I found a buddy of mine who enjoys and shares the same passion for the NFL as I do. He has gladly agreed to participate in what hopes to be a long line of top 10's that range from anything you can possibly think of regarding the NFL. When speaking of our first edition, we decided what better to kick it off with then the NFL's top 10 quarterbacks. Without further adu, here is what we came up with. ENJOY!
Jordan's List / Ethan's List:
1. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) / Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
2. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) / Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)
3. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) / Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
4. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) / Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
5. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) / Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)
6. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) / Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles)
7. Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles) / Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steerlers
8. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) / Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)
9. Eli Manning (New York Giants) / Matt Schaub (Houston Texans)
10. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) / Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
HM: Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) / Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams)
HM: Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) /Eli Manning (New York Giants)
HM: Matthew Stafford (Detriot Lions) / Matthew Stafford (Detriot Lions)
Why Tony Romo and Eli Manning are top 10 quarterbacks (Jordan):
Although both are quarterbacks who get their merits for completely different reasons, both belong in the top 10 none the less. Romo is a guy who's known, rightfully so, as someone who can't get it down when it counts, but there is no denying that Tony Romo is one of the most talented guys in the NFL when it comes to throwing the football. He has weapons, and utilizes them as well as anyone around and has put up big numbers pretty well every year that he has started in the NFL. He'll never be considered truly elite until he gets over that hump and wins when it counts, but his gutsy performance to beat the 49ers last week was the first time I've seen him dig and show some heart to take a talented team over the top. I think that's just a sign of things to come for the quarterback you've all grown to hate.
There is a total of six quarterbacks in the NFL who have started for a Super Bowl winning team. To find five of them, look no further then the top five guys on my list and there you have them, the truly elite. The sixth however, doesn't find himself in that class, but is the only other one to do it and that's Eli Manning. His numbers pop both for the good and for the bad, but I hold winning as a quarterback to be an important value, and Eli Manning proved in 3 road playoff games and then in what could be the biggest upset in NFL history that he is just that, a winner. That alone warrants him being considered a top 10 quarterback in the NFL today.
Why Matt Schaub and Josh Freeman are top 10 quarterbacks (Ethan):
I think that these two players are top 10 quarterbacks for several reasons. We'll start with Matt Schaub. The last few seasons the Texans defense has been pathetic. The Hail Mary against the Jaguars that was batted to Mike Thomas for a touchdown sums up the Texans defense over the last few years: even if they did exactly as they were supposed to do they never did anything right. Through this time Matt Schaub has been able to lead a powerful Texans offense and keep the team in games late and at least have a chance to make the playoffs near the end of the season. Quarterbacks not as talented as him would not be able to do this and probably would get blown out most of the time.
I feel Josh Freeman
is a top 10 quarterback because of his skill set as a 3rd year player.
After a poor rookie season he exploded on to the scene in his 2nd
season. He lead the Bucs, who realistically were not a very talented
team (10 rookies started at some point or another) to 10 wins (8 total
career comeback wins) and almost a playoff birth. Freeman's room for
development as a player and his great representation of the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers organization is something not many young quarterbacks have.
At 6'6??? and 250 pounds and with his athletic ability he could very well
develop into one of the top quarterbacks in the game. He also represents
the Buccaneers organization in a positive way and looks to be a great
teammate which is a very underrated attribute for a quarterback.
Why Ben Roethlisberger is a better quarterback then Philip Rivers (Jordan):
As I said earlier, winning is a big part in a quarterbacks success in my mind, and no quarterback does it quite like Big Ben. The man has been to three Super Bowls, winning two, and he's done it all before his 29th birthday. In my mind, Philip Rivers is merely a glorified Tony Romo. He wins in the regular season, puts up gaudy numbers and does so while being dominant at times. However, in big games, he just doesn't seem to bring his team to a level that is high enough to succeed when the games get important. Roethlisberger has done that time and time again, whether it was managing the game in his first Super Bowl victory or orchestrating the game winning drive in his second, he always seems to give his team a chance to win in the most pressure filled situations. Roethlisberger is also no slouch when it comes to statistics, as he has thrown for 32 touchdowns and 4,328 yards in his best seasons, and boasts a career rating that is north of the 90 mark. Rivers has shown to be one of the most talented players in the league, but until he does so when it matters there is no way I can justify placing him over a proven winner in Ben Roethlisberger.
Why Philip Rivers is a better quarterback then Ben Roethlisberger (Ethan):
This one is really easy for me personally. Even though Big Ben has 2 more Superbowls than Rivers I would still rather have Rivers as my quarterback. I may be contradicting myself in regards to the Tom Brady article (coming soon!) about the quarterbacks most important attribute being winning. Big Ben's off the field incidents made this decision for me. First with the motorcycle accident and then the 2 sexual assault charges. I have personally played with players who are bad teammates and it can really kill team chemistry. Philip Rivers has stayed clean off the field and represents the franchise well. Having his fiery leadership and confidence I feel helps every player on the offense, if not the whole team, play better. That attitude of never backing down from anyone spreads and may be a significant factor in the team's ability to make these late season surges into the playoffs. I also think that Rivers is a more complete overall quarterback as he is great from the pocket and adequate on the run. Big Ben seems to struggle in the pocket and always seems to be at his best when the play breaks down and he is running around the field. This can only work for so long before it catches up with him. I think that, no matter how good a player is, there is a limit to what a team should put up with before the attitude offsets the talent.