As we head into the ninth week of the 2011 NFL season, Jim Trotter with Sports Illustrated offers up his midseason quarterback rankings. Now one should remember that these things are often subjective to the writer's point of view. And there stands a good chance that every snap isn't observed; rather the highlights of that player being offered up in an NFL.com Game Rewind package. We're not saying that's the case with Trotter; only that it's a reasonable expectation for national writers that cover 32 teams.
Regardless, Trotter has Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton ranked 11th in the NFL:
The TCU rookie is quickly developing a reputation as someone who doesn't make the same mistake twice. He's not as dynamic as Newton, who has thrown for roughly 900 more yards and two more touchdowns, but he doesn't need to take a lot of chances with a defense that ranks fifth overall. Bottom line for Dalton: His Bengals are 5-2 and leading the AFC North.
Trotter lists Dalton ahead of players like Matt Schaub (take that Johnathan Joseph), Mark Sanchez, Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Josh Freeman and Carson Palmer, who is ranked dead last.
Do you agree with Trotter's assessment of 11th in the NFL right now?