“Q-MEN: FIRST CLASS”

Posted: August 23, 2011 in NFL FOOTBALL

"Q-MEN: First Class"

Recent comments by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has sparked several debates on who are the top QB’s in today’s NFL. Just in case you did not hear, in a recent interview Manning stated that he is in the same class (skill level) as New England’s Tom Brady. Reading these comments, I presented a question of the day: “WHO ARE THE TOP 10 QB’s IN THE NFL?”
Different fans chimed in, and not one had Eli even in their Top 7. I personally had him ranked at #10. After a few more level-headed, Giants fans commented, I realized that 99% of our opinions had a few major FLAWS. 1. Only one response had Ben Roethlisberger in the Top 10. I completely left him off my list. That is absolutely insane to admit. And..2. Eli Manning was #10 (on my list) and not even on the majority of our lists. I quickly realized that we were judging him out of anger. We were so disappointed by such a comparison that we “black-balled” him off our lists. Our parents have always taught us to think before we speak, but we responded quickly and without thought.

So I would like to reexamine this thought by posing the question…WHO ARE THE TOP ECHELON OF QBs IN THE NFL?

First I had to think about how we measure greatness in sports. Is it by the amount of RINGS? Is it STATS? Is it CONSISTENCY? Or maybe LONGEVITY? I think each of these areas play a part, but also should have a different level of importance. With that in mind, I put together who I feel are the “HEAD OF THE CLASS” when it comes to
being the Field Generals in the National Football League. I’d like to call my list “Q-MEN: FIRST CLASS”.

8. ELI MANNING

Our problem when it comes to rating athletes is that we have a Janet Jackson mentality. Everything is “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?” After looking at last years stats, we forget about the leadership he showed in his Super Bowl MVP year. Even more, we forget that he went toe-to-toe with the undefeated NEW ENGLAND giant, led by Tom Brady, twice and looked like the best QB on the planet twice. I know we try to give all the credit to the Giants Defense, but if defense, and defense alone, won Championships, the Jets and Steelers would win every year.

7. MICHAEL VICK

No RINGS…no broken RECORDS…no MATTER. One year removed from prison, and Michael Vick has already made us believers again. If he did lose any speed or arm strength in his down time, I can’t tell. Our previous complaints about Vick were that “he can’t lead his team to a comeback victory” and “he can’t play in cold weather”. Well, playing in Philly and scoring 28 points in less than 8 minutes against the Giants killed both of those arguments. If that’s what prison does to you, being a Tampa Bay fan, I would love to see Josh Freeman get locked up for 12-18 months. Even the most ardent dog-lovers have to be salivating at what this guy can do on the field.

6. PHILIP RIVERS


Don’t let the team record fool you, Philip Rivers puts in WORK.  But he can’t do it all. I’ve watched several games where he has gone out and put his team in a position to win, only to be let down by a fragile defense and suspect coaching. Rivers’ career passer rating of 97.2 is second-best all-time among NFL quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passing attempts. To put it even more in perspective, he has accomplished this in the midst of losing valuable weapons year after year. His major flaw that he can BLAMED for is his big mouth. He gets “lost in the shuffle” because every year he starts beef on the field with some kicker or Rookie quarterback. If Rivers wants to be considered one of the “TOP DOGS” he has to start acting like it.

5. BEN ROETHLISBERGER


Forget the off-field issues, “Big Ben” is a winner. Yes, Pittsburg always has a solid Defense, but remember my argument for Eli Manning? The man has multiple rings, and plays with a “grinding” style that fits the city he represents. I honestly am expecting him to jump on defense one day and plow through an opposing QB. There is no “QUIT” in this guy. You never see him on the sidelines scratching his head over a bad decision. He just waits for the opposing team to make a mistake, and capitalizes. In the world of QBs, Ben is a TANK, and no matter how much we criticize, he keeps moving forward.

4. AARON RODGERS

For the past 2 seasons, Rodgers has been the model that we all want for our team’s QB. He has the highest career passer rating among NFL quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passing attempts. He has been a “GOLD MINE” for Fantasy Football leagues. And last season he pulls completely out of the Brett Favre shadow with his first Super Bowl ring. Rodgers’ path to success should be the blueprint for every NFL Rookie. He was able to learn and grow at a steady pace, without the pressure of having to be “The Man”. You never heard about him requesting for a trade, or whining about playing time. Hejust sat back, observed, and learned. Now, he is as solid as they come at his position.

SIDE NOTE: The order of the Top 3 spots is debateable, but this is my COUCH SPORTS EXPERT opinion.

3. TOM BRADY

The New England Patriots are the “New York Yankees of the NFL”, and it’s all thanks to Coach Bill Belichick and THIS GUY. (If coaching alone could win Championships, Bill Parcels and Tony Dungy would have many more Super Bowls) If you are making premature Super Bowl picks, the Patriots are always a safe and easy bet, as long as they have Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. He has played in
four Super Bowls, winning three of them. He has also won two Super Bowl MVP
awards. His career postseason record is 14–5. He also helped set the record for
the longest consecutive win streak in NFL history with 21 straight wins over two
seasons (2003–04), and in 2007 he led the Patriots to the first undefeated
regular season since the institution of the 16-game schedule. He, along with Joe
Montana, are the only two players in NFL history to have won multiple NFL MVP
and Super Bowl MVP awards. Brady holds numerous regular season and postseason
records, including: most touchdown passes in a regular season (50); highest
touchdown-to-interception ratio in a single season (9:1); highest single-game
completion percentage, regular season or postseason (26/28, 92.9%); most
consecutive pass attempts without an interception (339, still active); most consecutive regular-season home wins (28, still active); highest winning percentage of any quarterback ever during his first 100 starts (76 wins); most completions in one Super Bowl (32); and the longest streak of games with 3 or more touchdown passes (10 games). most career completions in Super Bowl history (100); I’m done.

2. DREW BREES

When I hired on to my current career path, someone told me a valuable rule that I use often. He said, “MEN lie…and WOMEN lie…but NUMBERS don’t lie.” I deliberately took extra time
pointing out Brady’s accomplishments, only to inform you that given the same amount of seasons, but 10 less games, Drew Brees’ stats eclipse Brady’s in EVERY AREA, except “Career TD’s” and “Passer Rating” (slightly) and “Super Bowl Wins”. You have to give Brady his props for the rings, but if you ask me if Brees can make up 26 TDs in 10 games and improve his QB Rating….my answer is “DEFINITELY”. Plus, remember my argument about the “fragile defense” and “suspect coaching” that Rivers has had to bare, well, Brees played half his career under the same conditions. Not to mention, he then went to a Saints team that was broken spiritually and physically (the city) He has completely made us forget about the days when Saints fans wore paper bags on their head.

1. PEYTON MANNING

The following statement by Tom Brady, about Peyton Manning, says it all:
“To me, he’s the greatest of all time. He’s a friend of mine, and someone that I always watch and admire, because he always wants to improve, he always wants to get better, and he doesn’t settle for anything less than the best. So, when you watch the best and you’re able to learn from the best, hopefully that helps me get better.”

Again, the numbers don’t lie. He has reached every milestone in his career faster than anyone in the history of the NFL.  He is the only QB that I’ve ever watched go up to the Line, completely analyze the opposing Defense, and call the perfect play every time. He is the “Poster Boy” of the position. Fifteen to twenty years from now, we
will be searching for the “next Peyton Manning”.

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Comments
  1. […] the 2011 NFL season started, I decided to do a piece called “Q-MEN: FIRST CLASS“. My decision was sparked by comments made by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. In a […]

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  3. Tre says:

    Manning will be considered the G.O.A.T. by the time his career is over. Not a Colts fan, but I must give props where props are due.

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