With all due respect to RG III, he still has a lot more to prove to join the passers listed below. Because we could only choose 10 players, we had to leave off some really good signal-callers like Michael Vick, Matt Schaub and Joe Flacco. So here are our top 10 NFL quarterbacks in reverse order:
10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
Rivers throws funny but manages to put up incredible numbers year after year. Without much of a supporting cast, his best days might be behind him, though.
9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
“Matty Ice” has lived up to expectations as the third overall pick in the 2008 draft. His uncanny accuracy is perfect for the Falcons who like to run, first. The Falcons’ recent playoff losses have not been his fault.
8. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
He gets hurt too much; but when he’s healthy, he’s a prototypical gunslinger. He has a quick release and a strong arm. In his only full healthy season, he threw for 41 touchdowns and over 5000 yards.
7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
Although Romo has had some huge turnovers that have hurt his team in recent years, he takes way too much heat for the Cowboys’ failures. He knows his way around the pocket and is a great thrower.
6. Eli Manning – New York Giants
It took Eli 5 years to blossom but when he did, he hit it big. The great thing about him is the bigger the game, the better he plays; and has two Super Bowl MVP awards to prove it.
5. Ben Roethlisberger -Pittsburgh Steelers
Okay, so he’s not a good person, but Big Ben’s performance on the field has been great. He’s not fast, but he’s great at buying time in the pocket and simply finds a way to win game after game.
4. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
Peyton is only rated this low because he has been hurt and the players ranked above him have been playing out of their minds the last couple of years. Two years ago, he would have been one or two.
3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
As good as Rivers has been, San Diego probably rues the day that they traded Brees to New Orleans. What makes his success so stunning is that he’s “small” for a quarterback at 6’0″.
2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
You just know that Brett Favre throws empty beer cans at the TV screen when Rodgers plays. Do you think the San Francisco 49ers just might regret picking Alex Smith instead of him?
1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
Here were the quarterbacks that were selected ahead of Brady in the 2000 draft: Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger, and Spurgeon Wynn. No joke.
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