I was reading some other teams fanposts, and saw lots of debate over the top coaches in the league. This interested me, and made me wonder how much of a debate the top quarterbacks in the league are, so naturally I decided to rank the projected starting quarterbacks in the league. I decided to factor in regular season success and playoff success, and previous success of each player. That being said, rookies spot will have to be determined from some college success combined with OTA reports. I eventually plan on making a "top 100" players after I finish the player rankings at each position. Enjoy, and feel free to tear me to shreds.
In his young career he already has a Super Bowl (He was the MVP), 3 pro bowls, an NFL MVP and he holds the record for the highest completion percentage and passer rating. Elite passer with good athleticism.
Tom Brady haters, hate him because he wins so much. Or that he has a super model wife, one of the two. Brady will surely be a hall of fame quarterback as he has 8 pro bowls, 3 Super Bowls, 2 Super Bowl MVPs, and 2 NFL MVPs. He has to many completions and passer rating records to count and owns the record for most consecutive passes without an interception (358), most touchdowns in a quarter (5), and highest completion percentage in a post season game (92.9)and most touchdowns in a season (50. Just to name a few.
Another all time great comes in at number 3. Mainly because of his lack of post season success and his inability to beat Tom Brady. (Peyton Manning is 5-8 vs Brady) But, he has been a 12 time pro bowler, 4 time NFL MVP, and has won 1 Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP.
No matter how much you hate the Saints, you have to respect Brees as a quarterback. I like him as a player but its a shame he had to ruin it playing for such a terrible team. Anyway, he has been a 7 time pro bowler, and a Super Bowl winner and MVP. He holds numerous records including most passing yards in a season (5,476), fastest ever to reach 40,000 yards, and most consecutive games with a touchdown (54). He proved critics wrong about height being an issue.
The other Manning comes in at 5, even though the other brother has more Super Bowls than the more well known Peyton Manning. Eli has been to 3 pro bowls, and has won 2 Super Bowls, the MVP of both. He is the New York Giants all time leader in passing touchdowns. He thrives in big moments and has showed it, in the playoffs, and in the Super Bowl. He has beaten Tom Brady twice in the Super Bowl.
6.) Matt Ryan: Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan revived the Falcons franchise and has been a consistent winner in the regular season since joining the Falcons. He has beaten every quarterback above him on my list, but has lost to Rodgers and Eli in the playoffs as many of you know. He has caught alot of heat for starting his career 1-3 in the playoffs, but so did another man ranked ahead of him on my list, Peyton Manning. He is a 2 time pro bowler and holds the Falcons single season records for passing yards and touchdowns.
Big Ben is a 2 time pro bowler and 2 time Super Bowl winner. Some say he gets alot of credit for managing the game while a top notch defense led the way, but Big Ben has a career 92.7 passer rating, and that speaks for itself.
Philip Rivers is a good quarterback, but is constantly berated because of his goofiness. He is a 4 time pro bowler and took over for Drew Brees when the Chargers chose not to re-sign Brees. He has had some playoff success but has never gotten past the AFC championship.
As most of us know, Joe Flacco recently added a Super Bowl to his resume and also was the MVP of the game. (I think the Falcons would have dominated the Ravens in the Super Bowl, but I can only wish.) But, Flacco is pegged as another game manager in the AFC North who handed it to Ray Rice alot and let the defense make some plays. I think Flacco is somewhat of a game manager but has is also a pretty good quarterback. He led his team to back to back AFC championships, and owns a career 86.3 passer rating.
I think this is where alot of criticism on my list will come from. But Romo has been a 3 time pro bowler and owns a career 95.6 passer rating. He would be higher on this list with more playoff success and better play late in the game, and late in the season.
Matthew Stafford led THE LIONS to the playoffs, thats easier said than done, even though they had a quick exit. I credit a good amount of his success to Calvin Johnson who is uncoverable. But, he was hurt for a majority of the beginning of his career and has had a 5,000 yard passing season, joining the likes of Dan Marino, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady.
What? Andrew Luck ahead of RG3? Blasphemy! Andrew Luck had one of the best rookie seasons of all time. He led his team to the playoffs, and set some rookie passing records. What you didn't know is that he was actually a more effective and efficient runner than RG3. He also He also made the pro bowl his rookie year. Ironically, he comes in at numer 12, too.
RG3 also led his team to the playoffs, and as we have all heard numerously on ESPN (ugh) he was brutally injured, by himself. We will have to wait and see if he will make a Adrian Peterson like recovery or it will hinder him next season. Before his injury he was a solid QB with game breaking speed. He won the NFL Rookie of the Year and also made the pro bwol. But, like the NFL Draft, he will come in second to Andrew Luck on my list.
Russell Wilson was another athletic rookie QB that led his team to the playoffs. Also he made the pro bowl and won the Pepsi rookie of the year. He eventually was knocked out of the playoffs by your Atlanta Falcons, but had a great year.
15.) Cam Newton: Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. He was a rookie of the year, and made the 2011 pro bowl. He has suffered from having bad wide recievers outside of Steve Smith and defensive injuries.
Don't get me wrong, Colin Kaepernick is a good quarterback, but I think he was a beneficial of the best O-line in football and a rock solid running game. He led his team to the Super Bowl but I think deserves too much credit for making it there.
Andy Dalton has led his team to the playoffs three times and has finally got his team over the hump. Andy is a good quarterback that needs some more weapons to be truly effective. The Bengals have supplied him with Tyler Eifert and Giovanni Bernard in the draft so we should see some more production from Dalton. (Look for the Bengals to win the AFC North)
Matt Schaub has had a pretty nice career in Houston since leaving Atlanta. He has benefitted from having one of the best wide recievers in Andre Johnson, one of the best running backs in Arian Foster, and one of the NFL's best defenses.
Jay Cutler is a slighty above average quarterback that with more weapons I think could be up around the top ten of this list. He is questionable at times with decision making and clutchness but is an all around solid quarterback.
Ryan Tannehill is a guy that I can easily see moving rapidly up the list, and the Dolphins want to help him. They have added Mike Wallace and Dustin Keller, and retained Brian Hartline. He should have a nice year next year, and will vault up the list.
After Sam's rookie year, I would have thought he would be higher on this list, but after two lackluster years, I'm wondering if he truly is a franchise quarterback. We will find out when we see him play with the duo from West Virginia Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
My prediction is Carson Palmer has the biggest leap on my list after next season. He will throw to Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and Ryan Swope this year and he has a solid defense. Watch out for Palmer and the Cardinals, they may make a run in the West.
23.) Alex Smith: Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith, he may be a better all around QB with Andy Reid but I think he was solid in San Francisco because of the line, running game, and the play calling. He will have Jamal Charles and Dwyane Bowe in Kansas City so we will see his true ability this year.
Josh Freeman can easily be a top 15 quarterback, but not with his play last year. He has some new defenders to take some pressure off of him so maybe he can hit his stride. The Bucs are trying to give him one last chance.
Mike Vick doesn't have a line! His wide recievers drop passes! He is an elite quarterback! I have heard it all from the loyal Vick supporters. But, they are just ignoring the fact that Michael Vick isn't accurate and can't take hits. He also runs around in thepocket too long, which gives defenders way too much time to get to him.
26.) EJ Manuel: Buffalo Bills
This is a projetion, think EJ will be the best rookie quarterback, but that isn't saying much. Let's face it, he didn't face great defenses in the ACC and he wasm't a lights out passer. Should be an average NFL QB.
Christian Ponder may make some strides with his job on the line and the addition of Greg Jennings, but as long as he has AP behind him, you better believe AP is gonna carry the team.
I would love to see Jake Locker do well, but he doesn't have the team orskill to do it. He may lose his job before more help comes.
29.) Terelle Pryor: Oakland Raiders
Pryor looks like he still has some work to do to be a solid quarterback. Some say he won't start the opener, but I think he will and later lose his job to Tyler Wilson.
Weeden has some more weapons to work with, but doesn't have the skill to make the Browns a playoff team. He also is turning 30 soon and its only his second year. Safe to say Manziel may be in a Browns uniform next year.
Geno I think will lose his starting spot to Sanchez late in the season, sad for Jets fans. But, Geno had over a third of his passes in college caught behind the line of scrimmage, he also had Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey to move it after the catch. That won;t work in the NFL, he doesn't have te personel for it anyway.
Blaine, what can I say...start applying for jobs?
Let me know what you think!