.1 22 60 15 3 83.1
    2005 SEA 16 294 449 65.5 3459 7.7 24 56 9 4 98.2
    2006 SEA 12 210 371 56.6 2442 6.6 18 72 15 2 76.0
    2007 SEA 16 352 562 62.6 3966 7.1 28 65 12 5 91.4
    2008 SEA 7 109 209 52.2 1216 5.8 5 34 10 1 57.8
    2009 SEA 14 293 488 60.0 3029 6.2 17 53 17 7 75.1
    2010 SEA 14 266 444 59.9 3001 6.8 12 87 17 6 73.2
    Career 170 2572 4279 60.1 29579 6.9 176 87 128 37 82.2

25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

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    Fitzpatrick is an underrated quarterback who throws well on the move and can be dangerous when running the ball. He's no Michael Vick, but he has rushed for 778 yards and five touchdowns on his career. He doesn't contain amazing arm strength, but he can make all of the throws—and throw them well. Rating: 79

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2005 STL 4 76 135 56.3 777 5.8 4 56 8 0 58.2
    2006 STL 1 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0
    2008 CIN 13 221 372 59.4 1905 5.1 8 79 9 7 70.0
    2009 BUF 10 127 227 55.9 1422 6.3 9 98 10 2 69.7
    2010 BUF 13 255 441 57.8 3000 6.8 23 65 15 4 81.8
    Career 41 679 1175 57.8 7104 6.0 44 98 42 13 73.0

24. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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    Sanchez, on the other hand, is slightly overrated. Many feel that he is the future of the franchise and while I do agree that he is, I don't feel that they should put their franchise in his hands. He puts good zip on his throws, but has shown the inability to make the great throws—the "thread-the-needle" throws. Currently, the major reason he is this high is his performance in the playoffs. Rating: 79

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2009 NYJ 15 196 364 53.8 2444 6.7 12 65 20 8 63.0
    2010 NYJ 16 278 507 54.8 3291 6.5 17 74 13 5 75.3
    Career 31 474 871 54.4 5735 6.6 29 74 33 13 70.2

23. Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys

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    2010 was possibly Kitna's best season since he threw 26 touchdowns in 2003. Kitna has a good arm and shows flashes in terms of accuracy. He's smart and has plenty of experience, making him one of the top backups in the league. Rating: 80

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    1997 SEA 3 31 45 68.9 371 8.2 1 61 2 0 82.7
    1998 SEA 6 98 172 57.0 1177 6.8 7 70 8 1 72.3
    1999 SEA 15 270 495 54.5 3346 6.8 23 51 16 7 77.7
    2000 SEA 15 259 418 62.0 2658 6.4 18 71 19 6 75.6
    2001 CIN 16 313 581 53.9 3216 5.5 12 49 22 7 61.1
    2002 CIN 14 294 473 62.2 3178 6.7 16 72 16 9 79.1
    2003 CIN 16 324 520 62.3 3591 6.9 26 82 15 8 87.4
    2004 CIN 4 61 104 58.7 623 6.0 5 30 4 1 75.9
    2005 CIN 3 17 29 58.6 99 3.4 0 16 2 0 36.4
    2006 DET 16 372 596 62.4 4208 7.1 21 60 22 8 79.9
    2007 DET 16 355 561 63.3 4068 7.3 18 91 20 12 80.9
    2008 DET 4 68 120 56.7 758 6.3 5 47 5 2 72.2
    2010 DAL 10 209 318 65.7 2365 7.4 16 71 12 4 88.9
    Career 138 2671 4432 60.3 29658 6.7 168 91 163 65 77.5

22. Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders

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    Campbell is yet another underrated quarterback. He has never had a strong receiving corp, but has continued to put up good numbers. If he is able to escape the injury bug next season, look for him to possibly lead the Raiders to the playoffs, something their fans desperately crave. Rating: 81

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2006 WSH 7 110 207 53.1 1297 6.3 10 66 6 0 76.5
    2007 WSH 13 250 417 60.0 2700 6.5 12 54 11 8 77.6
    2008 WSH 16 315 506 62.3 3245 6.4 13 67 6 7 84.3
    2009 WSH 16 327 507 64.5 3618 7.1 20 84 15 9 86.4
    2010 OAK 13 194 329 59.0 2387 7.3 13 73 8 7 84.5
    Career 65 1196 1966 60.8 13247 6.7 68 84 46 31 82.6

21. Vince Young, Tennessee Titans

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    Young is a winner. He has an impressive record as a starting quarterback, it's just too bad it hasn't worked out in Tennessee. The former third overall pick will find a new home though. He has a powerful arm, but it will take time for him to grasp a new offense. I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up in the Hall of Fame somewhere down the line though. Rating: 81

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2006TEN1518435751.521996.2125313666.7
    2007TEN1523838262.325466.797317571.1
    2008TEN3223661.12196.11542264.5
    2009TEN1215225958.718797.310667182.8
    2010TEN99315659.612558.010713398.6
    Career54689119057.980986.84273421775.7

20. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

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    In Peyton Manning like fashion—yes, I'm comparing him to Peyton Manning—Bradford was able to single-handedly carry the Rams offense. His receivers consistently dropped passes and Steven Jackson was the only other bright spot on the entire offense. His impressive rookie season is just the start of Bradford's success. He will be an elite quarterback within five seasons. Rating: 82

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2010STL1635459060.035126.0184915676.5
    Career1635459060.035126.0184915676.5

19. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Injuries have slowly interrupted the success of Palmer. After a fantastic stretch from 2005 to 2007, Palmer's mediocre 2008 season was cut short. This has carried into 2009 and 2010, where turmoil with receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrel Owens disrupted Palmer. His career is now at the point where he is considering retirement if he is not granted a trade by the Bengals. Rating: 82 

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2004CIN1326343260.928976.7187618277.3
    2005CIN1634550967.838367.53270124101.1
    2006CIN1632452062.340357.82874131393.9
    2007CIN1637357564.941317.2267020486.7
    2008CIN47512958.17315.73364269.0
    2009CIN1628246660.530946.6217313383.6
    2010CIN1636258661.839706.8267820382.4
    Career972024321762.9226947.1154781003186.9

18. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

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    After doing a great job of replacing the injured Tom Brady in New England, Cassel came to Kansas City, where he struggled in '09. But in 2010, it was a different story. He threw for 27 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions, earning pro bowl honors. He has a strong arm and is very effective as a pocket passer. Rating: 83

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2005NE2132454.21837.62361189.4
    2006NE65862.5324.00100170.8
    2007NE64757.1385.40211032.7
    2008NE1632751663.436937.2217611589.4
    2009KC1527149355.029245.9166116569.9
    2010KC1526245058.231166.927757293.0
    Career60882149858.999866.76676361483.6

17. Donavan McNabb, Washington Redskins

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    Although Mike Shanahan is too hard-headed to realize it, McNabb gives Washington the best chance to win, as he's been doing it for 12 years. He is a difference-maker who will be a valuable acquisition to whoever lands the star quarterback. Rating: 83  

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    1999PHI1210621649.19484.48637660.1
    2000PHI1633056958.033655.9217013577.8
    2001PHI1628549357.832336.6256412684.3
    2002PHI1021136158.422896.317596586.0
    2003PHI1627547857.532166.7165911579.6
    2004PHI1530046964.038758.3318086104.7
    2005PHI921135759.125077.016919385.0
    2006PHI1018031657.026478.418876195.5
    2007PHI1429147361.533247.019757689.9
    2008PHI1634557160.439166.9239011486.4
    2009PHI1426744360.335538.0226010792.9
    2010WSH1327547258.333777.2147615777.1
    Career1613076521859.0362506.9230911156185.7

16. David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Although his production dropped after his injury in 2007, Garrard has regained his consistency. He is typically accurate and obviously has a good arm. He has also proven to be a playmaker in the playoffs and a threat to scramble. Rating: 84

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2002JAC4234650.02315.01222053.8
    2003JAC291275.0867.212800122.2
    2004JAC4387252.83745.22361071.2
    2005JAC79816858.311176.64371383.9
    2006JAC1114524160.217357.210499280.5
    2007JAC1220832564.025097.7185933102.2
    2008JAC1633553562.636206.8154113681.7
    2009JAC1631451660.935977.0156310983.5
    2010JAC1423636664.527347.5237515690.8
    Career861406228161.6160037.08975542985.8

15. Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos

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    After a few bad starts, Tim Tebow took over in Denver. Under John Fox though, Orton may regain his starting role. He has been unappreciated, but as he continues to progress, his great physical skills will begin to shine through. Rating: 84  

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2005CHI1519036851.618695.195413659.7
    2007CHI3438053.84786.03552173.9
    2008CHI1527246558.529726.4186512379.6
    2009DEN1633654162.138027.0218712386.8
    2010DEN1329349858.836537.320719187.5
    Career621134195258.1127746.57187481479.6

14. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    While the focus was on Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez after the 2009 NFL Draft, Freeman has clearly been the top quarterback from that draft class. He has a huge arm and can make very impressive throws, displaying great accuracy at times. He has easily stepped into a leadership role for Bucs. Rating: 85

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2009TB1015829054.518556.4104218659.8
    2010TB1629147461.434517.325646495.9
    Career2644976458.853066.93564241082.2

13. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

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    After struggling in his first season with the Bears, Cutler led them back to the playoffs in 2010. He was impressive when he played during the playoffs, but will be remembered for the questioning of whether he was truly unable to play when Caleb Hanie replaced him in the Bears postseason loss to Green Bay. He has undoubtedly become a great quarterback though. Rating: 85 

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2006DEN58113759.110017.39715388.5
    2007DEN1629746763.634977.5206814488.1
    2008DEN1638461662.345267.3259318186.0
    2009CHI1633655560.536666.6277126476.8
    2010CHI1526143260.432747.6238916986.3
    Career681359220761.6159647.210493792184.3

12. Eli Manning, New York Giants

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    It seems as if Eli is so young, but he's already completed his seventh NFL season. While he hasn't become the same player as his brother, he has greatly progressed over the last three seasons. He has become the unquestioned leader of the Giants. His elite physical skills clearly make him a great quarterback. Rating: 85

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2004 NYG 9 95 197 48.2 1043 5.3 6 52 9 2 55.4
    2005 NYG 16 294 557 52.8 3762 6.8 24 78 17 7 75.9
    2006 NYG 16 301 522 57.7 3244 6.2 24 55 18 7 77.0
    2007 NYG 16 297 529 56.1 3336 6.3 23 60 20 9 73.9
    2008 NYG 16 289 479 60.3 3238 6.8 21 48 10 5 86.4
    2009 NYG 16 317 509 62.3 4021 7.9 27 74 14 9 93.1
    2010 NYG 16 339 539 62.9 4002 7.4 31 92 25 5 85.3
    Career 105 1932 3332 58.0 22646 6.8 156 92 113 44 80.2

11. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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    At this point, it is difficult to doubt Romo's ability to perform as a professional quarterback. But in 2010, injury prematurely ended his season. Jon Kitna was able to hold down the starting duties, but Romo is the clear starter and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Rating: 86

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2005DAL16000.000.000000.0
    2006DAL1622033765.329038.6195613695.1
    2007DAL1633552064.442118.1365919797.4
    2008DAL1327645061.334487.7267514891.4
    2009DAL1634755063.144838.226809497.6
    2010DAL614821369.516057.511697094.9
    Career831326207064.1166508.011880622595.5

10. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

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    Flacco continued to improve in his third NFL season. His elite arm strength enable him to make throws all over the field. His long strides also make him a decent scrambler. The sky is the limit for Flacco, who may really break out in 2011. Rating: 86

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2008BAL1625742860.029716.9147012680.3
    2009BAL1631549963.136137.2217212688.9
    2010BAL1630648962.636227.4256710793.6
    Career48878141662.0102067.26072341987.9

9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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    After regressing in his second NFL season, Matt Ryan stepped up in 2010, leading the Falcons to the top record in the NFC. His physical skills are not elite, but his work ethic and leadership make him incredibly valuable to the Falcons. Rating: 87

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2008ATL1626543461.134407.9167011287.7
    2009ATL1426345158.329166.5229014580.9
    2010ATL1635757162.537056.528469391.0
    Career46885145660.8100616.96690341086.9

8. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

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    After sitting behind Michael Vick in Atlanta, Schaub got his chance to start in Houston and never looked back. He doesn't shoot lasers, but he is extremely accurate. He does struggle when on the move though; he is purely a pocket passer. But until he is able to vault the Texans into Super Bowl contention, he won't be considered an elite player. Rating: 88 

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2004 ATL 6 33 70 47.1 330 4.7 1 59 4 1 42.0
    2005 ATL 16 33 64 51.6 495 7.7 4 53 0 1 98.1
    2006 ATL 16 18 27 66.7 208 7.7 1 47 2 0 71.2
    2007 HOU 11 192 289 66.4 2241 7.8 9 77 9 6 87.2
    2008 HOU 11 251 380 66.1 3043 8.0 15 65 10 6 92.7
    2009 HOU 16 396 583 67.9 4770 8.2 29 72 15 1 98.6
    2010 HOU 16 365 574 63.6 4370 7.6 24 60 12 7 92.0
    Career 92 1288 1987 64.8 15457 7.8 83 77 52 22 91.5

7. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

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    What can we say about Michael Vick? It is almost indescribable how far he has come. In Atlanta, he was running back who threw well. But in Philadelphia—after spending two years out of the NFL, in prison—he has become a great passer who is a constant threat to run the ball. He is only 30 years old and the future is bright. Rating: 89

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2001ATL85011344.27856.92523562.7
    2002ATL1523142154.929367.016748481.6
    2003ATL55010050.05855.94493369.0
    2004ATL1518132156.423137.21462121378.1
    2005ATL1521438755.324126.2155813673.1
    2006ATL1620438852.624746.4205513575.7
    2009PHI1261346.2866.61430093.7
    2010PHI1223337262.630188.1219166100.2
    Career981169211555.3146096.99391584280.2
    YEARTEAMGATTYDSAVGLNGTDFDFUMLOST
    2001ATL8312899.33511511
    2002ATL151137776.94684454
    2003ATL5402556.44311410
    2004ATL151209027.55834930
    2005ATL151025975.93264152
    2006ATL1612310398.45125542
    2009PHI1224954.0342700
    2010PHI121006766.83593841
    Career9865346307.158322632310

6. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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    Aaron Rodgers has the hot name right now. He is coming off a Super Bowl victory, putting the final touches of a playoffs where he was fantastic. I felt pressured to put Aaron Rodgers higher on this list, but the names above him really are great. The only thing really holding him back is that he has had a tremendous supporting cast. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are Pro-Bowl players and Jordy Nelson and James Jones provide terrific third and fourth options. Rating: 90

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2005GB391656.3654.10161239.8
    2006GB261540.0463.10160148.2
    2007GB2202871.42187.814300106.0
    2008GB1634153663.640387.5287113693.8
    2009GB1635054164.744348.2308378103.2
    2010GB1531247565.739228.32886112101.2
    Career541038161164.4127237.98786321998.4

5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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    After leading the Saints to a Super Bowl, Brees was underwhelming in 2010. His 22 interceptions were near the top of the league and his arm strength is clearly not elite. He is very smart though, and makes up for what he lacks in arm strength with pinpoint accuracy and great timing. Rating: 90

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2001SD1152755.62218.21400294.8
    2002SD1632052660.832846.2175216276.9
    2003SD1120535657.621085.9116815467.5
    2004SD1526240065.531597.9277974104.8
    2005SD1632350064.635767.2245415889.2
    2006NO1635655464.344188.0268611596.2
    2007NO1644065267.544236.8285818889.4
    2008NO1641363565.050698.0348417196.2
    2009NO1536351470.643888.53475119109.6
    2010NO1644865868.146207.0338022990.9
    Career1383145482265.2352667.3235861325291.7

4. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Big Ben was unable to pull off a Super Bowl victory, but he did have a very impressive season. He clearly has a powerful arm and is one of the best around at keeping the play alive with his movement in and out of the pocket. He already has a couple rings on his fingers so I feel confident putting this proven winner near the top of the list. Rating: 91

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2004PIT1419629566.426218.9175811198.1
    2005PIT1216826862.723858.917859198.6
    2006PIT1528046959.735137.5186723375.4
    2007PIT1526440465.331547.83283118104.1
    2008PIT1628146959.933017.01765151080.1
    2009PIT1533750666.643288.62660124100.5
    2010PIT1224038961.732008.217565497.0
    Career991766280063.1225028.014485863192.5

3. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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    Some may be surprised that Philip is this high on the list, but if anything, you should be surprised he isn't higher. He has an incredible QB Rating over the past three years and has no weakness. He has a quick release, tremendous accuracy, great arm strength, size, and is the leader of his team. He has not been equipped with great weapons, but he has been fantastic, regardless of his teammates. Rating: 94

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    2004SD25862.5334.111301110.9
    2005SD2122254.51155.20221250.4
    2006SD1628446061.733887.422579392.0
    2007SD1627746060.231526.9214915682.4
    2008SD1631247865.340098.43467116105.5
    2009SD1631748665.242548.8288196104.4
    2010SD1635754166.047108.73059134101.8
    Career841564245563.7196618.013681582897.2

2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    The debate between Brady and Manning could have gone on forever. So instead of taking the obvious cop-out and choosing them both for a tie, I made the tough decision.

    There is no doubt that Brady has accomplished some major achievement and will forever be considered one of the all-time great quarterbacks. His three rings speak for themselves and he has one of the strongest arms—if not the strongest—in the league. 

    He sees the field and well and understands the game better than almost every quarterback out there. He is also incredibly efficient and was part of one of the greatest quarterback-receiver combos in the history of the game. Rating: 96

    YEAR TEAM G CMP ATT PCT YDS AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT
    2000 NE 1 1 3 33.3 6 2.0 0 6 0 0 42.4
    2001 NE 15 264 413 63.9 2843 6.9 18 91 12 9 86.5
    2002 NE 16 373 601 62.1 3764 6.3 28 49 14 5 85.7
    2003 NE 16 317 527 60.2 3620 6.9 23 82 12 9 85.9
    2004 NE 16 288 474 60.8 3692 7.8 28 50 14 5 92.6
    2005 NE 16 334 530 63.0 4110 7.8 26 71 14 4 92.3
    2006 NE 16 319 516 61.8 3529 6.8 24 62 12 11 87.9
    2007 NE 16 398 578 68.9 4806 8.3 50 69 8 4 117.2
    2008 NE 1 7 11 63.6 76 6.9 0 26 0 0 83.9
    2009 NE 16 371 565 65.7 4398 7.8 28 81 13 4 96.2
    2010 NE 16 324 492 65.9 3900 7.9 36 79 4 2 111.0
    Career 145 2996 4710 63.6 34744 7.4 261 91 103 53 95.2

1. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

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    Manning is the ultimate field general. From pre-snap reads to the last second audibles, Peyton does it all. He doesn't always have the best supporting cast, but he sure makes them look great. 

    Manning has been an incredible player over the last decade and 2010 was no exception. It may have been less than you expect from Peyton, but with players constantly catching the injury bug, you can't blame the disappointing season on Manning. The frustration on his face was unmistakable. He was clearly a one man show out there. Seldom did he feel comfortable in the pocket and he struggled to find a group of consistent targets on his offense. 

    Regardless, I feel comfortable with Peyton at the top of the list. There is no smarter player in the NFL right now than Manning. He continues to amaze me with the consistency of his accuracy and zip that he puts on every throw. There is no question in my mind that he will go down as the best quarterback in NFL history—and win a couple more rings too Colts fans. Rating: 96

    YEARTEAMGCMPATTPCTYDSAVGTDLNGINTFUMRAT
    1998IND1632657556.737396.5267828371.2
    1999IND1633153362.141357.8268015190.7
    2000IND1635757162.544137.7337815494.7
    2001IND1634354762.741317.6268623484.1
    2002IND1639259166.342007.1276919588.8
    2003IND1637956667.042677.5297910299.0
    2004IND1633649767.645579.24980104121.1
    2005IND1630545367.337478.32880103104.1
    2006IND1636255765.043977.9316892101.0
    2007IND1633751565.440407.8317314698.0
    2008IND1637155566.840027.2277512095.0
    2009IND1639357168.845007.9338016199.9
    2010IND1645067966.347006.9337317291.9
    Career2084682721064.9548287.6399861983794.9