NFL  > General NFL  > Quarterbacks -- Power Rankings 2011
August 17, 2011, 07:32 PM
Tier One
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers

Tier Two
Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick

Tier Three
Matt Shaub, Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman, Tony Romo

Tier Four
Joe Flacco, Matt Cassel, Sam Bradford

Tier Five:
Donavan McNabb, Kyle Orton, Eli Manning

I made this thread because Eli Manning said he believes he belongs in Tom Brady's class. I just thought it was ironic that I believe he's at the other end of the list .. I know I'm going to get crap for putting Aaron Rodgers in the second tier and Philip in the first, but that's okay. This is only my opinion.
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August 18, 2011  05:07 AM ET
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Eli believes he belongs in Tom Brady's class? Based on WHAT exactly?Was "WAAAA! I don't WANT to go where I'm drafted" Eli about to cry as he said that? For some reason he always looks like he's pouting - like he was just grounded for a week. Even when he's forcing a smile.About the only person who thinks Eli is so GREAT is Eli (and a few Giants fans after a couple 12 packs). Face it: About a quarter of the respect Eli gets is because of the last name on his jersey and the fact that his brother actually does what Eli thinks he can. There's no way Eli would have been drafted #1 if his last name wasn't the same as his brother's.The guy is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get from game to game. Eli led the league last year in INTS with 25 - getting intercepted once every 13.56 times he threw the ball. And he was only sacked 16 times, so it's not because he was being knocked all over either - he just plain threw the ball poorly. Jay Cutler had a league-high 52 sacks and still had less interceptions and a better rating.Eli can credit his Super Bowl ring to the following people in the following order: to his defense, the Pats Asante Samuel letting a game-ending interception bounce off his hands, and an Immaculate Helmet that should be a first ballot HOFer.You can add this boast of his to the list of reasons he'll never be as good or classy as his older brother.

I agree with everything you just said, right down to that dumb look on his face every time he's on the field. What kind of leader could he possibly be on the football field? He looks like a 7th grader. I never liked Eli Manning, even after his Superbowl win.
But he has shown the potential to be so much better then he's been, and he is better then most of the quarterbacks around.

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August 18, 2011  08:59 AM ET

This will likely be a "make or break" year for Romo, insofar as fans and the media are concerned. Jerry Jones is another story tho. The problem is, a lot of other players playing well will depend on this making or breaking thing. If the defense sucks again like it did last year, Romo can play lights out all year, and still be labeled........sub par.....for lack of a better word. He'll be too busy trying to score and keep the team in the game(s). Not going to be easy.

But, this is true of any QB, but for some reason, more noticeable for Romo.

August 18, 2011  09:33 AM ET

agree with keith here.... make or break yr for romo, but he has to have help. i'd probably move romo down one tier until he has that "make it" year and move eli up a tier. any QB with a ring can't be on the bottom tier, especially at his age.

August 18, 2011  02:21 PM ET

rivers is an elite quarterback? really? there are only four elite qb's in the league....brady, manning, rodgers, and brees. next tier....vick, rivers, roethlisberger, ryan

August 18, 2011  04:53 PM ET

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August 19, 2011  11:42 AM ET
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How is Vick an "elite" QB exactly?What are his accomplishments that put him up there with Roethlisberger? Same goes for Ryan.The tiers are based on what someone has already accomplished up to this point - not what someone MAY accomplish in the future according to how great someone thinks one of these guys will be.

He said Vick is in the tier below elite.

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August 19, 2011  05:11 PM ET

Philip Rivers is a very good quarterback. But I'm surprised to see him in the same tier as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

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August 19, 2011  05:41 PM ET

In my opinion, I'd have to add a 4th QB to tier 1...being Brees, and replace Rivers in the top tier with either Rodgers , or Big Ben.

August 19, 2011  05:51 PM ET
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rivers is an elite quarterback? really? there are only four elite qb's in the league....brady, manning, rodgers, and brees. next tier....vick, rivers, roethlisberger, ryan

I disagree.
Philip Rivers is a great leader and one of the greatest passers the NFL has ever seen. It's not his fault he hasn't won a Superbowl. Statisticly, no ones done the things Rivers has done. And it's not like he's had the greatest receiving core to throw to over the years either (though it has been good) Place the blame somewhere else.
I'm not sold on Aaron Rodgers yet but I can definitely see how you could make a case on that. It was difficult for me to decide who belongs in that first tier and who belongs in the second. I'm giving Rodgers one more year to show me he's all that and a bag of chips like people think.
Vick's the same way .. if he doesn't show up this year the same way he did last year, he's shooting down the list. I decided he belonged in the second tier just out of respect to the great year he had.
Matt Ryan in the second tier? ... how do you figure?

August 19, 2011  05:57 PM ET

I can see your argument on Eli being placed in the fourth tier. The Superbowl trophy is something I don't argue with people about .. You gotta have all the pieces in place to get there. There isn't a doubt in my mind that without Eli the Giants wouldn't have made it to that Superbowl.
People try to tell me "Ben wouldn't have gone to three Superbowls without his defense" all the time and it really angers me .
For that reason, I think you guys are right, Eli should be placed a tier higher.

August 19, 2011  05:59 PM ET
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In my opinion, I'd have to add a 4th QB to tier 1...being Brees, and replace Rivers in the top tier with either Rodgers , or Big Ben.

My top 5 QB's are P. Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Rivers and Brees.

August 19, 2011  10:41 PM ET

bump

August 20, 2011  04:05 PM ET

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August 20, 2011  05:16 PM ET
QUOTE:

Tier OneTom Brady, Peyton Manning, Philip RiversTier TwoDrew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Michael VickTier ThreeMatt Shaub, Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman, Tony Romo

Tony Romo should at least be a tier two QB in my opinion.

 
August 20, 2011  06:05 PM ET

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