The Top Ten NFL QuarterbacksBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
The future of the NFL remains in doubt thanks to an ongoing dispute between the league’s owners and the association formerly known as the Player’s Union.
While the labor talks and appeals processes are taking place, the NFL Network has put together a list of the leagues top 100 players.
It’s hard for me to discern the top overall football players because of the various positions. Even the different positions have different roles depending on which team a player is on.
Starting with quarterback, I’m going to list what I believe are the top 10 players at each position going into the 2011 season.
Considered by many the most important position in sports, quarterbacks are judged by their ability to win. Of course, there are the other statistics (passing yards, TDs, QB rating, etc). But, at the end of the day, teams want to know if their signal caller can eventually lead them to a Lombardi Trophy.
1. Tom Brady (New England Patriots): After already owning 3 Super Bowl rings and an MVP award, Brady let everyone know he’s still got it after missing the 2009 season. By throwing for 3900 yards, 36 TD’s and only 4 INT’s, Brady earned his second MVP award.
2. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): It’s not just that Rodgers led the Pack to a Super Bowl victory, it’s how he did it. Green Bay had probably the most injuries in the league last year. Rodgers stayed calm and led the 10-6 Packers to three road playoff victories on their way to the Lombardi Trophy.
3. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts): Manning had one of his worst seasons in 2010, but after being considered the best QB for so long, it’s hard to drop him too far. With the Colts addressing their offensive line in the draft and hope that their receivers get back to full strength health-wise, lets see if Manning will rebound from his 22 INT year.
4. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): At 6’0, Brees is short for a QB but he’s the best in the league at maneuvering in the pocket. Behind one of the best O-lines in the NFL, Brees should reach 4000+ yards for the 6th straight year.
5. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers): If Big Ben led the Steelers on a game winning drive in the Super Bowl, he’d be ranked higher. Instead, 2010 will be remembered for his 4 game suspension to start the season and the 2 INTs he threw in the big game.
6. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers): If it just came down to passing yards, Rivers would in the top 3. But, wins are a huge factor as well. Rivers must improve on his 3-4 postseason record to gain better recognition.
7. Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles): Even at the age of 30, Vick may have the most upside on this list. After two years away from football and one season as a Wildcat option, he started 2010 as Kevin Kolb’s backup. Vick took over in the middle of the first game and became the MVP runner-up. If there is a training camp, working with the first unit will make Vick even better.
8. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons): After playing hurt for a lot of the 2009 season, Ryan showed why he was the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2008. By trading up to draft Julio Jones, the Falcons are positioning Ryan to be one of the best.
9. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans): Schaub definitely puts up the numbers to be considered a top QB. Unfortunately they don’t always translate into wins. With the changes Houston has made defensively, Schaub may start leading them to more wins.
10. Tie: Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) and Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): It would’ve been tough leaving either of these guys off the list. Both have quickly established themselves as franchise QBs who’ll be around for a long time. Both teams improved immediately when the drafted these guys. The biggest difference is Freeman is surrounded by a much younger core of teammates.
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