Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after beating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks In the League


Get ready for a serious shouting match in the comments section.  Who are the very best quarterbacks in the NFL?

#10 – Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers

He hasn’t made a Pro Bowl yet but the general feeling is those things are coming for Colin Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers.  He already has five playoff victories in his career and been very productive as both a runner and passer under the tutelage of Jim Harbaugh.  His arrow is pointing way up.

#9 – Joe FlaccoBaltimore Ravens

Nothing about the game of Joe Flacco is flashy.  If not for a few highlight reel throws every game that puts the Baltimore Ravens in position to win, he might be mistaken for a game manager.  With a championship to his names and a long history of playoff success, Flacco deserves his spot on the list.

#8 – Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers

The 2013 NFL season proved that Philip Rivers still ranks among the best in the league.  In reaching his fifth Pro Bowl he guided the San Diego Chargers to a wild card berth and a decisive victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs.  He may often be underappreciated, but that doesn’t discount how good he is.

#7 – Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks

He has no problem taking a backseat to Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks defense, but nobody can deny the impact of Russell Wilson.  His ability to sustain drives, move with his feet and get the ball down the field with accuracy is uncanny.  He does everything the right way and that is why he’s a world champion.

#6 – Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts

Barely two years into his young career and already Andrew Luck may have the reputation as the best comeback quarterback in the NFL today.  The Indianapolis Colts are never out of a game with him on the field and his ability to create plays through the air and on the ground when it counts are lethal.

#5 – Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers

Having taken a backseat to the defense for years, Ben Roethlisberger was called on to carry the Pittsburgh Steelers when they needed him.  He answered the bell with the second highest passing yardage and touchdowns of his career.  A two-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion, he quietly remains a nightmare for defenses to handle.

#4 – Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints

Four seasons going over 5,000 passing yards.  Passing for over 30 touchdowns in six-straight years.  A Super Bowl championship.  What is there left to prove for Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints.  He more than any other player is the singular reason the former bottom dweller has been a contender so long.  There is no higher praise.

#3 – Tom Brady – New England Patriots

Last season wasn’t his best but Tom Brady still managed to do what he always does for the New England Patriots, which is win enough football games to have a shot at reaching the Super Bowl.  Set to turn 37 this year, there is no telling how much further he can go, but given his success to date it’s not a good idea to best against him.

#2 – Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

There really isn’t a thing Aaron Rodgers can’t do on the football field.  He can throw short, intermediate and long with precise accuracy and his mobility allows him to not only avoid blitzers but pick up first downs or touchdowns almost at his leisure.  The Green Bay Packers are simply a different animal with him on the field, and it’s not a friendly one.

#1 – Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos

The proof is in the production.  Peyton Manning had the best season any quarterback has ever hand in 2013, and it’s the second such “best season” of his amazing career.  With the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos he has won five MVP awards, made 13 Pro Bowls, reached three Super Bowls and won a Lombardi trophy.  He is the standard by which all other NFL quarterbacks are measured.

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  • Joshua Giovannone

    This is probably the most accurate list I’ve seen any time recently

    • Erik Lambert

      Glad to hear it, Josh

  • Chad Jensen

    Pretty right on. Can’t disagree with PFM at 1.

  • Travis Crouch

    The only thing I would not but Kaepernick in the top 10 qbs couse he is not a great qb he’s a great runner but had a team that ranked third to last in passing yrds

    • anon76returns

      Yards/pass is a better marker for how good your QB (passer rating is even better yet), and in that measure both Wilson and Kaepernick looked pretty good, though they doubtlessly benefitted from a strong running attack and an abundance of play-action passes.

    • loverpoint

      And passing attempts . THere are 3 things missing from the 49ers offense that would put Kaepernick over that hump . #1 Passing the ball more often, you can’t get completions, yards, TD’s if your Offensive Coordinator does not have a passing game in the playbook and only resorts to using the passing game when the running game stalls on 3rd down . #2 Throwing to RB’s out of the backfield , it is a reliable play that is the bread for many QB’s Stats #3 THe butter of most QB’s stats is a WR that can score from anywhere on the field , a WR that may only have 6 catches during the game but has 150 yards and 2 TD’s.

      If these 3 things exist in the 49ers offense this season then Kaepernick will move up to the top 5 . THe old saying that ; ” You can’t teach an old dog new tricks ” well that is Greg Roman, nothing much changes in his offense.

  • Daniel

    Not much to argue with on this list. I may put Luck ahead of Roethlisberger, but I can’t really build too strong of an argument for that considering the jewelry. Good list.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thank you, Daniel. I see your argument but Luck isn’t quite there yet. Close, but need more playoff success.

  • Michael Rushton

    I might flip Wilson and Rivers and replace Flacco with Ryan but otherwise this seems about right. Also, let’s see if Eli Manning’s season was a fluke due mostly to poor protection and a lack of weapons or if it’s a trend.

    • Erik Lambert

      Eli will jump back onto the list if he rebound. Ryan was right at the edge of getting in but Flacco and Kaepernick are better in the playoffs.

  • joe

    No nick foles? Gtfo.

    • Erik Lambert

      After one season and losing at home in the playoffs? No.

  • loverpoint

    Erick Lambert – ” THere really isn’t a thing Aaron Rogers CAN DO on the football field “. Luckily for the readers of the article their brains fill in the NOT in CAN NOT DO.

    • Erik Lambert

      Innocent type-o. I hope what was meant is implied. As was your misspelling of my name.

      • loverpoint

        Eric, Erik, Erick, they all role off the tongue the same and a person would know whom I am talking about. If they read your sentence out loud it would be confusing to their ears .

        I was not being insulting . Like I said ; our brains often make corrections to implied statements despite spelling or convoluted sentences. The fact that you had Rodgers at #2 told our brains that your statement would be positive .

        • Erik Lambert

          Indeed!

  • trinity

    II agree Peyton is the best, no doubt. I think Cam Newton definitely deserves a spot. I think he has proven to be a top 10 quarterback with very few weapons in his career, and maybe along with kaepernick, i don’t think there is any quarterback more dangerous in the league in terms of athleticism. He’s an amazing playmaker. I’m thinking of this one play last season where he made a play by making seemingly the entire opposing defense miss in failed pursuit of him. He ended up turning a sure sack into a highlight reel play.

    This is just my personal opinion, but I know the perfect way to make room in the list for cam newton. Drop Philip Rivers. You mentioned he’s underappreciated. He’s another Tony Romo. Long career likely getting close to the end. Nice numbers with absolutely zero to show for it in terms of winning. Talented losers with a penchant for throwing the ball to the opposing defense at the worst possible moments. But he’s not exactly like Romo. no, he has a penchant for whining that is all his own. Completely overrated to me.

    • Erik Lambert

      I understand a lot of people hate Rivers. It can be justified at times, but the guy has had too much success to be left off the list. Five Pro Bowls. Four playoff victories. Playing with a torn ACL in the AFC championship. Love him or hate him, he earned his spot.

      • trinity

        I respect your opinion, but definitely disagree. I don’t feel one way or another about the pro bowl. It’s nice, I just don’t think about it even when I’m considering the players I do like. The playoffs. His playoff victories don’t change my mind, because if you consider all the wins, you also have to consider the losses and the times he didn’t even get there. Also in my opinion, you have To also consider performance. In his few victories, there were times where he didn’t perform impressively and one could even argue that a couple of those victories came in spite of him. Check out his stats in the playoffs. Now this could be forgiven if he had a ring, or at least played in the superbowl. Hasn’t happened, and honestly I don’t see it happening.

        Personally, my top 10 are the 4 elite, vets who have won the ring (rothliesberger, flacco), and the new generation knocking on the door of elite (luck, Newton, kaepernick, and Wilson). Rivers is on the outside looking in with Romo, and they’re both behind Eli and Matt Ryan as well.

        • scott steven

          Rings are won by TEAM PLAY. Montanas 49′s the best all around team in history won 4 superbowls with Montana at the helm. He goes to KC where he DIDN”T win the superbowl made the playoffs though. A new QB left-hander came in and won the superbowl with the team Montana had. Just because a Qb never won a SB or SB yet doesnt drop his stock as a QB. Marino never won a ring but by far he was better than most of the Qbs whose TEAMS WON A SB

          • trinity

            Yes, rings are won with team play. But every single team has a leader, and the quarterback position is the most important on the field. Some teams have leaders that can lift them to a different level. And some teams have quarterbacks like Philip Rivers who have failed to do so even despite the nice numbers.

          • scott steven

            remember his coach was Norv turner. When Elway had dan reeves he didn’t win a superbowl until he got a offensive minded passing coach and a good team around him the rest is history. look at seattle this year their defense won them the game holding the #1 offense in history to 8 points. U cant tell me Wilson is an elite Qb who won the game for seattle. another reason who won the SB MVP wasn’t Wilson either?

          • trinity

            Stop making excuses. Norv turner? Everyone has seen with their own two eyes Philip Rivers lose games he should have won because of his own mistakes and failure to execute at the worst possible moments. His late game interceptions aren’t due to his coach. Norv wasn’t out there throwing the ball to the other team. Those moments, very simply, were Philip Rivers fucking up.

            As for Russel Wilson, again, you’re just grasping at straws trying to justify the failure of Philip. Nobody has said that Russel Wilson is elite. What he is, is a very young player still figuring out the game who has shown flashes of brilliant playmaking, and who has already accomplished more than Philip Rivers likely ever will. And yes I say that with Philip Rivers numbers in mind, because tell me what those numbers have gotten Philip? Exactly, not a damn thing.

          • scott steven

            like I said I’m a bronco fan since 1960 i hope rivers does screw up when he plays us. Our QB is number 1 on this list moved up from 3 last year to 1 this year

          • trinity

            Yeah, Peyton is the best, no doubt about it.

          • Mike DeWitt

            Trinity, i usually don’t stoop this low, but you are an idiot if you want to hold one bad season in a ten year career to define a qb, a year in which he literally ran for his life on every play. He’s a pocket passer, look it up, yeah pocket passers require a pocket. Put Manning under the same duress and watch what happens. geez, learn the game before you flap your lips about something you know nothing about.

          • trinity

            Hurling personal insults is a sign of a weak argument. Are you going to sit there and say that what I’m saying is false? That he has not made mistakes that were all on him that cost him games that he should have won? That his postseason performance (when he gets there that is) has been underwhelming? I’m not saying anything that we all haven’t seen with our own eyes, and yes I mean his career overall, not one year. I challenge you to provide absolute proof of me being wrong. I’ll wait.

      • powderBLUE801

        I couldn’t agree more. And not cuz I’m a bolt head but he has earned his top ten for sure.

        • scott steven

          I’m a Bronco fan since 1960 and yes rivers does deserve his spot. He always gives our broncos all they can handle at least twice a year the bolts even beat us in Denver last year congrads rivers.

          • powderBLUE801

            Your a classy guy Scott. Even tho we are big rivals and I dislike Denver I have to give it up to manning and what he has done for you guys. As long as manning is in crush orange you guys will be the team to beat in the AFC west!! But you did make a good point and as long as we have rivers don’t ever count us out.

  • TapDogsDad

    I’d put ARod on top with Payton around 5 or 6.

  • John Huey

    Cutler?!?! I know everyone’s think that Kaepernick is the flavor of the month but his stats are average at best, given the things Cutler has had to go through in his career, No line, No offense, no Coach, id love to see a Flacco or a Kaepernick go through these things and still be on the list?Cutler has all the tools to be a top 10 QB and given what he’s been through, I Think Jay is a top 10 QB!

    • Erik Lambert

      I agree that it always hasn’t been fair for Jay but I can’t let that cloud reality. He has one season of over 4,000 yards passing, one playoff win and a lot of interceptions to go along with nagging injury problems. That is too much to put him in the top ten.

      • aelder027

        Alex Smith?

      • John Huey

        Fair enough but please Erik revisit this at the end of the year, Jay has what it takes and with a coach that actually tAilor the offense to his strengths and doesnt play offense with defense people are going to see Jay Cutler have a huge year,, I’m not saying he’s a brady brees manning or Rodgers but he should be high on that second tier of QB.

  • Jay

    Is correct grammar not a requirement for being a journalist anymore? :”There really isn’t a thing Aaron Rodgers can do on the football field”. Means: there isn’t anything he can do on the football field. Kap at #10? wasn’t it enough that he lost the game for the 49ers

    • Erik Lambert

      Is the world such a terrible place that a guy can’t be forgiven for a minor typographical error?

      • powderBLUE801

        Nope everyone that is complaining have never made a mistake. Lol. The hell with them bro just keep doing your thing. I don’t always agree with your thoughts on football but I do enjoy reading your articles.

        • Erik Lambert

          Appreciate that, PB801.

          • http://www.theunderstandingapp.com Kevin Osborne

            Never defend your writing. “Yep, sorry,” closes the door. Cliches tend to be used incorrectly because we are over familiar with them. If you are willing to utilize hackneyed phrasing why is the public supposed to care? Read, not magazine/newspaper writing, but classics. They reveal a wider field. Take the time to say it from your perspective, not something that has been in print since before Ring Lardner was born (who never used a cliche that I can remember). Aim higher.
            Good luck!

  • Timmy21

    Ben at #5? No Fuckin way. Hes not even a top 8 QB

    • Erik Lambert

      Two rings. Two Pro Bowls. Coming off one of his best seasons in which he carried what was otherwise a pretty bad Steelers team to just missing the playoffs. I think he deserves his spot.