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: February 10, 2013, 12:10:11 AM



NFL quarterback rankings

 By Tom Jones, Times Staff Writer
 In Print: Sunday, February 10, 2013



tom jones' two cents

Every year at this time a week after the NFL season we rank the starting quarterbacks of all 32 teams.

The rankings aren't based just on statistics. They aren't based just on victories. They're based on, well, statistics and victories, as well as intangibles that can't be fully explained.

The Ravens' Joe Flacco moves up on our list, and the Panthers' Cam Newton drops a bit. Star rookies Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III, as well as new starter Colin Kaepernick, debut high on the list.

Remember, we are ranking just the starters, so Alex Smith of the 49ers, who is probably better than half the QBs listed here, doesn't qualify because he is a backup. You also won't find Tim Tebow, another backup.

So here we go





1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

No double check needed. He's still the best QB in football, and he has the QB rating to prove it.




2. Tom Brady, Patriots

He's 35 and hasn't won a Super Bowl since he was 27. He's 7-7 in his past 14 postseason games, but come on, he remains arguably the best QB in football and football history.



3. Eli Manning, Giants

He had a bit of a down season, but Eli's game is not often measured by sheer numbers. If you have a big drive in a big game, you'd want Eli at QB. Just see his two Super Bowl wins.




4. Drew Brees, Saints

He is the NFL's most prolific passer. He led the league in yards and TD passes last season. Uh, he also tied for the lead in interceptions with 19.




5. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Health is an issue, but he's still one of the best playmakers in football. And let's not forget that he has three Super Bowl appearances and two rings.




6. Joe Flacco, Ravens

He has moved from good to great with this year's Super Bowl MVP performance. He already has proven to be one of the better postseason QBs of his generation.




7. Peyton Manning, Broncos

He had an amazing comeback season after missing 2011. But a loss in his first playoff game again raises questions about his postseason abilities. In 20 playoff games, he's 9-11 with 21 interceptions.





8. Matt Ryan, Falcons

A terrific regular-season QB, he finally got over the hump of winning a playoff game. He is almost unbeatable at home.





9. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers

He has a Super Bowl appearance after only 10 starts and a scary good throwing-running combination.





10. Andrew Luck, Colts

He had a superb rookie season. Prediction: He will be the top QB from the class of 2012.





11. Robert Griffin III, Redskins

No question he's a special talent, but can he stay healthy over the long haul?





12. Russell Wilson, Seahawks

A surprise starter in 2012, he led the Seahawks to the playoffs with an 11-5 record. He threw 26 TD passes and only 10 interceptions.





13. Matt Schaub, Texans

He has strong numbers, but some still question whether he is a real winner and will ever lead the Texans even as far as the conference title game.





14. Josh Freeman, Bucs

He set career marks in 2012 for TD passes and yards. He ended up with 27 TD passes and 17 interceptions, though eight picks came in two awful games. Overall, it was his best pro season.





15. Sam Bradford, Rams

I might have him ranked a little higher than most, but that's how much I believe in Bradford's talent. He needs to work on accuracy, but I believe he will one day be among the top 10 QBs in football.





16. Tony Romo, Cowboys

He still takes too many risks, and as a result, he hurts his team as much as he helps it. He threw a league-high 19 picks. Oh, he's 17-21 in his past 38 starts.





17. Cam Newton, Panthers

A spectacular rookie season was followed up by a sophomore slump. However, he did rally late in the season, winning five of the final six games with 10 touchdown passes and only two interceptions, along with four rushing touchdowns. That proved he still has the makings of an elite QB.




18. Jay Cutler, Bears

I still question his leadership and decision-making in pressure situations. He has 100 interceptions in 93 regular-season starts. He has skills, but if I had one game to win, I wouldn't want Cutler as my QB.





19. Andy Dalton, Bengals

I'm still not sold on Dalton. He's 19-13 as a starter and has guided the Bengals to two playoff appearances, but he doesn't have too many signature wins on his resume and hasn't looked good in the postseason: two losses, no TD passes, four interceptions.





20. Matt Stafford, Lions

Bet you didn't know Stafford had more completions than any QB in 2012. Then again, he also threw the ball more than any QB. Only 20 TD passes and 17 picks was a definite step back from his super 2011 season. He should climb on this list in future.




21. Philip Rivers, Chargers

He has a world of talent, yet some numbers make you scratch your head: a 15-17 record over the past two seasons and 35 picks in his past 32 starts.




22. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills

He actually puts up okay numbers, but he just happens to be playing for a franchise that is in lousy shape at the moment. If he played in a place such as Dallas or Chicago, he might be a star.




23. Michael Vick, Eagles

You have to start wondering if Vick has much left, and he seems a long shot to ever find the game to get his team deep into the playoffs. If Nick Foles is Philly's starter next season, he would be ranked in this spot.




24. Christian Ponder, Vikings

He is improving, but his team is built around running back Adrian Peterson.




25. Mark Sanchez, Jets

From back-to-back AFC Championship Games to an awful 13-TD, 18-interception season, he's about to be run out of the Big Apple.




26. Matt Cassel, Chiefs

He had the worst QB rating among starters and just hasn't met expectations.




27. Carson Palmer, Raiders

It seems like a hundred years ago when he was such a bright up-and-comer with the Bengals. Wha' happened?




28. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

Just a kid, he has shown promise, but nowhere near the level of young QBs Andrew Luck and RG3.




29. Brandon Weeden, Browns

The explanation used for Tannehill also applies to Weeden.




30. Jake Locker, Titans

The explanation used for Tannehill and Weeden also applies to Locker.




31. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals

Kolb came over from Philly and was supposed to be the Cards' solution at QB, but injuries have gotten in the way.




32. Chad Henne, Jaguars

The Jags are a mess. You could put almost any average quarterback on this team and he would be last on this list.






http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/nfl-quarterback-rankings/1274601
: February 10, 2013, 02:03:12 AM michael89156

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#1 : February 10, 2013, 12:48:31 AM

Very good spot for him.

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#2 : February 10, 2013, 12:52:56 AM

Very good spot for him.



I thought it was a bit high.  I see him about  #20 at this time.


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#3 : February 10, 2013, 12:58:55 AM

Very good spot for him.



I thought it was a bit high.  I see him about  #20 at this time.

The only one I could see  ranked before him is Bradford.

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#4 : February 10, 2013, 01:01:54 AM

Very good spot for him.



I thought it was a bit high.  I see him about  #20 at this time.

The only one I could see  ranked before him is Bradford.





Ya I was thinking Bradford, Romo, Cutler and Rivers are better right now.


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#5 : February 10, 2013, 01:04:10 AM

I will give you Bradford.

Romo, Cutler and Rivers are worse than Freeman IMO. Romo has never done anything despite being on a good team, the same could be said of Cutler, and Rivers is to much of a turnover machine.

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#6 : February 10, 2013, 01:05:06 AM

Right about 23, 24 would be correct.

14 is way too high.


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#7 : February 10, 2013, 01:10:04 AM

Very good spot for him.



I thought it was a bit high.  I see him about  #20 at this time.

The only one I could see  ranked before him is Bradford.





Ya I was thinking Bradford, Romo, Cutler and Rivers are better right now.

I think Rivers is done. Romo i can agree on, but he is close to Freeman they both throw questionable passes for Ints. Cutler is a older Matt Stafford. Cutler has always had a high Int rate.

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#8 : February 10, 2013, 01:12:06 AM

Very good spot for him.



I thought it was a bit high.  I see him about  #20 at this time.

The only one I could see  ranked before him is Bradford.





Ya I was thinking Bradford, Romo, Cutler and Rivers are better right now.

I think Rivers is done. Romo i can agree on, but he is close to Freeman they both throw questionable passes for Ints. Cutler is a older Matt Stafford. Cutler has always had a high Int rate.




Rivers had a terrible season last year, but he could bounce back in 2013, and I think his body of work is way better than Freeman's.


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#9 : February 10, 2013, 01:18:10 AM

Rivers and Romo before Freeman. 14 is too high.


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#10 : February 10, 2013, 01:23:47 AM

Rivers and Romo before Freeman. 14 is too high.


Cutler?    I think he edges Freeman at this time.


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#11 : February 10, 2013, 01:28:26 AM

Rivers and Romo before Freeman. 14 is too high.


Cutler?    I think he edges Freeman at this time.

Lol. Oops. Must have saw Rivers name and typed it by mistake. I meant Cutler and Romo. I'm not so high on Rivers.


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#12 : February 10, 2013, 02:24:32 AM

Eli, Ryan, Freeman and Schaub too high. Brees and Romo too low.

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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#13 : February 10, 2013, 03:01:45 AM

Considering the article was written by a homer Tampa boy, that explains why Freeman is so ridiculously overrated on that list.   Kaepernick #9?   What a laugh.

Here's a more realistic list.   (There are some backup QB's who would be ahead of many on this list, but I'll only list the starters.)

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Tom Brady, Patriots
3. Peyton Manning, Broncos
4. Drew Brees, Saints
5. Matt Ryan, Falcons
6. Eli Manning, Giants
7. Andrew Luck, Colts
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
9. Tony Romo, Cowboys
10. Robert Griffin III, Redskins
11. Matt Stafford, Lions
12. Joe Flacco, Ravens
13. Cam Newton, Panthers
14. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
15. Matt Schaub, Texans
16. Philip Rivers, Chargers
17. Sam Bradford, Rams
18. Jay Cutler, Bears
19. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
20. Christian Ponder, Vikings
21. Andy Dalton, Bengals
22. Michael Vick, Eagles
23. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
24. Mark Sanchez, Jets
25. Josh Freeman, Bucs
26. Carson Palmer, Raiders
27. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills
28. Jake Locker, Titans
29. Matt Cassel, Chiefs
30. Brandon Weeden, Browns
31. Chad Henne, Jaguars
32. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals
: February 10, 2013, 03:13:11 AM Deberg

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#14 : February 10, 2013, 10:54:55 AM

What up, JR?

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