If I had a quarterback …


Watched an unusual amount of football yesterday. Rare for me, what with two kids and busy weekends. Hence, for no good reason, here’s my ranking of who I’d most want as my starting quarterback in 2010 …

1. Peyton Manning, Colts—The best by a wide margin.

2. Drew Brees, Saints—Awfully good.The Chargers would have long regretted not retaining him, but …

3. Phillip Rivers, Chargers—… is almost as impressive.

4. Tom Brady, Patriots—Not as amazing as he once was, but his receivers are top heavy.

5. Brett Favre, Vikings—Hate to admit it, but the guy has been amazing.

6. Kurt Warner, Cardinals—Has locked up a space in Canton.

7. Donovan McNabb, Eagles—I’m so tired of this guy getting s*** on.

8. Carson Palmer, Bengals—Don’t be surprised if he sneaks them to Miami.

9. Matt Ryan, Falcons—Not having a great year, but he’s got it all.

10. Matt Schaub, Texans—Looks like the real deal.

11. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers—Has been let down by his team and a receiver (Santonio Holmes) who plays at 70 percent.

12. Tony Romo, Cowboys—I don’t blame him for their demise.

13. Aaron Rodgers, Packers—Surrounded by mediocre talent. Impressive dude.

14. Alex Smith, 49ers—Maybe I’m on crack … but I like this guy a lot.

15. Joe Flacco, Ravens—Cool, calm Blue Hen.

16. Kyle Orton, Broncos—Jay Who?

17. Eli Manning, Giants—A monumentally overrated NFL player.

18. David Garrard, Jaguars—Meh.

19. Vince Young, Titans—Welcome to the grand illusion.

20. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks—Going … going …

21. Jason Campbell, Redskins—There are enough flashes here that maybe, just maybe, he can be the next Dave Brown.

22. Matthew Stafford, Lions—Hard to judge, because they suck. But brotha’s got guts.

23. Mark Sanchez, Jets—I’m not feeling him. But, thanks to Kellen Clemens, he now looks like Joe Montana.

24. Chad Henne, Dolphins—Could leap up this chart in 2010.

25. Bruce Gradkowski, Raiders—This should be an INCOMPLETE. But based on his track record, I have a hard time seeing his success are real.

26. Brady Quinn, Browns—Will make a fine backup for years to come.

27. Matt Cassel, Chiefs—”Dear God, please tell me this whole thing is just a bad dream …”

28. Josh Freeman, Bucs—Yesterday was my first time seeing him in an NFL game. Has all the attributes of a young Jack Thompson.

29. Jake Delhomme, Panthers—Remark. A. Bl. Y. Bad.

30. Jay Cutler, Bears—The worst type of professional athlete—reads his clippings, gets a huge head, treats people like dung … then sucks.

31. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills—Has played OK. But Harvard pedigree speaks poorly.

11 thoughts on “If I had a quarterback …”

  1. I don’t think it’s fair to call eli manning overrated. he’s 10th in yards and 7th in touchdowns and he’s thrown fewer picks than his big brother.

  2. Love the Jack Thompson reference!

    Will disagree about Santonio Holmes, though. It might have been true very early in his career that he was playing at 70%. And, yeah, he’ll drop one from time to time. But if you watch him week-to-week, it’s pretty hard to question his effort.

    Roelisberger’s biggest enemy is himself. He can make plays with the best of them, but about once a game he’s guaranteed to make an incredibly boneheaded throw that the elite QBs just don’t make.

  3. I would agree on Eli Manning being overrated, seeing what he did for my fantasy team this year….he gave me 3 losses. Thanks Eli! And I would put Cutler at #31. He makes me wish we had Rex Grossman!

  4. Good list….my list is Peyton, Palmer, Favre, Brees, Rivers, Eli, Big Ben, Brady, Rodgers and Schaub. I would also take VY over A.Smith..not sure how u put him at #14.

  5. Thank you for not having Brady in the top 2, but I would have him even lower. THIS year, he is not top 10. Jason Campbell will be MUCH better behind a real offensive line, not just 5 fat guys grabbed off the street like he’s dealing with now. Flacco and Eli behind A. Smith?…that is loco. Overall, I think this is a really good list. Reminds me that there are A LOT of good QBs in the NFL. Finally, you should have had Flacco #1! Are you a Blue Hen or not!

  6. You put Vince Young way too low on the list, Jeff. He should easily be ahead of a guy like Schaub…. The Titans have only loss with him as a starter this year. He was one of the best college quarterbacks of all time, and he is quickly developing into one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL.

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