NFL: Ranking the 10 Best Quarterbacks
The NFL season is set to begin this week, and fans couldn't be happier to have football back.
Over the next two weeks I'm going to release lists of the top 10 players at each position. The lists aren't the 10 players who had the best seasons last year, or the players who are going to have the best seasons this year. They are the 10 best players at each position right now in the NFL.
My first list is the 10 best quarterbacks.
Check my page tomorrow for the 10 best running backs.
10. Matt Schaub
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He was Michael Vick's backup in Atlanta for three years. Since joining Houston in 2007, he has proven himself as one of the league's best.
In his four years as a starter he averages 267.1 passing yards per game, has a quarterback rating of 93.5, and his completion percentage is 65.9 percent.
His best season as a starter came in 2009. He made his only Pro Bowl, leading the league in completions (396), attempts (583) and passing yards (4,770). He also had a completion percentage of 67.9 percent, 29 passing touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 98.6, on his way to leading the Texans to their first winning season ever.
9. Tony Romo
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If Romo was as good at winning big games as he is at dating beautiful women, he would be much higher on this list.
He is a very good regular season winner with a career record of 39-22, but he is only 1-3 in the postseason.
In his five years as the Cowboys starter he has proved to be their best since Troy Aikman. Romo is the all-time leader in passing yards per game (268.5), is fourth all-time in passer rating (95.5), never having a rating under 90 in five years.
Romo had been to three Pro Bowls in his first four seasons as a starter, but in Week 6 of last year he suffered a season ending injury.
He has many critics, and next season is going to be the most important of his career coming off an injury and with high expectations in Dallas.
8. Matt Ryan
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After only three seasons, he's already one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Last season he made his first Pro Bowl by throwing for 3,705 yards, 28 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.
Through three years he has a 33-13 record, throws for almost 220 yards per game and has 64 touchdowns to only 34 picks.
He is 0-2 in the playoffs, but with more experience under his belt, I believe he will break through in the postseason.
Don't be surprised in three or four years if Matt Ryan is in the elite group of quarterbacks.
7. Ben Roethlisberger
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Roethlisberger hasn't made a Pro Bowl the last three seasons. It's his wins, not stats, that justify his spot on the list.
He has been to two of the last three Super Bowls, winning his second Lombardi trophy in 2009 (2008 season) and losing to Green Bay this past season.
Although his regular season stats haven't been Pro Bowl worthy, they are actually pretty good. In seven years in the league he has 22,502 passing yards (227 per game), has thrown 144 tocuhdowns to only 86 interceptions, has a completion percentage of 63.1 and a quarterback rating of 92.5.
6. Michael Vick
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Last season Michael Vick was the comeback player of the century in the NFL.
Vick became the starter last season, after two seasons off and the 2009 season as a backup. He took the NFL by storm, and completely turned around his image.
He started 11 games last season and put up huge numbers. He threw for over 3,000 yards, ran for 676, had 21 passing touchdowns, nine rushing touchdowns, and only threw six picks. His completion percentage was above 60 percent for the fist time in his career (62.6 percent), and his 100.2 quarterback rating was fourth in the league last season.
He made the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career and was named the starter for the NFC.
If Vick picks up where he left off last year, you could see him move up this list.
5. Philip Rivers
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Rivers is the last quarterback before we get to the elites.
Last season he led the league with 4,710 yards and threw 30 touchdowns to only 13 picks, en route to his second Pro Bowl in a row. He's also led the NFL in yards per attempt and has had a quarterback rating of over 100 each of the past three seasons.
His regular season career record is an impressive 55-25, but it is his lack of success in the playoffs that separates him from the league's elite.
4. Drew Brees
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Brees was a good quarterback in San Diego, but since his move to New Orleans, he's been great.
The past three seasons he's thrown for at least 4,300 yards and 33 touchdowns. In 2008 he threw for 5,069 yards, which is second all-time for a single season, and led the league with 34 touchdowns. He's also led the league the past two seasons in completion percentage, including his 70.6 percent in 2009, which is a record.
Two seasons ago he led New Orleans to their first Super Bowl victory and was named the games most valuable player.
3. Aaron Rodgers
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Rodgers is the reigning Super Bowl MVP and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy at the end of last season.
He's not in this spot just because of the added hype of a Super Bowl victory. He's in this spot because I believe he is one of the best QBs in the league.
Rodgers started 15 games last season, throwing for 3,922 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions, and his quarterback rating was 101.2.
In the playoffs he turned it up. In four games he threw for 1,094 yards, nine touchdowns, only two picks and had a QB rating of 109.8.
2. Peyton Manning
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He was the 2008 and 2009 NFL MVP.
Last season he threw for 4,700 yards and 33 touchdowns, and the year before he threw 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns.
He's 35 years old, but shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
1. Tom Brady
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He's the reigning unanimous NFL MVP and First Team All-Pro quarterback.
Last season he led the league with 36 touchdowns and only threw four interceptions.
I think that's all that needs to be said.