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What makes an Elite QB, Ranking the NFL Quarterbacks

What makes a Quarterback “Elite”?  Ask Eli Manning and Giants fans they will tell you that 2 Super Bowl Wins and MVP Awards do it, ask fans of other teams they’ll give you another answer.  In judging and naming who is “Elite” it really is up to what you treasure and value in a QB and it’s all opinions.

Well here is my opinion and definition of “What makes an “Elite” QB.  To me there can only be one “Elite” QB, the creme de la creme, the best and right now in the NFL that player wears # 12.  No, not Aaron Rodgers, it’s Tom Brady.

Elite QB



Why is it Tom Brady, 3 Super Bowl wins, 5 trips to the big game, 6 AFC Championship Games (5 wins), 10 Division Championships (most in NFL History).  Stats alone are not what gives Brady the edge in my opinion, they don’t hurt his case but the teams that Brady has played on are what put him in this position.  The New England Patriots team first attitude and Bill Belichick’s mantra of “Do Your Job” and ” next man stops up” has always kept New England in the playoff hunt and perennial Super Bowl hopes.  When you look at the weapons around Brady short of Randy Moss and now Rob Gronkowski, Brady has never had a Hall of Fame cast of weapons around him.  He has the ability to make players better, from Troy Brown to Danny Woodhead.  It’s hard to imagine where the Patriots would be today without the scrawny 6th round pick that was waiting in the wings after Drew Bledsoe’s Patriot career ending injury in Week 2 of the 2001 season.  An even stronger case for Brady is made in Sean Glennon’s book, “Tom Brady vs. The NFL”.

Great QB’s

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Excellent QB’s

Eli Manning, New York Giants

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

Ben Roethlisberger*, Pittsburgh Steelers

Very Good QB’s

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

Andy Dalton, Cincinatti Bengals

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

Good QB’s and too early to fully tell

Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Average QB’s

Alex Smith*, San Francisco 49ers

Michael Vick*, Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars

Runaway, Runaway if you want to survive it’s time to break free

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

Brady Quinn, Kansas City Chiefs

John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals

Remember rating QB’s in the NFL is opinion based and these are my opinions. What’s your list


*Currently Injured and not starting