- 08/19/2011, 10:37AM ET
(Un) said 08/19, 10:37 AM
1. Tom Brady is coming off an MVP season, the 2nd of his career. He's surpassed Peyton Manning's career passer rating (95.2 for Brady, 94.9 for Manning). With a 3 Super Bowl ring tie-breaker.
2. Peyton Manning is coming off a bad season. But has more MVPs (4) than Aaron Rodgers has seasons starting (3).
3. Aaron Rodgers has the stats and is coming off a Super Bowl win.
4. Drew Brees is coming off a "bad season" where he led the NFL in completion %. Also has a ring.
5. Ben Roethlisberger has 2 SB wins, 3 appearances. Holds a 92.5 career passer rating despite playing behind a less than mediocre offensive line.
6. Philip Rivers has a better stat sheet than any current ringless quarterback.
7. Michael Vick has had one monster season.
8. Matt Ryan holds a 33-13 record as a starter. Promising young QB who limits interceptions.
9. Joe Flacco has improved statistically each season in the league. He's also won at least one playoff game each season.
10. Tony Romo has a top five all-time passer rating. If he played better in the postseason he'd be ranked a lot higher.
Rudedog: Believe The Hype said 08/19, 06:33 PM
I agree with your first 4 choices. Rodgers hasn't done what Brady and Manning have done for years.
As for the rest, well it looks a little something like this
5. Philip Rivers - He may be a crybaby, but he's easily one of the best QBs in the league. Can you name me one WR outside of Vincent Jackson that Rivers has had in his tenure in San Diego? I can't either
6. Ben Roethlisberger - As a pure QB, he's nothing special. But he's a winner. This comes down to how much you value winning. He finds ways to do it, but is never flashy about it.
7. Matt Schaub - I'm a fan of consistency. A big fan of it. This is why I can't put Vick ahead of Schaub right now. Vick had a good 3/4ths of a year. Schaub has had 2 straight 4000 yard seasons
8. Michael Vick - Despite his one-year wonder, he still had an insane year. He instantly launched himself into the top 10 rankings on that year alone. Now the question is can he sustain that level
9. Matt Ryan - Matty Ice has come into the league on fire. He's not been sensational, but he's young.
10. Tony Romo - If he wasn't coming off an injury, he'd be borderline top 5.
(Un) said 08/20, 03:34 PM
"name me one WR outside of Vincent Jackson"
If you think Rivers has lacked receiving weapons then you've forgotten about Antonio Gates, LaDainian Tomlinson, Darren Sproles and the 6'5 Malcolm Floyd.
Roethlisberger vs Rivers
Before you go handing Rivers the edge on stats, consider this: Roethlisberger has posted a 97.0 or higher passer rating in five separate seasons. That's more times than Rivers.
Rivers' 3-4 (42.9%) postseason record does not come close to Roethlisberger's 10-3 (76.9%). And Roethlisberger proved his clutch factor on his 78-yard game winning drive in Super Bowl 43.
The stats are close. The trophy case is not. Rivers need a ring before he can move higher on this list.
I omitted Schaub for two reason:
1. He's never reached the postseason and has a 25-31 (44.6%) record as a starter. Make whatever excuses for him you want, he needs to at least reach the postseason once to break into the top ten.
2. Andre Johnson pumps up Schaub's stat sheet much like Randy Moss did for Daunte Culpepper. For example, Sage Rosenfels didn't have much trouble racking up yards and touchdowns in 2007 & 2008 when Schaub was injured.
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