Monday, February 27, 2012

Top 5 Quarterbacks in the NFL

As the league continues to move more and more towards the pass, the value of a quarterback is higher now then it has ever been. With that in mind, Chargermadness ranks the top 5 quarterbacks in the league today*. (Due to the unknown nature of the Peyton Manning situation, this list may or may not end up revised)

1) Tom Brady: As much as it pains me to say this, Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the league. The guy has 3 rings, holds the single season touchdown mark, and has consistently produced regardless of the talent around him. Brady is a first ballot lock for the HOF. He has great touch and just always seems to know what to do with the ball. He isn't afraid to throw to any receiver or against any look. Brady seems to always find the open man. While his career may be coming to an end sometime in the next 5 or so years, i expect him to earn at least 1 more ring.

2) Aaron Rodgers: Remember what I said about quarterbacks being valuable? See Rodgers for the perfect example. Rodgers is only just beginning his career as a starter, having rode the bench behind Brett Favre for several years. Rodgers is surrounded by great talent and has the ability to make all the throws and has one of the best deep balls I have seen as of late. Rodgers is mobile enough to make a difference, but what may be his most valuable asset is his leadership ability. Already in possession of 1 ring, Rodgers and the Packers are poised to make many more deep playoff runs.

3) Drew Brees: Until he passed Marino's single season yardage marker, Brees had always played second fiddle to Brady and Peyton Manning, even the hype around his Super Bowl win died down. Brees has always kind of been the overlooked guy of this trio. Brees has an exceptional understanding of the game and is also surrounded by an incredible amount of talent, both on the offensive line and the skill positions. Brees has great accuracy with his throws and always finds the open man. Breaking Marino's record has only further cemented Brees as an elite quarterback.

4) Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben is the definition of a tough quarterback. We have seen his game develop over the years, and this can is evident both in his numbers and the Steelers..... gasp..... passing the ball more! Roethlisberger has the all important ability to extend the play and stand tall in the pocket. With great weapons around him in receivers such as Mike Wallace and emerging youngster Antonio Brown, Big Ben should continue to put up great numbers. While he may not always throw the best ball, he gets the job done. He plays through pain and has matured greatly as a player over the last few years. He may not always have huge numbers, but he always seems to put the Steelers in a position to win.

5) Philip Rivers: Rounding out this list is Philip Rivers. The only thing really holding Rivers back is his lack of post-season success. Rivers has an amazing deep ball and has a fire to play the game with amazing intensity. How many other NFL quarterbacks would chase down a defender to make a tackle? Rivers fits Turner's deep passing game very well. With his leadership ability and arm strength, he should earn a ring at some point. It really just depends on how the team around him plays. We saw two years ago just how good Rivers really is when he basically dealt with reserve and practice squad players for a good majority of the year as numerous receivers battled injuries. Rivers still produced at an amazing level. He makes those around him look all the better. While he ma have one of the oddest throwing motions to come along before Tim Tebow, Rivers usually holds up his end of the bargain.

Honorable Mentions: Eli Manning, Matt Ryan

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