Power Ranking the NFL’s 10 Best Quarterbacks

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The NFL is a league for quarterbacks, and that’s why you need an elite (or at least a decent) quarterback to have success.

People try and rank quarterbacks and their value all the time, considering tons of factors, such as accuracy, decision-making, team success, playoff success and other factors. There are some elite, some good, some decent, some mediocre, some poor and some horrible quarterbacks, and all of those guys make up the NFL.

But which are the best of the best? Here are the 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Honorable Mentions

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Luck threw 18 interceptions in his rookie season, but received serious Rookie of the Year consideration and took a team deprived of talent to the playoffs. Winning 11 games is hard to do, and throwing for 4,374 yards is also difficult. However, Luck did both things. Luck isn’t a top 10 quarterback yet, but he will be soon.

Eli Manning, New York Giants

Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, but he ranked 14th in passer rating in 2012 while throwing 15 interceptions. Manning has stepped up in the playoffs, but in the regular season, he has struggled. Manning’s interception total and passer rating keep him out of the top 10, but he is a great quarterback.

10. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

While RGIII had a great rookie season, there are still lots of doubters that believe the Redskin quarterback will fail.

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles during the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

In his rookie season, Griffin posted a 102.4 passer rating and was only intercepted five times, both placing him among the elite quarterbacks. No quarterback that threw over 265 passes had less picks than Griffin, and among qualifying starters, Griffin’s passer rating was third in the league.

The Redskins went 10-6 and won the NFC East, which was a huge accomplishment for the Redskins. Griffin dominated in 2012 and protected the ball, but he also threw for 20 touchdowns. While the star partially tore his ACL in the playoffs, he should be ready to go for 2013, especially because he is ahead of schedule.

There are doubts about Griffin’s health, but I think he can stay healthy and improve significantly in 2013. Griffin will never reach the level of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but he can continue to climb the ranks and succeed.

Next year, Griffin could be higher on this list, if he can recover from his injury. He is a running quarterback with high injury risk, but also a talented quarterback. We’ll see how things play out for Griffin in the future, but for now, he is a top 10 quarterback.

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  • Hawkman54

    Great list- I would swap P Manning and Rodgers though at this point in boths career.

  • Hawkman54

    Great list- I would swap P Manning and Rodgers though at this point in boths career.

    • Baily Deeter

      Thanks! You could make a case for that but Peyton is smarter and IMO more accurate. Thanks for the read and comment!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rodney-Guidry/100002681142018 Rodney Guidry

    Drew Brees has surpassed 5000 yards 3 years in a row. He definitely had an off year for him without Sean Payton around. Look for him this year coming to be even better with Sean back. He should be back as the # 1 QB in the NFL. You can book it. Who Dat!!!!

    • Baily Deeter

      I’m not sure about that, but he’s definitely top 5. I bet he’ll past Brady, who is clearly on the decline, very soon.

      • unclealfie

        “Clearly on the decline”? I’d like to see you support that statement.
        Peyton’s playoff record is 9-11, Brady’s is 17-7. That says it all

        • Baily Deeter

          It really doesn’t. First off, $9 million a year isn’t enough for a top-flight QB, and that’s what Brady’s being paid. Brady was outside of the top 5 in passer rating and 10th in completion percentage. He was 8th in yards per passer attempt. These stats aren’t exactly Brady-like, and that says it all to me. I could have even put him 4th.

          • unclealfie

            So, if his salary isn’t the highest, he can’t be the best? That’s ridiculous as well as overly simplistic reasoning. There are other considerations involved in Brady’s pay package and he’s been known to take less in order to obtain and pay teammates, something manning wouldn’t do in a million years.

            Trivial statistics doesn’t impress me, either. The only statistic that means anything in the NFL is how many super bowls you’ve won.
            Ask Dan Marino.

          • Baily Deeter

            No, that’s not what I mean. I mean that Flacco is getting paid $11 million more annually than Brady, and I’d much rather be paid Flacco’s salary than Brady’s salary. I’m pretty sure Manning would take a pay cut.

            Brady hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2005. Who has more Super Bowls since the 2005 season? Has Brady done well in his last four playoff games? 60.2 percent, 2-2, 6 TDs, 5 INTs.

          • unclealfie

            You’re repeating the same argument I neutralized in your last post, saying Flacco is better because he’s getting more dollars in his current contract than Brady.

            Now, you’re only counting SBs since 2005? That’s like saying a baseball player’s a 400 hitter, (but only if you only count his last 100 at bats). Totally meaningless.
            And, trust me, you have no idea what a contract involving millions of dollars looks like. It could run into the hundreds of pages. Before I retired as an attorney, I handled them routinely. Since you don’t know what else is in the contract, its ridiculous to compare them based on money alone.

            If Brady had the Ravens receivers or the giants defense, he’d be 5-0 in SBs. Maybe you should restrict yourself to writing only about Ravens, I’m sure they’d agree with you on Flacco.

          • Baily Deeter

            You also have to
            factor in the tuck rule, which is one Super Bowl and an ENTIRELY different career. Brady screwed up against the Giants, and managing 14 and 17 points is on him. Brady’s throws were off in SB 46; his WRs were fine. Brady’s had a lot go his way, and when he lost the big one, it was ALL on him.

          • unclealfie

            The “tuck rule”? WTF are you talking about? THAT WAS THERULE IN THE NFL! Why on Earth would you have to factor that one play in assessing Brady’s, what, 10 year career? That’s an absolutely ridiculous argument.

            Brady didn’t “screw up” vs. the Giants. The Pats were beat by a combination of Giants’ defense/pass rush and superior receivers.
            Have to noticed that football is a team sport? Unless a QB has an absolute meltdown, you cannot blame a loss on him, especially a 1-3 point loss.

            “Brady’s throws were off”? 27 of 41, 276 yards, 2 TDs against that defense? That statement alone tells me that you’re simply a hater.

            Its clear to me now that you have no business writing this column or anything that’s not about you personal favorite teams. You are flat out wrong to not include Brady, a sure fire first round HOFer, in the top 10 QBs in the league is absurd.
            I’m not wasting any more of my time on you. This conversation is over.

          • Baily Deeter

            If football is a team sport, why should Manning be blamed for all of this? Brady struggled in both Super Bowls vs the Giants and managed 13 offensive points against the Rams. Brady and Manning are about even in career achievements, and Manning is better now.

          • Baily Deeter

            Also, I put Brady third in my list, ahead of Brees, Ryan, Wilson, Flacco, Roethlisberger and other good QBs.

  • [email protected]

    LOL…..somehow you failed to include Manning’s playoff record…..somehow….

    • Baily Deeter

      It’s because he has a Super Bowl ring and has also poor performances around him. Playing in 20 games is pretty good, if you ask me.

  • http://twitter.com/ILoveVans_Dummy The Big Al Show

    It’s crazy how this guy looks for reason y Flacco does belongs on this list he has a whole bunch of shoulda coulda woulda instead of stating what really happened. The hate is real!

    • unclealfie

      Regardless, flacco is not a big time QB yet.

      • Baily Deeter

        I think he is in the playoffs. He’s similar to Eli Manning, but not good enough.

    • Baily Deeter

      He is an above-average QB and while he is WAY overpaid he isn’t bad.

  • Brian W

    The Peyton manning #1 is a joke he is great and all but he played the softest schedule in the NFL. The only losses he had came against the only good teams he played. His playoff record is horrible. Payton manning love is way overboard. This list fails on him being #1. The smartest ever right? So why throw Picks to end the game? I mean this guy is the #1 choker on this list.

    More accurate? yes maybe in Completion Percentage but also throws alot more INTS then Rodgers. This list is biased imo.

    • Baily Deeter

      He actually didn’t play the softest schedule. Denver actually was supposed to have the league’s 2nd hardest schedule, and they still played good teams like NE, BAL, HOU, ATL, CIN and NO, while also playing mediocre teams like CAR and TB. Manning is a great QB who is a Super Bowl MVP and has played in 20 playoff games. Just watch in 2013.

      • unclealfie

        Both mannings are way, way overrated, peyton more than the other goober. I really don’t get the manning worship of the national sports media. Peyton’s playoff record is 9-11, Brady’s is 17-7. That says it all.

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    What have P Manning and Brady done lately?? Nothing but sit home and watch..Especially Manning! like they said “He’s the best REGULAR SEASON QB ever”

    • Baily Deeter

      Not exactly. Manning’s teammates have struggled and he still threw for 3 TDs and about 300 yards against Baltimore. I’ll let his 2013 performance do the talking.

  • unclealfie

    And how many SBs has the “best QB in the league” won? That would be one. How many without big PI calls going his way in the AFC championship, that the league later admitted were incorrect? That would be none.

    • Baily Deeter

      How many with Rahim Moore doing his job, I’d think two. He isn’t a bad playoff QB. Manning made some great throws and got Indy back from down 21-3 against NE, and he deserved that ring.