DISCLAIMER: This is not the best quarterbacks for a given franchise, so age doesn’t come into it.
We’re merely telling you who the best quarterbacks are, right now, in football.
If you don’t agree, then you’re wider of the mark than one of Robert Aguayo’s point-afters.
10. Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs)
It’s a tricky evaluation, but Smith does not commit turnovers and stats back up the importance of that. Nearly always running a run-heavy scheme as well as various misdirection and gimmicks to make the game easier for Smith, the University of Utah product has made a career out of being a clever, yet limited system quarterback.
9. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers)
His constant back and forth with himself regarding retirement tells you all you need to know, in a sense. He can feel his body caving in and his arm doesn’t quite have the zip on it anymore. That being said, he will stand in the pocket and is surrounded by Pro Bowl talent. There’s a lot to be said for toughness and he hasn’t lost that.
8. Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers)
Yes, by the time you’ll have read this paragraph, there’s a chance Rivers has thrown five interceptions – but his pre-snap reading is still some of the best the league has ever seen. There is no better quarterback in football at reading defences and audibling out of trouble than the father-of-forty.
7. Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
Oh boy. Wilson’s biggest asset has always been his ability to make crazy throws off his back foot while under pressure. That doesn’t mean the Seattle front office could avoid giving him offensive line help. It’s hard to watch at times, but Wilson is as naturally talented as they come.
6. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
It’s still hard to knock him. There’s a stat floating around that no receiver under Brees has ever seen more than twenty per cent of targets over a season. In terms of making defences look after everyone in a spread formation, there’s no better man. The most flawless play-action fake you’ll see.
5. Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders)
If it weren’t for his injury last year, I think the Raiders would have won the AFC. If Amari Cooper stops dropping passes, he may even have an elite receiving corps in front of him. Carr wasn’t considered as the best quarterback in his draft class, but he’s probably the best signal caller to come out of college football in the last five years.
4. Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)
Put the pitchforks down. Put them down. Stafford lost Megatron and was forced to completely reconfigure his approach to an offence. He did that with aplomb and he can throw to any route on the field with a variety of throwing angles. Stafford definitely isn’t the trendiest pick, but in terms of pure mechanics, nobody is better.
3. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)
Yes, he’s got quite the ensemble cast around him that whip up more looks than Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire, but ‘Matty Ice’ is exactly that. Having the experience of a Super Bowl behind him now, his ability is often overlooked because he can just ‘toss it up to Julio’ – which, to be fair – isn’t a bad fall-back.
2. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
If Stafford is mechanics, then Brady is the clutch gene personified. It exists, and if you’ve watched the sport long enough, you’ll know this. Tom Brady will go down as the greatest quarterback of all time because of his ‘winningness’. You cannot teach that on a practice field.
1. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
The undisputed king. He’s not once had a brilliant empire around him. He’s never had a tight end of supreme quality as a comfort blanket, nor has he had an offensive line that didn’t require him to dance around in his brilliant fashion. If Brady personified the clutch gene, Rodgers redefined it.