A few days ago, I did an article on the top 12 Quarterbacks according to the ESPN. After I posted this critique, I found myself second guessing many of the picks. So I decided to come up with my own version of the top QB’s from the 1st half of the season. Obviously, the subject is subjective, and probably few will agree with my list in it’s entirety. But for what it’s worth, this is my QB power Poll for mid-season 2009.
1. Drew Brees – It’s hard to argue against this guy being the most valuable player in the NFL right now. Is New Orleans the leagues best team ? Debatable. But without Brees, this is a good team at best. He is an underrated pocket QB with little more then a plus arm, but he’s uncannily accurate and a terrific field leader. His QB rating of 106.1 is precisely 1/10 of a point higher then Minnesota’s Brett Favre. His one down point is the fact that he’s fumbled the ball 8 times and thrown 7 INTs.
2. Peyton Manning – What can I say that hasn’t already been said ? One of the games greatest ever. Before he’s done, he may sit alone at the top of the Quarterback heap. Now that the Colts have a real defense, Peyton is even scarier. QB rating – 105.2
3. Brett Favre – I really wanted to drop him farther down for fear of being labeled a “Homer”. But the season Favre is having compared to what was expected of the 40 year old retired, unretired veteran has been little short of amazing. 16 touchdown passes with only 3 interceptions ???? These are great numbers for a guy who has traditionally thrown a ton of interceptions by this point in the season. All said, I think Favre finally “Gets “ it ! He is playing like a man who actually cares more about winning and the team then he does about his own stats. Perhaps he was abducted by aliens and replaced with the “machine” we have been watching fro the last 8 games. I’m sorry, but sprinting 40 yards down field to throw a block for his receiver is ridiculous for a QB in the NFL. I now see why Packer fans were so insanely rabid about this guy. QB rating – 106.0
4. Ben Roethlisberger – What’s this ? The Steelers are a vertical threat team ? Incredible ! Big Ben is having a great season despite the off field extra-stuff. A plus arm and leadership skill to boot. He is blessed with good receivers and the Steelers remain the team no one wants to face in the play-offs. QB rating – 104.1
5. Aaron Rogers – Did Green Bay do the right thing by jettisoning Favre ? Maybe in principal, if not in the way they handled it. But like it or not, Rogers IS the man now. The pressure on him has been incredible, and so far, he has played like a 10 year veteran. Maybe he DOES hold the ball too long trying to make the big play. But his TD / Int. ratio is over 3-1. QB rating – 103.3
6. Matt Schaub – Shaub is quietly having a terrific season. He is tied with Brees for the league lead in TD passes with 17. He’s also completing 67 % of his passes and is 3rd in passing yardage ( 294. 8 ) per game. – QB rating of 98.1
7. Phillip Rivers – The Chargers are off to their usual slow start, and the team is beginning to show signs of consciousness. Rivers however, has been very good throughout the first half, and if his receivers could hold onto the ball, then he would be rated even higher. He throws a very tight, catchable ball, but has anyone had more tosses dropped then Rivers. Play after play he delivers the ball into the proper spot only to have the ball bounce off and fall to the ground. He’s fumbled the ball 6 times, but has a completion % of 60.6 with a 2 to 1 TD to Int. ratio. QB rating – 94.6
8. Tom Brady – He’s not quite the player he was before the injury…..yet. He looks just slightly hesitant at times, but considering the extent of his knee injury, Patriot fans have reason for optimism. Still a supreme field commander with dangerous weapons like the great Randy Moss. Here’s betting that he rises up this board by seasons end. He’s 3rd in total passing yardage with 2364, and 2nd in yards per game with 295.5, just ahead of Matt Schaub. QB rating – 99.2
9. Tony Romo – Numbers 9 – 13 are a crap shoot. I’m going with Romo at 9 because of his higher QB rating – 95.8, and his TD / Int. ratio of 2 to 1, and because he has the Boy’s in first place in the NFC East.
10. Carson Palmer – Palmer makes it because of his impact on his team. The Bengal’s are becoming a team to fear again. For that, Palmer makes the cut at # 10. He has a TD / Int. ratio of 2 to 1. QB rating 89.5
Below are numbers 11 – 14. I’ll just give them an “Honorable Mention “ and list their QB ratings as well.
11. Joe Flacco – QB rating of 90.2
12. Kurt Warner – QB rating of 88.0 w/ 11 Ints.
13. Eli Manning – QB rating of 89.5