Ranking the Top 5 QBs in the NFL Right Now
Raven's QB Joe Flacco is riding high coming off of his first Super Bowl victory. Last month, the Baltimore Ravens and Flacco defeated San Francisco's vaunted defense. Flacco earned MVP honors and a brand new car. The QBs contract was up after the conclusion of the season and he was expected to be paid like the champion he was. Flacco and the Ravens agreed on Thursday to a 6 yr, $120.6 million deal making him the highest paid player in NFL history.
The word thrown around nowadays when evaluating QBs is elite. Eli Manning came out after his second Super Bowl win in 4 years saying that he is elite. Now Flacco may lay claim to being an elite QB.
So the question remains who are the 'elite' QBs in the NFL right now. It's impossible to create a list of the top 5 QB's without inciting debate. The list will incorporate a QB's play during last season and their value to their current team. So these are your top 5 Quarterbacks in the NFL today.
5. Matt Ryan-Falcons
Matt Ryan has earned the nickname 'Matty Ice' for his calm, cool play. The 5th year QB seldom seems rattled. He consistently steps up when his team needs it most. His yardage and touchdown numbers have improved steadily over the last 3 seasons. Ryan's critics will be quick to mention that the young QB has only earned a single playoff victory since he's come into the league. Of course with any young QB, Ryan is prone to a few duds. But there is no doubt that Ryan is the unquestioned leader of the Falcons and they will go only as far as Ryan will take them.
4. Joe Flacco-Ravens
With his 4 postseason wins on the way to a Super Bowl Championship, Flacco now has 9 playoff victories in his first 5 seasons. Flacco is also the only QB in NFL history with a playoff victory in each of his first 5 seasons. Flacco's regular season play is not necessarily top 5, but he gets a boost from his postseason prowess. Flacco finished with 11 touchdowns and 0 ints during this last playoff run. He ousted Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady from the playoffs all on the road. Flacco may still be considered underrated by some, but the Delaware product is well on his way to taking the NFL by storm.
3. Drew Brees-Saints
It's true that the New Orleans Saints failed to reach the postseason after their 2012 season. But the Saints' slide can't be fully contributed to the play of Drew Brees. Brees threw for over 5,000 yards for the third time in his career. He's the only player to throw for over 5,000 yards more than once. In 2011, Brees shattered the former single season passing record, edging Dan Marion by almost 400 yards. If Brees can throw for over 5,000 yards next season, he'll move into the top 5 for career passing yardage. The numbers Brees has put up during his career are just staggering, and clearly he remains an elite QB in the NFL. There are no signs of Brees slowing down in the near future.
2. Aaron Rodgers-Packers
2011 MVP Aaron Rodgers has proved time and time again that he deserves the respect he gets around the league. The young QB was forced to sit behind Brett Favre in Green Bay when he was first drafted. But Rodgers made the most of every opportunity he has been given since. Rodgers was named MVP in 2011, throwing for an insane 45 touchdowns against only 6 picks. Last season, his numbers took a slight step back. But still, Rodgers had the highest passer rating in the entire NFL. The Packers have made the postseason in 4 straight seasons, including a 2010 Super Bowl victory. It's also noteworthy that Rodgers has succeeded with one of the leagues worst run games. Opponents know the Packers are going to throw the ball, and still Rodgers has made himself a household name.
1. Tom Brady-Patriots
When fans think of NFL QBs, the first name that comes to mind is Tom Brady. Brady is a winner who gets the job done under any circumstances. Brady has already won 3 Super Bowls in just 11 seasons as a starter. He has taken the Patriots to a total of 5 Super Bowls. Brady ranks 9th in NFL history with 44,806 passing yards. The Patriots have only failed to reach the postseason once since Brady became the face of New England (excluding 2008 due to injury). Brady earned MVP honors in 2007 and 2010, throwing for an NFL record 50 touchdowns in 2007 with only 8 interceptions. Any QB in the league would wish to have the playoff and regular season resume that Tom Brady has put together. Clearly, Brady deserves to be the top ranked QB in the NFL right now.
So that's the list, now open for debate. Let us know who you think deserved a spot on the NFL's top 5 QB ranking.