Aaron Rodgers is the best Quarterback in the NFL as we approach the 2012-2013 season. Rodgers was the league MVP last year and the year before that he led his Green Bay Packers to the Superbowl, the organizations first Superbowl victory in a little under 2 decades. He was also that Superbowl’s MVP. Last season he threw for 5,000+ yards and he did not even play the last game of the season. His team fell short in the post-season by losing to the New York Giants in double-overtime.
When it is all said and done Tom Brady will not just be a first ballot Hall-Of-Famer but he will also be considered one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all-time. In the 2010-2011 season he was the NFL first MVP to get the award from a unanimous vote. In the 2011-2012 season he led his New England Patriots to represent the AFC in the Superbowl, his 5th Superbowl appearance. Tom Brady threw for 5,000+ yards with a thin receiving core, considering that his number one receiver is a tight end.
Ben Roethlisberger is the most underrated Quarterback in the NFL yet he has 2 Superbowl rings from 3 Superbowl appearances. He has played through more injuries than imaginable. In his time as a Steeler the offense as shifted to run-first to pass-first and he adapted with no problem. He has grown to be a great leader and has almost cemented the Pittsburgh Steelers as spot in the playoffs yearly.
Eli Manning is the reigning Superbowl MVP. Last season he said he was an elite Quarterback and everyone laughed at him then he proved he was elite when he willed his New York Giants to the playoffs, carried his team to the Superbowl, and led them to a second victory over Tom Brady in the Superbowl.
Drew Brees led the pack of Quarterbacks who broke Dan Marino‘s long standing record by throwing 5,000+ yards last season. Drew Brees led his New Orleans Saints to an astounding 13-3 record. Drew Brees and his offense has caught a lot of flack for only truly being able to perform like an elite Quarterback when he’s playing in the New Orleans Superdome or in warm weather.
Matthew Stafford was looking like a bust for his first two years in the NFL due to various injuries but last year was his breakout year. Last year Matthew Stafford showed he can one day be elite by throwing for 5,000+ yards and carrying his Detroit Lions to the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. People undermine Stafford’s talent because he has by far the best Wide Receiver in the NFL in Calvin Johnson but the truth of the matter is Calvin Johnson has always been great but not until Stafford joined the Lions and got healthy did the Lions become relevant.
Phillip Rivers is definitely a great Quarterback but he has never lived up to his abilities. Rivers and his San Diego Chargers always go through losing streaks every season but there is no denying that Phillip Rivers has one of the best arms inn the NFL. Losing his go to receiver in Vincent Jackson might hurt Rivers in the 2012-13 season.
Jay Cutler may have the strongest arm in the NFL since Brett Favre. Jay Cutler is often swept under the rug and forgotten because since being with the Chicago Bears he has never had anything close to an elite Wide Receiver but now the Bears have acquired Cutler’s former go to Receiver from his Denver Bronco days, Brandon Marshall. From the three years Cutler has been a Bear he led the team to a NFC Championship game and last year he led them to a 7-3 record before getting injured.
Michael Vick is probably the most skilled Quarterback in the NFL because of his speed and his strong arm. After a stint in prison Michael Vick played the best season of his career in 2010-2011 but he missed a lot of games in the 2011-2012 season due to injury. I am expecting Vick to lead his Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs.
Joe Flacco is the only Quarterback in NFL history to start and win at least one playoff game in all four of his first four seasons in the NFL. The year before Flacco was on the Baltimore Ravens they went for 5-11 so all of his success is not based solely upon the great Ravens defense and soon as Flacco got there they flipped it and had an 11-5 record.
He’s Back! Probably the best Quarterback since Joe Montana is back after having four neck procedures. Everyone is putting him in their lists of the best players in the league but someone coming off of four neck procedures cannot be put on such a platform until we see him perform with a defense attacking him. Peyton Manning now being in a Denver Broncos jersey will be an odd sight for me especially after they had such a terrible Quarterback last year but I am excited to see if #18 is still great.