I am about to "lose it" if I hear one more unintelligent and uninformed media member or retired ex-lineman or defensive player, or even failed coach, attribute the outcome of a play or game solely to the quarterback.
I will share some thoughts which I have shared for years with a top QB coach and the head coach of the Chicago Bears; my former coach and friend, Coach Marc Trestman. Coach and I concur on many philosophical thoughts and this assessment is again one of them.
Keep in mind, football is the ultimate team game. There are 11-players on an offensive unit. If a QB throws an interception or fumbles; or gets sacked, or throws an incomplete pass; that is a team mistake or error. In fact, any error at any position, is attributable to the entire team and NEVER to a single position.
In addition, and again, in fact, the worst stat I can imagine which is dervived by the humanist and blame-oriented media; is to attribute wins and loses and such a record to a QB. Truly, it is overrated and inaccurate. Teams and teams alone win or lose games. And again, the QB, while perhaps the most visable player on most teams; is completely misjudged by the media and the unwise.
Indeed, surely each player gets graded and has a personal ability and responsibility to perform and play; and I won't deny that the QB is normally the most influential player on the offensive team; but again, people's perspectives are off-base and when it comes to truly analyzing quarterbacks, the world is geniunely misinformed.
From this Master Strategist's perspective. please allow me to rate the Top 12 NFL quarterbacks playing this season; and do so in what I believe to be the categories and characteristics which constitute being a successful QB....
1. Intelligence: A QB's main job is to call the correct play or audible into it and then execute it.
2. Passing Ability: He obviously must be able to throw and do so accurately with arm strength.
3. Running Ability: He must be able to run either within or out of the pocket to avoid a sack, or to scramble and pass or run for yardage.
4. Leadership: A QB must either be the best player on the team which will put him in the role of leader or have the character to lead the team to wins and rebound after losses.
5. Health: A QB must be healthy and injury-free. He must take care of himself. In fact, he must also be willing to die, actually die while playing his position.
TOP 12 NFL QBS:
1. Peyton Manning: Even with only one Super Bowl win, he is still the best-ever to play the position.
2. Aaron Rodgers: Wrote years before they finally did that the Packers should have traded Favre a couple of seasons earlier than they eventually did.
3. Drew Brees: Watched him workout while at Purdue and knew he had incredible technique and footwork.
4. Andrew Luck: The son of a pro QB, like Manning, may turn out to be Top-5 to ever play the game.
5. Cam Newton: If there was ever a great QB to play on a terrible team; Newton is the man. He could be the LeBron James of pro football.
6. Michael Vick: If not for his advanced age, by QB standards, and such a tumultous life marred by injuries; he would be regarded as great as he truly is as a quarterback.
7. Tom Brady: A great QB, but more the product of a system, coaching, and a team than people realize.
8. Ben Roethlisberger: He has made more of a W-L impact on his team than virtually any other QB on this list.
9. Russell Wilson: He is like Dree Brees with wheels. Like Brees, both excel in leadership and Christian character.
10. Matt Ryan: A prototype pocket passer who is still unpredictible on how great he can be or how long his career lasts.
11. Tony Romo: The most maligned of any QB. He more than any other is blame-worthy by media and fans while his team is never as "talented" as everyone claims.
12. Joe Flacco: A solid QB, but like Brady, has been a part of very good teams his entire playing career.