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 Flacco – Baltimore 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.