1. Aaron Rodgers (GB)
What can you say that hasn’t been said about Mr. Discount Double Check. He’s already a Super Bowl champ and playing at the highest level of any QB we have seen in recent memory. Even the shocking Divisional Round loss in the playoffs to the Giants does not take away from his outstanding MVP season in 2011.
2. Tom Brady (NE):
Thomas Edward Patrick “Tom” Brady, Jr.
What more can you say about the man that has won 3 Super Bowls? He’s already in the conversation of Top 3-5 QB’s of all time and might be at the top weren’t for a guy named Eli that resides in East Rutherford, New Jersey in the fall. But that being said I look at Rodgers/Brady as more 1a/1b. Maybe America this year will get that famed Packers-Patriots Super Bowl matchup come February. Brady still has a whole lot left in the tank.
3. Drew Brees (NO):
I can give you 100 million reason why Brees deserves Top 3 billing in the league. Not only has he dramatically changed the Saints franchise from a laughingstock before his arrival in 2006 but there isn’t an athlete who has meant more to a city and especially New Orleans like Drew Brees has in the last 6 years.
4. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): Alot of people underrate Big Ben but let face it, he is a 2 time Super Bowl Champion and he has continued to be one of the more dependable and trusted QB’s in the game today. With the Steelers allegedly reverting back to the smash mouth football of old it’s questionable whether Roethlisberger will put up the number he has put up in recent seasons but if there is an ace in the hole for the Steelers it is Big Ben.
5. Eli Manning (NYG):
I believe in Eli.
You can’t spell elite without Eli.
Whatever you want to say he is now a 2 time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP and is deservedly placed in the elite group especially considering how he broke the NFL record for most 4th quarter comebacks in a single season (7). If that isn’t elite then tell me what is. Now he just has to add to his legacy to establish Hall Of Fame worthiness
6. Peyton Manning (DEN)
Ranked this low only because of the unknown factor with his neck injury and whether he is as ready as everyone close to him is saying. Plus he did also miss the entire 2011 season otherwise he would be snug in the top 5 just on legacy alone.
7. Matthew Stafford (DET) We finally got to see what Stafford can do when he is healthy for an entire season and for the moment was able to not only shed even for a little bit not only the china doll image he’s received in his first 2 years in the league but also lead the Lions to their first playoff berth in a decade.
8. Tony Romo (DAL)
Tired of defending this guy season after season especially considering I am one of the biggest Cowboy haters in all the land but it is hard not to consider that despite the mistakes he makes in the biggest moments he does put up numbers from week to week that are comparable to the guys named Rodgers, Brady and Brees. Now it’s the leadership stuff he needs to work on to put Dallas over the hump. This is a make or break year for Romo.
9. Jay Cutler (CHI)
May not be the most popular player in the league but lets not forget the Chicago Bears were 7-3 and rolling toward the playoffs before Cutler got hurt last season. Plus his numbers have drastically improved in the last 3 seasons. I really considered placing Cutler higher on this list but didn’t only cause of the injury last year.
10. Michael Vick (PHI)
Very few QB’s in the league can impact the game in so many dimensions like Vick can. The million dollar question remains if he can stay healthy for a full 16 game campaign. If so Philadelphia will remain in the conversation for the NFC title.