The old adage that a team is only as good as its quarterback seems to be true this season.
It’s no coincidence that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are the NFL’s best team, while Dan Orlovsky is under center for the league’s most inept team. It’s also no coincidence the recent quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl are all stars—Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger (twice), Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady (three times).
These rankings aren’t solely based on this season. A rough 2010 year won’t completely wipe out promise the quarterback displayed prior to that, which is why a guy like Josh Freeman still ranks in the top 25. I did, however, weigh heavily into performance thus far this year, since the NFL is much about what a guy has done lately.
A quarterback has to have a team to be rated. So Peyton Manning is eligible to be critiqued, but David Garrard or Donovan McNabb are not. Neither are retired players like Kurt Warner or Brett Favre, even though their names have been linked to quarterback-decimated teams.
So, here they are. I welcome all comments below.