NFL: Ranking the Top 10 Quarterbacks in 2011
Everyone loves to argue about football. It’s part of what makes the game even more fun for fans. The games themselves are enough to talk about all week, all season, but it is the little things within the game that fans like to talk about, which makes it the most exciting sport for fans in the United States.
For now, we will rank the Top 10 Quarterbacks, OBJECTIVELY — taking into account their team’s style of play, play-calling, individual ability of the quarterback (not previous success or lack thereof, but their sole ability, acumen and execution).
1. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts.
Overall acumen, smarts, able to read defenses and make the deep throws, as well as the passes within the sticks. Vocal and unquestioned leader/face of the franchise.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints.
Brees gets rid of the ball so quickly, makes razor-sharp reads and probably does one of the best jobs of looking off safeties with his eyes than any other QB in the NFL.
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers.
Probably the biggest (right) arm in the NFL, and has finally put all of his massive abilities together. He is one of the more mobile QBs and has the ability to “make all the throws.”
4. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers.
Sidearm, overhand, scooping it, touch passes, rifling, you name it, he gets it done. Every year. A natural leader.
5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots.
Tom Brady can absolutely zing it. 70 yards in the arm. But he never does, because the Patriots rarely throw the ball beyond the sticks-to-15 yards in the air. Brady is not mobile, but he makes enough movement in the pocket to make the quick throws that he must make in the Patriots’ offense.
6. Eli Manning, New York Football Giants.
Manning is underrated by many, overrated (somehow?) by many more. He’s smart, makes all the throws and throws one of the best deep balls in the NFL. Not an absolute Top-Shelf QB, but he’s a 1B/2A QB, which is not bad.
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons.
Ryan rarely has had the chance to show his full repertoire, but he has an excellent arm. He’s poised in the pocket and generally makes good reads and few mistakes. With more speed at WR entering 2011, he should have the opportunity to truly showcase his full skill set.
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers.
Roethlisberger is big and powerful, difficult to bring down on sack attempts. He’s mobile enough to buy time inside and outside the pocket, but he is wildly inconsistent at times. What he does well is performs exceptionally well in clutch situations. However, he makes a lot of mistakes that elite QBs just do not make.
9. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles.
Vick is 31 years old and still gets around as well as he did 5 years ago in his absolute athletic prime; despite two years out of football. Vick has the biggest arm in the NFL, only rivaled by Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. He throws the most beautiful deep balls, 60+ yards in the air and tight spirals in even gusty winds. ALL WITH A MINOR FLICK OF THE WRIST. I’ve marveled at that ability since 1998. I’ve never seen anyone make throwing a football that hard, that far, look so easy.
Vick has made strides playing in the pocket, but he’s not quite elite.
10. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Freeman has made the strides after two full seasons in the NFL. There are a couple of other guys who you can argue that could belong here (a mistake-prone Matt Schaub, equally mistake-prone Joe Flacco and maybe Jay Cutler) but Freeman has the moxie, the physical ability and the brains to play the position. He’s cut out to play QB in the NFL and will light up the skies in 2011.