Finally, we have a time in the NFL where every team has a talented quarterback. Year after year, there’s always a few teams that are in need of quarterbacks. But with five quarterbacks drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, and a few talented quarterbacks in free agency, every team has at least one quarterback on the team who is worth a starting position. To put it into comparison, at least five teams was without a starting quarterback caliber player. Although, some players surprised us when it came time to the season. The Jets and Jaguars were both surprised as their quarterbacks exceeded expectations, and they were both teams that originally needed a quarterback.
Now let's go over this; this list is overall player. If it was based on strictly talent, it may be a little bit different. But there’s other important traits, which mainly include the success of the quarterback. A quarterback may put up some really good numbers, but if he can’t win, how good is he really? Some may disagree with the list, as it’s been a hot topic throughout the past seasons. But consider this list a more realistic version, rather than the Top 100 that changes year after year based upon a player’s success after that season.
32 Tyrod Taylor - Cleveland Browns
You know that the NFL is talented, when the worst starting quarterback in the league is a pretty decent quarterback. Granted, Tyrod Taylor is a guy who can make plays with his legs, and he’s very cautious with the football. Taylor is not the type of quarterback who makes poor throws, as he’s one of the best at preventing turnovers. Throughout his career, Taylor has never thrown for over six interceptions in a season. But the issue is that he also doesn’t throw the football as much as the average quarterback.
The 2018 NFL is a passing league, and you just have to be able to succeed through the air. Unfortunately, Taylor has not been able to do that.
And because of that, he likely won’t be a starter past this season, or even by season's end. The Browns are going to let Taylor play as long as this team has the slightest chance to make it to the playoffs, and then maybe the team will turn over to Baker Mayfield. Once Mayfield is the starter, he will likely move up the rankings on this list. But until then, the Browns are stuck with the most cautious quarterback in the league. On the bright side, their opponents won’t be forcing many turnovers.
31 A.J. McCarron - Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills used their first-round draft pick to select Josh Allen, but with signing A.J. McCarron, they’re likely going to start off the season with the veteran. If any rookie quarterback has an opportunity to start the 2018 season, it’s going to be Allen. But the Bills aren’t going to want to be scrutinized by being the only team in the league to have a rookie quarterback start the season, especially with a veteran on the squad. If McCarron is successful, he will play out the season. If not, give it six weeks and you’ll see Josh Allen on the field.
McCarron really became a popular name when he helped complete the Bengals' 2015 season and led them to the playoffs. Through the stretch, he did everything he had to do to give his team a shot. But, he’s still a young quarterback with very little experience. McCarron has the ability to be a solid starter, but he doesn’t have the weapons around him to do so. Out of all the teams in the NFL, the Bills may have the worst receiving corps. It’s not very beneficial as a young quarterback to have to go and pull the weight for your team.
30 Ryan Tannehill - Miami Dolphins
In Miami, you either love or hate Ryan Tannehill. He’s the perfect example of a mediocre quarterback, with occasional stretches of promise. But the reason why he’s not at the bottom of the list, is simply because he has a lot more experience than both of the last two quarterbacks. 2014 and 2015 were both good seasons for Tannehill, but despite that, his numbers are nothing to brag about. And throughout his career, the best record he’s had in one season is 8-5, before he was hurt and the Dolphins made the playoffs. But if a backup quarterback can help lead the Dolphins to the playoffs, that may prove more so why Tannehill is mediocre.
Tannehill struggles throwing the ball deep, and also isn’t the most accurate in tight spots. Tannehill doesn’t have a ton of speed, although he is able to escape out of the pocket and run a little bit. But another huge part why he’s lower on the list, is he hasn’t played football in about 18 months. Tannehill could come back as a whole different quarterback, and it seems like the Dolphins were preparing for that as they were interested in drafting Josh Rosen before he was selected by the Arizona Cardinals.
29 Josh McCown - New York Jets
It may come as a shocker to see a talented backup, pass a decent starting quarterback on the list. But Josh McCown’s production as a starter was a surprised, and played really well with a team that wasn’t expected to win a game in 2017. And if you look through McCown’s career, he’s had some really good seasons. He has a strong arm and even can run out of jams to create a positive situation out of a negative. In 2017, McCown threw for 2,926 yards and 18 touchdown passes at 38 years old. His success proves he’s a great mentor for Sam Darnold.
The one surprising thing which puts him so low on this list is his inability to ever finish with a winning season. McCown’s career as a starter is 23-50, despite 97 career passing touchdowns and 78 interceptions.
His career mainly as a backup and his inability to win puts him lower on the list. When he has a chance, he’s played well. But he hasn’t played well enough to be a starter. He’s come in for many injured quarterbacks, and has never played a full season in the NFL. But right now, he wouldn’t be the worst quarterback to have under center.
28 Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars
Plenty of NFL fans want to jump on the Blake Bortles bandwagon after a successful 2017 season, but it may be too early to do so. There’s no arguing that Bortles had the best season of his career. He finished with 3,687 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes, leading the Jacksonville Jaguars to winning the AFC South. In the playoffs, Bortles also helped the Jaguars make it to the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to the New England Patriots. Based on 2017, you would assume Bortles would be much higher on this list. But, what needs to be realized is how Bortles was that successful.
The Jaguars had one of their best rush attacks in team history, led by Leonard Fournette. Fournette finished with 1,040 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns, while missing three games. The Jaguars also had the no.1 ranked defense in the NFL. So, it’s fair to stay that Blake Bortles had a lot of help throughout the season. So, think of it this way; the best Bortles may ever be being with the second lowest touchdown passes in his career, while still throwing double digit interceptions. Bortles may be serviceable, but this team isn’t a legitimate Super Bowl contender until they find a new quarterback.
27 Mitchell Trubisky - Chicago Bears
He was the top drafted quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he may have been the worst of the bunch. The Chicago Bears traded up in the draft to select Mitchell Trubisky second overall, in hopes to start a championship franchise with Trubisky under center. Regardless of the lack of talent he had last season, his statistics were pretty poor for a player with so much praise. In his rookie season, Trubisky went 4-8, finishing with 2,193 passing yards and seven touchdowns. On average, Trubisky didn’t even throw one touchdown a game.
Now, you can’t really judge until this season. The Bears added Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel through free agency, which will be really important in the progression of Trubisky’s career. In 2018, there’s no excuses. He will have a have legitimate deep threats, while having a consistent run game. But you just can’t ignore how he played in 2017, regardless of how he played in college. The most recent play we saw from him wasn’t all that great. But, he does have the potential to be one of the better quarterbacks in this league, which is why he wasn’t ranked down further on the list.
26 Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens
Many fans will read this and disagree stating that Joe Flacco should either be further back in the list, or further up. So, let’s start why he’s why he’s in front of the other quarterbacks on the list. The most important thing is that he has won a Super Bowl. And when they won, he was great all throughout the playoffs. He threw 1,140 passing yards and 11 touchdowns with no interceptions. His incredible postseason allowed him to defeat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in back to back weeks.
When he’s on a roll, he can be one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league. The problem is, we haven't seen a roll in a long time.
Flacco is known for his lack of vocal leadership, inability to take charge, and poor decisions with the football. Throughout his career, every season he has thrown at least 10 interceptions. Some quarterbacks just aren’t smart with the football, and it’s probably a big part why the Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson. Since 2014, Flacco seems to get further and further away from being successful. It may be getting close to the time where the Ravens need to start over with a new quarterback to lead the team: Lamar Jackson.
25 Patrick Mahomes - Kansas City Chiefs
Placing Patrick Mahomes was a tough spot for this list. Because he has barely played in the NFL, it’s really hard to judge where he compares to other quarterbacks. But at the same time, it would be ridiculous to say he’s not as good as some of the mediocre quarterbacks in the NFL. Mahomes still has yet to throw a touchdown pass, even though he’s thrown an interception. Still, it seems that his coaches and teammates feel strongly about his ability to play. And to be honest, everyone should be really excited to see what he looks like playing a full season in the NFL.
At Texas Tech, Mahomes threw for 11,252 passing yards and 93 touchdowns. Mahomes has been compared many times to thrwback 'gunslinger' type quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Tony Romo. One of the biggest critiques he had before he was drafted is his inability to constantly set his feet. Sometimes, Mahomes just wings the football without actually getting set up. This leads to inaccurate passes sometimes, which in the NFL, can become easy interceptions. But he’s had a full season off behind Alex Smith. After a full season of sitting and learning, Mahomes comes in with an offensive unit filled with talented players.
24 Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans
By the end of this season, Marcus Mariota is almost guaranteed to move from this spot on the list. Mariota’s production is either going to dip with new faces on offense, or he’s going to benefit from it. The Tennessee Titans moved forward from DeMarco Murray, but brought in Dion Lewis, who could also help Mariota through the air. The expectations are for Rishard Matthews to improve, and to get Corey Davis more involved in the passing game. It would actually help Mariota if the Titans signed another free agent wide receiver. Which is why you can argue that it’s not his fault that he’s this low on the list; he just needs more help on the offense.
Mariota’s 2017 season also hurt his rankings on this list. In 2016, he played really well, finishing with 3,426 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, while only throwing nine interceptions. But his feel for the ball must’ve been off last season, as he threw only 13 touchdown passes, while throwing 15 interceptions. So far, Mariota has been hit or miss. You don’t really know what you’re going to get out of him each week. He has the potential to be a really good quarterback, but his inconsistencies hold him back.
23 Sam Bradford - Arizona Cardinals
In 2016, he finished with the best completion percentage in a single season in NFL history by a quarterback. But, he’s yet to win more than seven games in a single season, and has yet to play in a playoff game. When Sam Bradford is on the field, he’s one of the more accurate quarterbacks in the game. He can play the football like no other, but he also gets hurt like no other. Through his career, he has only played two full seasons. Injuries have kept him out of the game a lot, which is what ended his 2017 season early.
Surprisingly, the Arizona Cardinals still felt he was worth $20 million for the season. If he could stay healthy, yes, he’s probably worth the money. But it’s a risk not worth taking.
He’s a guy where you truly don’t know what tomorrow brings. Bradford will be a good mentor for Josh Rosen, until he gets hurt, and Rosen gets thrown into the fire. If Bradford could stay healthy, he would be much higher on this list. But in order to be considered successful in the game, you need to win football games, and also be on the field.
22 Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals
Since 2015, Andy Dalton has kind of flown under the radar. He began his career committing a lot of turnovers, but lately, he hasn’t turned the football over as much and his passer rating has been higher. He has the arm strength, but like others, has been inconsistent throughout his career. And maybe it’s because he’s never had the best run game, or the best receiving core. Maybe it's because A.J. Green clicks with him. If you put some more talent around him, Dalton would probably move up a few spots on this list.
But a huge reason why he’s lower on the list, is because of his playoff record. He’s appeared in four playoff games, and his record is 0-4. His statistics through those games? Horrific. He’s thrown one touchdown along with six interceptions. When the pressure is on him, he can’t handle it. The Bengals actually seemed to have a better chance to win a playoff game when A.J. McCarron was playing at quarterback in the playoffs.
Dalton is one of those guys that can play really well in the regular season, but struggles once the spotlight is on him. For four straight seasons, he had won at least 10 games each season.
21 Case Keenum - Denver Broncos
Before 2017, Case Keenum wasn’t even considered a starting quarterback. Now, he’s getting paid $18 million a year and was one of the biggest free agent signings this offseason. Keenum was able to lead the Vikings to win the NFC North, all the way to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. But what a ride it was. Keenum threw for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdown passes, in 15 games. He was able to spread the football all around the field, which made him so effective. And the best part about his season, was the game winning touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs in the Divisional Round with no time left in the fourth quarter to help defeat the New Orleans Saints.
All that sounds great, so why isn’t he higher up on the list? Well, this is the first time we’ve really seen him this good throughout his career. Throughout his career he’s been a backup mainly. There’s still a lot more football that needs to be played to really push him up on the list. But if he continues to play the way he’s played, he will make it up higher. He has incredible arm strength and accuracy, and doesn’t depend on one receiver.
20 Alex Smith - Washington Redskins
If you want a guy that doesn’t turn the football over, Alex Smith is your guy. Since 2010, he hasn’t thrown more than nine interceptions. Sometimes that is really good, and sometimes, it’s not that great. Smith has a quick release and can also spread the football really well, but isn’t the type to take a lot of shorts through the air. As a quarterback, sometimes you need to keep the defense on their toes by throwing it down the field. You need to take shots in a game to succeed, and Smith doesn’t always do that.
Playing cautious is good, until your behind in a game and you really need to make plays. Which is why he hasn’t been very successful in the playoffs.
His playoff numbers are staggering, with 1,745 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes, with only two interceptions. What doesn’t look so pretty, is his 2-5 record. He struggled to get over the hump in Kansas City, which likely played a huge role in him being traded. He’s a talented quarterback who can move the football, but sometimes you need to take some chances. If Smith would be willing to make some plays down the field, he would be a much better quarterback.
19 Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There were high expectations for Jameis Winsotn, but he hasn’t quite met them yet. Winston was expected to be the quarterback to bring the Buccaneers back to the Super Bowl, but instead, he’s lead them to a 18-27 record. The more he throws the football, the better chance it has of getting picked off. Through three seasons, he has yet to throw for under 10 interceptions. Winston has a strong arm, but his inaccuracy is a concern. For a division that’s piling up with defensive talent, it’s going to continue to get tougher for him.
But, there’s also the part to like about Winston. He has so much raw ability. He can get out of the pocket and run with the football. He can make plays on the run, while also making deep throws down the field to Mike Evans. There’s a talented quarterback on that team, but he just tends to make a lot of poor decisions. And those poor decisions have led to Winston's glowing stats being a bit deceiving in relation to his play.
The Buccaneers’ defense needs improvement, and the offense could use one wide receiver. DeSean Jackson played well last season, but this team could use a decent slot receiver, or an improvement at the running back position. But Winston’s questionable decision making skills are what separate him from other quarterbacks.
18 Eli Manning - New York Giants
This is the lowest ranked Hall of Fame quarterback. Eli Manning, the quarterback who was able to defeat Tom Brady twice in the Super Bowl. It seems like he should be higher on the list, right? If you want to talk about legacy, yes, Eli will probably walk away with a good legacy because of his Super Bowl rings and incredible performances in the playoffs. But if you just look at him as a quarterback, there’s a lot better players out there. But, sometimes fans get too caught up in his two victories against the Patriots.
Manning can do a lot between throwing the football down the field, getting out of the pocket, and even making plays out of nothing. And maybe he doesn’t get enough credit, as his offensive line has always struggled throughout his career. But like Jameis Winston, Manning makes a lot of poor decisions. He turns the football over way too much, which many times have led the Giants to struggle. But, this season may be a huge indication on who Manning is as a player. Finally, the New York Giants have the best offensive line and run game that they have had throughout Manning’s career.
17 Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts
When Andrew Luck is on the field, he may be categorized as a top five ranked quarterback. But injuries have really hurt his career, his most recent one being a shoulder injury that held him out of the 2017 season. The injury he suffered could completely change his career. And that isn’t the whole time he’s missed an extensive period, as he missed 11 games in the 2015 season which was also a shoulder injury. If he can’t get his shoulder better, he may not have much longer in this league. And the fact that Josh McDaniels backed out of the position with the Indianapolis Colts doesn’t make it any more motivating to believe that Luck is going to come back healthy.
Because of his health concerns, he's ranked further down on this list then he should be.
Around no. 17, he’s a lot more talented then these players. But, many owners would take the players around Luck because of his shoulder. And Luck’s game may change when he comes back. Will he throw the ball as much? Is he going to continue to run with the football? Who knows. There’s so much uncertainty that is scary for the Colts organization, that may want them to look into another talented backup quarterback.
16 Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. After Prescott lost Ezekiel Elliott for six games, the talks continued about how Prescott was a bust and that he was a one-hit wonder. Through the first eight games of the 2017 season, Prescott had 16 touchdown passes along with four interceptions. He was on pace for over 30 touchdown passes, while still having less than 10 interceptions throughout the season. But the Cowboys also missed Tyron Smith, which was a huge blow to the offense, and there were way too many drops from the receiving corps.
Now, there’s obviously some blame to be put on Prescott. He was inaccurate at times, making poor decisions. But, sometimes pressure gets to you. The football just wasn’t moving as well as with Zeke in the lineup. But people forget, he was great his rookie season. Prescott is going to really excel with a new receiver core that can create separation. If Prescott didn’t have the regression in 2017, he would be much higher on this list. But in 2018, Prescott has a lot to prove. Prescott taking over for the Cowboys could have either been a blessing, or another one of Jerry Jones’ mistakes.
15 Jared Goff - Los Angeles Rams
We’re starting to see the 2016 NFL Draft quarterbacks in full swing. Many people will probably rank Jared Goff in a million different places. Goff was really efficient in 2017, throwing for 3,804 yards, and throwing 28 touchdown passes. The Rams had an offense that could move the football around so smoothly in 2017. They could do everything with one of the best run games, to a solid passing game. But that’s the problem on why it may be too early to jump on the Goff train.
Goff could be playing at such a high level because of the talent and scheme he’s in. In 2016, he wasn’t having anywhere near this type of success.
Goff needs another season to show off that he’s the real deal, and that he’s going to continue to torture defenses in the NFC West. And with adding Brandin Cooks, that may happen.
His accuracy makes him so hard to play against because he doesn’t make a lot of poor decisions. If you were about to look at a NFL SuperTeam, the Rams would definitely be considered one.
14 Kirk Cousins - Minnesota Vikings
The biggest quarterback free agent we have seen in years, made his decision to head to Minnesota. Kirk Cousins, finally has a great opportunity to be a part of a winning team. In Washington, Cousins could play at such a high level, and still manage to lose games because of a mediocre defense and no run game. Cousins was never given the paycheck he deserved, so he decided to move on to a team with a star running back, and a great defense. But the question is, if he’s played so well with a poor team, shouldn’t he be higher?
Cousins is a victim of making poor decisions. Obviously, the Redskins struggled when Cousins needed them most, but Cousins has also struggled throughout big moments, throwing interceptions when there’s an opportunity to win ball games. Cousins hasn’t been able to get over many humps to allow his team to make the playoffs. And maybe playing for a more talented team will take the pressure off of him, but he has to be better in big moments. If he can’t come up when his team needs him, who will? But despite his poor decisions, he has the arm strength to spread the football deep across the field.
13 Jimmy Garoppolo - San Francisco 49ers
Here comes someone who may be the most loved quarterback in 2017. The New England Patriots really messed up, when they traded away Jimmy Garoppolo for a second-round draft pick. Garoppolo has arm strength, accuracy, and seems to look like a pure leader. Throughout Garoppolo’s young NFL career, he has yet to lose. In all of his starts, he’s 7-0. From the moment, he had his first start with the 49ers, he finished the 2017 season 5-0, giving 49ers fans all hope for this team to succeed. And this team isn’t a loaded offense, it’s a team that won only one game before Garoppolo was playing.
His statistics may not show it, but Garoppolo is going to be one heck of a player. The only reason he’s not higher on the list is because we’re going based off of the minimal games he’s played so far. The only thing negatively to look at from 2017 is he did turn the ball over more than the 49ers would have liked. But besides that, he looks like a true winner; able to hang in to games, can put a lot of points on the board, and make plays when the team needs him the most.
12 Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans
What a season it would have been to watch if Deshaun Watson was able to play all 16 games. Watson suffered an ACL injury, which ended his season early. But before he got hurt, he was leading the NFL with 19 touchdown passes. And the crazy thing is, that was only through seven games. Many other players actually said that they haven’t seen another player like Watson in their career. His ability to use his legs and run like a running back, while also throwing deep down the field in unbelievable. Seeing Watson succeed was an exciting thing to watch.
The only thing preventing him from being higher on this list is that there needs to be an encore.
We need to see that he can consistently do this. We’ve seen players like Robert Griffin III that look unstoppable, but then get hurt and their careers seem destroyed. Hopefully, that won’t be the case with Watson. But no one will know until the season starts. The upgrade on the offensive line should definitely help him, but they may want to add another wide receiver. If the Texans can land Dez Bryant, they would really set up Watson to become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
11 Derek Carr - Oakland Raiders
A lot of people tend to forget that Derek Carr looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. In 2016, Carr threw 28 touchdown passes with only six interceptions. And if Carr never got hurt, there’s a good chance the Raiders would have another Super Bowl championship right now. And maybe it’s the injury that caused Carr to struggle in 2017. But this Raiders team just didn’t look very good last season. Everything from the run game, to Carr’s passing attack, to the defense just wasn’t clicking.
But, you can’t forget about the success Derek Carr has had. This was a Raiders team with no hope, and out of nowhere, Carr makes this team look like Super Bowl contenders. And this season, he has the most talented team of his years. They improved the offensive line, added Doug Martin, and also added wide receiver talent. While they lost Michael Crabtree, they added both Martavis Bryant and Jordy Nelson. Don’t put it past Carr to throw for at least 30 touchdown passes this season. This is going to be a bounce back season that not only will have fans raving about Carr, but wanting to jump on the Raiders bandwagon as they make a deep run into the playoffs.
10 Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers
Superman was just able to break the top 10. There’s times where Newton looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and then there’s times where you just shake your head in disbelief because you can’t believe he’s playing that poorly. If you look at the team’s success and his own success, it seems like a legitimate cycle that every other season Newton and the Panthers play well. So, sometimes Newton looks great, and then there are other times where you constantly see him on highlight reels throwing interceptions and turning the football over.
But, he’s also high on this list for many reasons. His arm is like a gun. He can throw the football quicker than most quarterbacks, and he can spread the field. Because this team doesn’t have a star receiver, he just manages to get the ball moving all over the place. And because of his size, he’s tough to take down, which also allows him to run the football. Because of his ability to run the football, it allows the offensive coordinator to open up the playbook and run a lot of QB draws, and options. So in a sense, Newton’s talent allows him to run an offense that is similar to college teams.
9 Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions
It’s unfortunate that Matthew Stafford plays for the Detroit Lions organization, because if not, he could be a lot more popular, and even have a Super Bowl ring. The Lions organization has been known to not put together a winning team, and some of the organization’s best players have retired because they saw the team didn’t have potential. But Stafford has given this team every chance they can to win with what they have. Stafford has one of the strongest arms in the league, he’s a tough competitor, and he never gives up. There has been plenty of times where the Lions are down and Stafford manages to get the ball in the air to give them a shot.
So many fans and analysts overlook Stafford because of the lack of the team’s success.
If the team isn’t winning, many people are less likely to care about what the team is doing. But, he’s also prone to turning the football over a lot. In recent years, he’s turned the ball over less, but prior to 2013, each full season he played he threw at least 15 interceptions. Stafford is now in his prime, but unfortunately it won’t matter until this team gives him some help.
8 Carson Wentz - Philadelphia Eagles
Many fans reading this are going to be shocked that Carson Wentz isn’t in the top five, but, we’re really basing this off of one season. Wentz is a phenomenal quarterback. He has incredible arm strength, the mobility to not only move around in the pocket, but the ability to run with the football, and also his ability to make difficult throws on the move makes him one of the better quarterbacks in the league. In 2017, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdown passes, with only seven interceptions. Many believed he was so good that he deserved the MVP, but he fell just short.
Wentz has the potential to be a top three quarterback throughout his career. But for now, we can’t assume he’s going to play at this high of a level for the next 10-12 years. And considering the Eagles were still able to win the Super Bowl without their star quarterback, it shows that maybe it’s not Wentz who’s carrying this team. Give Wentz a few more years when this roster isn’t as talented and he can still do the things he was doing, then we can talk top three. But it’s too early to decide.
7 Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons
The 2016 NFL MVP makes it to the list at no. 7. In 2016, Matt Ryan had nearly 5,000 passing yards, and threw 38 touchdown passes. Talk about a quarterback who definitely deserved to be the MVP. He led the Falcons to the Super Bowl, and fell just short as the Patriots came back from down 28-7 to eventually upset Ryan. But Ryan came back from that loss like a champion speaking every night about coming up, etc. Just to bounce off that, Matt Ryan is one of the best competitors out there. He remains a leader and can battle adversity.
Granted, there are times where he makes some poor decisions, but Ryan has built a powerhouse of an offense. Obviously having one of the best receiver corps and a talented running back help, but Ryan has not used that as an excuse to be lazy. He comes out every Sunday ready to win, and he will be back in the Super Bowl eventually. Ryan was pretty close to getting past the Eagles in the divisional round, and they have just been fighters the past few years. It seems like we’re seeing Matt Ryan play in his prime right now, which is scary to think about.
6 Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers is the highest ranked player on this list without a Super Bowl ring. Unfortunately, he’s never had much playoff success throughout his career. Throughout his career, he’s 4-5 in the playoffs, and last made the playoffs in 2013. And in the playoffs, he hasn’t played that great, as he has thrown 11 touchdown passes to nine interceptions. But in the regular season, Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks of this generation. Until he retires, many fans and analysts are going to be rooting for him to win a Super Bowl, although the odds don’t seem to be in his favor.
The Chargers have never put together a team that could win, and if they do, they usually don’t live up to expectations.
For example, the 2017 team was a team that many said could win playoff games, yet they missed the playoffs as they went 9-7. As a 12-year starter, Rivers has only had three seasons where his team has finished with at least 10 wins. He’s been a dominant passer though throughout his career. In nine out of 12 seasons he’s thrown for at least 4,000 yards, including the past five seasons. Rivers is a talented regular season quarterback, that can’t find his way into the playoffs.
5 Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
When NFL analysts speak about the best quarterbacks in the game, many times they forgot to bring up one of the game’s best. That is Ben Roethlisberger, who has been incredible throughout his career. Analysts spend so much time speaking about Tom Brady and his success in the AFC, and Peyton Manning was focused on a lot when he was with the Colts, that they forget how great Roethlisberger is. Throughout his 14 seasons, Roethlisberger has only had one losing season throughout his whole career. And then nine times throughout his career he’s made the playoffs, winning two Super Bowls.
Big Ben is one of the better passers in the game who’s played with a bunch of different players, but has always had constant success. And the best part is that he’s remained pretty healthy throughout his whole career. The only knocks on him are that he does turn the ball over a good amount, and he has a lack of leadership. We have seen sometimes, including an issue with Martavis Bryant, where he’s had drama with his teammate. As a quarterback, you set an example for the rest of the team, and having drama with another player is a terrible example to set. But despite that, Roethlisberger is a guaranteed Hall of Famer.
4 Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson is one of the many quarterbacks in the NFL that doesn’t get enough credit. Before the 12’s and the Seahawks winning teams, this wasn’t a team that was really a big deal. Despite having one of the worst offensive lines in the game, Russell Wilson always makes it work. Being a new generation quarterback, his mobility allowed him to make many defenders miss, and his arm strength allowed him to make some of the most unusual, yet effective passes.
You want to talk about a leader? After Russell Wilson threw an interception to Malcolm Butler on the goal line which led them to lose the Super Bowl, Wilson remained positive. Right after the game Wilson was positive and took responsibility and assured fans that the Seahawks would be back. The Seahawks front office has basically dismantled the team, and there have been no signs of frustration from Wilson. He’s a true leader, and he does whatever it takes for his team to win. If you could take any quarterback in the league right now, Russell Wilson is the best quarterback to take.
3 Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
When you think of the best passers in the NFL, Drew Brees has to ring a bell. He is one of the best passers of all-time, despite being one of the shorter quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s an old school quarterback so he’s not very mobile, but he has an incredible arm that can make throws anywhere on the field. Throughout his Saints career, Brees has never thrown for less than 4,000 yards, and has thrown for over 5,000 yards five times in his career. Brees also threw for at least 30 touchdowns a season for nine consecutive seasons, until this season. Which was great, because Brees understood that if the running game could be as great as it was, this team would only get better.
The only disappointment throughout his career is that he’s only been able to win one Super Bowl.
Throughout his time with the Saints, they haven’t really had a run game, and the defense has always been one of the worst in the NFL.
But now, this Saints team has talent all throughout the team. Even after trading away their top receiver, even as he approaches his 40s, Brees continues to play at a high level. Brees is going to go down as one of the best passers in history.
2 Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
Once you get to the no. 1 and no. 2 spot, there’s so many different opinions about who’s the best in the league. But the decision is made, and Aaron Rodgers is the second-best quarterback in the league. When it comes to talent, Rodgers may very be the best. When you’re down with less than two minutes left to go, there’s nobody you would rather turn to then Rodgers, just ask the Dallas Cowboys. His ability to throw dimes into tight spots and deep passes with perfect accuracy is remarkable. Sometimes when you watch Rodgers, you have to do a double take make sure what you just saw was real.
Now, the reason why Rodgers isn’t the top quarterback on the list is for many reasons. Rodgers doesn’t own the NFC North; he is beatable. The issue, is that he’s only ever won one Super Bowl throughout his career. How is it that a quarterback of that caliber has only won one Super Bowl? Well, he isn’t the best in the playoffs. Some of his statistics aren’t as mind blowing as you would assume; just take a look at the 2014 and 2015 playoffs. Rodgers is physically the best quarterback, but there’s someone else you would rather take on your team.
1 Tom Brady - New England Patriots
Five-time Super Bowl champion. 13-time Pro Bowler. Three-time NFL MVP. Tom Brady is the best overall quarterback in the game. He’s more than just a quarterback, but he’s a game manager (and not in the usual slightly negative sense of the word) who can take over. Nobody can manage the clock better than him, or shine in the spotlight better than he can. In Super Bowl LI, Tom Brady proved to the world that you should never count him out. Down by 25 points, Brady was able to put the team on his back and come back to win in overtime to cement his fifth Super Bowl championship.
Many will argue that Aaron Rodgers is the best, but to be the best, you have to be a winner. Brady has won more Super Bowls than any other quarterback, and also has the most appearances. Brady has more Super Bowl rings himself, than 29 other teams in the league. There’s a reason why they call him the G.O.A.T. IF you could have anyone on your team, there’s no better option than Brady. At the end of the day, you play to win. Nobody has ever had more success in their career than Tom Brady. Love him or hate him, but Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the history of the game.