The 2013 Edition Of The Real Top 10 Quarterbacks In The NFLFootball, The Fam — By The Fam on August 5, 2013 at 3:00 am
As is custom to this time of year, different media outlets are always trying to figure out how to get the people going as the beginning of another NFL season is about to commence. Ron Jaworski was tabbed to deliver to the masses a comprehensive ranking of the 32 best quarterbacks in the National. Football. League. While we found Jaws’ reviews insightful and thoughtful, once the nitty-gritty of the top 10-15 players in the league were unveiled, there was some real cause for concern.
He’s #2? Did people die and we weren’t told or nah?
He’s #9? Is Jaworski his uncle or nah?
That has to be the wrong rookie on the top 10 list, right?
The time for waiting to create this list could not be delayed any further, and with the help of The Rev, Tinsley and Kenny and Ed, the four set out to determine who truly were the REAL top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL. This is not up for debate, but a debate will probably commence anyway, so let the rankings begin.
10. Robert Griffin III
He’s a passer first who just so happens to be one of the fastest and best athletes on the field, no matter who he’s playing. He also has made the Washington Redskins truly relevant from a competitive standpoint instead of the laughingstock of free agency — or Dan Snyder’s expensive toy.
Why Robert Griffin III Deserves To Be On This List
While my brother from another mother and father Kenny Masenda flat out refuses to put any green quarterbacks on his list (more on this in a bit), I think you have to be almost insane to leave out a player as electric and game-changing as Robert Griffin III. Yes, he suffered a severe injury, something he dealt with at Baylor as well, and yes, his head coach showed a total lack of regard for his future by letting him limp around, but RGIII is everything you want in a field general. First off, he is talented as hell, a truly excellent passer who also can outrun a defense and cause problems with his feet. Second, he’s the perfect leader, a positive guy who always seems to enjoy himself, take command of the situation and put the pressure on himself, not his teammates. And lastly, he has made the Washington Redskins one of the handful of teams you want to watch play on Sundays (or Mondays, or Thursdays, or whatever other day the NFL decides to put games). He’s so good that football fans go out of their way to make sure and catch at least a few of his possessions, injury and crazy coach or not. — @RevPaulRevere
9. Tony Romo
Despite the lack of success in the postseason, Romo consistently puts up numbers — including fourth-quarter numbers! — worthy of mentioning him with Brady, Brees, Rodgers and Manning. Stats aren’t everything, but they are something.
8. Matt Ryan
Justin Tinsley had the nerve to tell me that Matt Ryan had the same amount of playoff wins as Tony Romo, and although it was the complete truth, I could do nothing but laugh at what the man was saying. While I did laugh at the musings of empty Cowboy fandom rhetoric, the real truth stung me right in the face with Ryan. The only thing Ryan has left to do is win the big games. He’s a Pro Bowler, ranks near the top of all the statistical categories and lifted his team into a perennial contender. But really, if he doesn’t win the big games, then none of his accolades will mater. He’ll be nothing more than an afterthought and a punchline, like Tony Romo.
Tony Romo And The World’s Loneliest Bandwagon
Without question the best quarterback Dallas has seen since Troy Aikman, Romo’s put up numbers and (positive) moments capable of earning him a spot on this list. Take the second half of the season last year when Dallas went 5-3. Four of the five wins were orchestrated by game-winning Romo drives. There was the near-miracle comeback on Thanksgiving in RG3′s national coming-out party. There were his two late-game touchdown drives forcing OT against the Saints (eventual three-point loss). Romo (and Dez) was perhaps the the biggest reason the Cowboys were in contention for a division title last season. But then came the three-interception finale in Washington, bringing us back to square one. The biggest detriment against Romo is the fact he’s constantly remembered for his last play from the previous season. — @JustinTinsley
7. Joe Flacco
I’m going to encourage Matt Ryan, Tony Romo and any other really good quarterback who is without a Super Bowl championship to make a statement to the press telling the world that they believe they are “elite.” It’s the buzzword for all quarterbacks and the reason why this list even matters in the first place. A few years ago, Eli Manning told the world that he was elite, and then he won his second Super Bowl. Last year, Joe Flacco pulled an Eli and won a Super Bowl. Maybe saying that you’re elite, and speaking it into existence, is all that matters, because for years Flacco could never make this list. Now, it looks like his place will be pretty secure for the foreseeable future.
6. Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben had a forgettable season in 2012, a season that saw the Pittsburgh Steelers completely go to hell as a football team. It wasn’t like Ben was completely awful. His eight picks were the second-lowest total he’s had in a season in his career. He simply was unable to stay on the field. However, a new season brings a fresh start for a quarterback who is as clutch as any we have the honor of watching play the position, as well as the opportunity to seize back the AFC North from the clutches of the depleted Baltimore Ravens and the steady Cincinnati Bengals. If they are to do that, it will be on the arm and legs of a man who has shown, time and time again, that he has everything it takes to rise to the occasion.
The Logic On Refusing To Crown Rookie QBs
My logic is simple: There are too many good QBs for me to get excited off of a sample size of 16 games and place a QB, the leader of a team, over 10 other players who have a larger sample size and have proven themselves longer. As good astThe Three Buck-a-roos were last season, NONE OF THEM ARE BETTER THAN CAM NEWTON. Yes, that is in all caps because to say they are is absolute foolery. None are better than Cam, and after his historic rookie season, he wasn’t on my list because I truly believed there were 10 QBs better than him even then. With that, I don’t see a time coming when I can crown a rookie QB early unless he plays beyond human comprehension. – @soulonice6