The NFL Rank ‘Em Up: Final Four QBs

July 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , )

Well, I think I’ve made you wait long enough, time to tackle the big names.  The ones that you’ll absolutely need at least a third round pick or, more realistically, a second rounder to grab.  They’ll consistently give you great performances each and every week.  These are the guys who can win championships for you.

I tried to find an image of Peyton Manning, but this was all I could find. Sweet mustache, though.

Peyton Manning would be a little higher than fourth on this list, if he didn’t have that inexplicably bad spell against New England, San Diego, and Dallas.  He’s starting to get a little older, heading into his 13th season.  He’s never been injured in his pro career, but who’s know how long he can keep that up with that high-speed offense, non-existent running game, and developing offensive line.  I still think that he’s almost a lock for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, I just think that he’s not the best quarterback in the league anymore.

My mancrush on Tom Brady has already been well-established, so I’ll try to describe Brady professionally at #3.  Um…  OK, screw it, fanboy time.  OH MY GOD, TOM BRADY IS THE GREATEST.  He won the MVP Award unanimously last season, he turned Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez into stars, and everybody is saying that Brandon Tate is next on the “future star courtesy of Tom Brady” list.  And what’s really impressive is that he’s this good with a great running game.  Just look at other elite quarterbacks.  Other than Michael Vick (who is practically his own running game), there’s no elite quarterback with as good of a running game as New England’s.  Brady still has at least three good years left in him, and I believe he’ll throw for 8,000 YARDS AND 75 TOUCHDOWNS!!!!  Excuse me, that got out of hand.  Anyway, Brady should have a great season again, barring another injury.  Whew, that got a little scary for a second.

At the runner-up spot is New Orleans QB Drew Brees.  Drew is starting to remind me of Peyton Manning of five years ago.  Consistently throwing for 4,000+ yards and 25+ touchdowns, with an elite receiving corps, and a freshly drafted late-first round SEC running back.  I think that with Mark Ingram on the roster, New Orleans will finally have a good running back that can keep defenses honest, which means that Drew Brees could be even better this season.  That’s a scary thought, but I like Drew’s chances this season.

Yes, Aaron. You won the NFL Rank 'Em Up: Quarterback Edition. Now could you please explain to me the point of that belt?

Which means that my #1 QB on this list is Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.  Simply put, he has the best chance to be the best quarterback in the NFL this season.  A returning Ryan Grant and James Starks mean that defenses have to stay honest most of the time.  A returning JerMichael Finley means that Rodgers will have another yet target in his ever expanding receiver corps.  A newly drafted Derek Sherrod means that Aaron won’t get knocked down as much.  Rodgers is in a very good position, and if it weren’t for the concussion that he got last season, I’d say that he has no downside.  But if you want Rodgers, it will cost you.  You’ll have to give up an early 2nd round pick for Rodgers, if you’re lucky.  But, it could be worth it, if Rodgers turns into the superstar I think he’ll be.

And that’s it for the quarterbacks.  In a few days, I’ll give you the #48-41 running backs in the NFL.

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