As the next in a series of player ranking articles, I've decided to rank my top 10 quarterbacks from the 2007-08 season. I've taken into consideration numbers, leadership, clutchness and winning. Here goes.
1. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
How do you start any list for quarterbacks without Brady? The guy is remarkable.
He's been a starter for seven years and is already in the conversation for being the best ever.
This year, he dialed in with a record 50 TD passes. He only threw eight interceptions, which was third only to David Garrard's three and Jeff Garcia's four. At first glance, this looks like a lot more, however Brady threw the ball 253 more times than Garrard.
His 4,800 passing yards were nearly 400 more than Drew Brees, who had the second most.
Brady completed 68.9% of his passes, which also led the league. Brady got his team all the way to the Super Bowl, where they lost a close one to the Giants, his only loss of the season.
However the loss hardly comes close to cancelling out the amazing MVP season Brady had.
2. David Garrard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
You may be wondering how a quarterback from a team primarily known for their two-edged rush attack of Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor is rated so highly.
However, by completing 64 percent of his passes (11th), turning the ball over just five times (three ints and two lost fumbles) and posting the third best QB rating (102.2), Garrard was one of the most efficient offensive players of this season.
3. Jeff Garcia (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Jeff Garcia may represent one of the biggest mistakes in the history of Philadelphia sports and not for lack of competition.
Letting Jeff slip away to keep an injury-plagued McNabb didn't appear to be the wisest choice at the time and, after last season, it looks even worse.
Garcia put up great numbers this year (2,440 yards, 63.9 percent passing, 13 TDs, four ints and a 94.6 passer rating), despite missing three games, to lead Tampa Bay to a NFC South Division title and a record of 9-7.
4. Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers)
Its hard to believe that every year we all say that Favre needs to retire, and every year he comes back and puts up Pro Bowl caliber numbers. This year was extra special because he led his young teammates to a tie for the best NFC record (13-3) and carried them deep into the playoffs before their eventual loss to the Giants in the championship game.
By putting up numbers comparable to the likes of Brady, Manning and Palmer, he made players like Greg Jennings and James Jones look like star receivers.
Favre was fourth in the league in passing yards with 4,155. He posted the sixth best passer rating of 95.7. He was tied for sixth in the league with 28 TDs and threw a respectably low 15 picks.
I don't know how long Brett can keep playing at this level, but I, for one, am going to enjoy it while it lasts.
5. Derek Anderson (Cleveland Browns)
I find it hard to believe that a team that gives up 24 points and nearly 400 yards of offense per game can go 10-6. Derek Anderson's play led an explosive Browns offense.
He posted over 3,000 passing yards to accompany 29 TD passes and a Pro Bowl appearance. Derek Anderson came out of nowhere to have a great year as the quarterback of the Browns.
6. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys)
Romo proved himself worthy of his big contract by playing at a Pro Bowl level for most of the season. His great play led the Cowboys to a 12-1 start and the title of a tough NFC East division.
Romo threw 36 TDs/19 Ints, racked up 4,211 yards and put up a 97.4 efficiency rating. Unfortunately, his team tanked in the end, dropping three of their final four games, including a playoff loss to the Giants.
Despite his rough ending, Tony had a great year with the Cowboys and is easily in the top 10.
7. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)
Manning is among the top QBs every year. This season, he backed up his Super Bowl run with another solid season.
Peyton’s stats read 31 TDs, 14 Ints, 4,040 yards and a 98.0 passer rating. More importantly, he helped his team to the quietest 13-3 record in recent memory, especially by a defending champion.
Due in part to injuries, his Colts lost in their first postseason game to the San Diego Chargers. Peyton’s year was impressive despite his early exit from the playoffs.
8. Eli Manning (New York Giants)
Not enough can be said about the ‘Giant’ leap toward stardom Eli made this season. “The other Manning” didn’t have eye-popping numbers. He didn’t break any records.
His team wasn’t a one seed or even a division winner. However, his on-field leadership, consistent play and reduced turnovers jumped his team to a great road record and eventually landed them in the Super Bowl.
His smart play and clutch game-winning drive earned his team the win and himself the MVP. Hopefully, his great season has lifted him out of the shadow of his brother and earned him some much-deserved respect.
9. Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks)
Hasselbeck put up great numbers this season while guiding the Seahawks to a 10-6 record and their fourth straight NFC West Division title.
He threw 28 passes that ended in the end zone and just 12 that were caught by opposing defenses. He totaled nearly 4,000 yards passing and acquired a 91.4 passer rating.
In the first round of the playoffs, he lifted his team over a hot Redskins team that had been on a roll. His inability to get the victory over a great Packers team the next week was a tough ending to another good year.
10. Phillip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)
After starting out 1-3, the Chargers appeared to be trailing only New Orleans for the title of most disappointing team in football.
However, Rivers stepped up his game and elevated the Bolts to 10 wins in their last 12 games to earn them the third seed in the AFC.
In the playoffs, San Diego found a way to beat Tennessee despite an injury to Rivers. Rivers returned the next week and displayed one of the gutsiest performances I’ve ever seen in a 28-24 win over a great Colts team.
Rivers finally met his match in the AFC Championship and, although he outplayed the Patriot’s Brady, he couldn’t quite edge out a win. Rivers' great regular season numbers and courageous playoff run propelled him into this top-10 list.
I’m sure whoever is reading this disagrees in some way. Feel free to critique the order or contents of this list. I’d love to hear what you have to say.