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Ranking the Best QB’s in the NFL (2011)

It’s always fun to rank the top players in sports. In this edition, I will be ranking the top quarterbacks in the NFL. There are 32 teams in the NFL so I will only rank 32 quarterbacks. Moreover, I am only going to be ranking the presumed starting quarterbacks for each team. So, for example, Vince Young will not be on this list because he will be backing up Michael Vick in Philadelphia while John Beck will be on the list because he is the presumed starter for the Redskins. I feel like this is the only fair way to rank the quarterbacks. I will rank these quarterbacks based on how good they are right now, taking into account each players pure skills such as arm strength, accuracy, poise, leadership, etc. With all that being said, let’s get started.

1. Tom Brady (NE) – 3-time SB Champion, 2-time Super Bowl MVP, 2-time NFL MVP…enough said

2. Peyton Manning (IND) – SB Champ and MVP, 4-time MVP, 65% career completion percentage

3. Aaron Rodgers (GB) – SB Champ and MVP, rocket arm, quick and elusive out of the pocket

4. Drew Brees (NO) – SB Champ and MVP, great leader, throws a great deep ball

5. Philip Rivers (SD) – 3-time Pro Bowler, can flat-out fling it, career 97.2 passer rating

6. Michael Vick (PHI) – most versatile and electric QB of all-time, has grown into a true quarterback, most dangerous QB in the NFL

7. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – 2-time SB Champ, not always pretty but gets the job done, extremely physical, always makes plays in the clutch

8. Tony Romo (DAL) – 3-time Pro Bowler, 95.5 career passer rating, crafty in and out of the pocket, one of the best at extending plays    

9. Matt Ryan (ATL) – Pro Bowler, Rookie of the Year, career 33-13 record, great poise and awareness

10. Matt Schaub (HOU) – Pro Bowler, 65% career completion percentage, good mix of arm power and accuracy 

11. Eli Manning (NYG) – SB Champ and MVP, proven winner, accuracy troubles at times

12. Josh Freeman (TB) – a pure beast standing at 6-feet 6-inches and 240-pounds, sky-high potential, needs to be more accurate

13. Joe Flacco (HOU) – 32-16 career record, 62% career completion percentage, strong arm, can become flustered in big games

14. Jay Cutler (CHI) – Pro Bowler, Brett Favre reincarnated, powerful arm, needs to cut down on the interceptions

15. David Garrard (JAC) – Pro Bowler, great on the run, hard to bring down, not a pure passer

16. Mark Sanchez (NYJ) – NFL leader in road playoff wins with 4, good leader, needs to cut down on the interceptions and be more accurate

17. Sam Bradford (STL) – Rookie of the Year, great poise, good leader, promising future

18. Matthew Stafford (DET) – has all the tools to be a successful QB but needs to stay healthy, needs to improve decision-making

19. Matt Cassel (KC) – Pro Bowler, good decision maker, limits turnovers, needs to improve his accuracy 

20. Donovan McNabb (MIN) – 6-time Pro Bowler, good leader, proven winner, struggles with accuracy at times

21. Matt Hasselbeck (TEN) – 3-time Pro Bowler, playoff tested, great locker room presence, injury prone

22. Jason Campbell (OAK) – very athletic, solid arm strength and accuracy, was in too many systems to find his niche

23. Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF) – below average arm, below average accuracy, backup posing as a starter

24. Kevin Kolb (ARI) – strong arm, good potential, hasn’t proven anything yet

25. Alex Smith (SF) – 19-31 record, more career interceptions than TDs, strong arm, not very accurate, last chance to prove himself

26. Chad Henne (MIA) – poor decision-making at times, more career interceptions than TDs, inconsistent, strong arm, great mechanics

27. Colt McCoy (CLE) – great poise, crafty in and out of the pocket, lacks ideal size and arm strength

28. Tim Tebow (DEN) – great leader, great competitor, great potential, versatile, good poise, good arm strength, struggles with accuracy

29. Tarvaris Jackson (SEA) – extremely athletic, struggles with accuracy and decision-making

30. Cam Newton (CAR) – physical specimen, great athlete, great potential, good arm strength, needs to work on his accuracy

31. John Beck (WAS) – 0-4 record, good arm strength, not a starter in the NFL

32. Andy Dalton (CIN) – good intangibles, high character guy, great accuracy, not ready yet

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  2. August 23, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    good list, i see we have a mutual admiration of Freeman

    • August 23, 2011 at 6:47 PM

      Freeman is a star in the making. He’s eerily similar in style to Roethlisberger but in my opinion has a better overall skill set

  3. August 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    I know this is naturally a controversial kind of topic, but I’ll respect the willingness to put it out there. I don’t value Superbowl rings as much as most. I feel that there’s a lot that goes into winning them for us to judge one player on not winning one. Still, the greats always win one (with the exception of Dan Marino). For that reason, I feel Peyton is a better quarterback than Tom Brady. Peyton is a self made man quarterback. He’s the OC for the Colts, organizes the protection, designs the route concepts, identifies the hot reads, manipulates safeties pre-snap, and is all around exceptional at the position. Furthermore, he makes up for a wealth of deficiencies – average accuracy, weaker arm than most elite qbs – by preparing thoroughly. Brady is up there and I don’t mean to discredit his works because he has been incredibly good his entire career, but the Colts without Peyton are a disaster, while the Patriots can win without Brady. It’s the old wins-above-replacement argument. I struggle putting Freeman above guys like Flacco, Sanchez, and Cutler. Freeman has had one solid year, let’s see how he holds up past that before jumping guys who have won games and won games in the playoffs. Appreciate the comments on our blog http://nflamateurs.wordpress.com/

    • August 23, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      I hear you on Manning. To play devil’s advocate, Manning has had some great receivers like Harrison, Wayne, and Clark. Brady won with guys like Branch and Brown and has made guys like Gronkowski, Hernandez, and Welker look like stars. Granted, Cassel came in and won 11 games and if Painter takes over for Manning the Colts might win 4 games at best. Like you said, it’s an interesting argument. Thx for commenting.

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