Ranking the NFL's starting QBs

In response to John Clayton's list, I figured I might as well come out with one of my own.... I'm not an NFL expert, I played college soccer and high school football, so what is my opinion worth? Nothing... which irronically is the exact same worth of John Clayton's opinion.

If I was given a choice of all 32 NFL QBs to lead our current Bengals sqaud, this would be the order I would put them in.

1- Aaron Rodgers: Super Bowl winning quarterback whose career is still rising.

2- Philip Rivers: Age plays a large factor here, as Rivers is only 29. I think in the next 2 or 3 years Rivers and Rodgers will supplant Brady and Brees as the NFL's top 2 signal callers.

3- Tom Brady: He is 34, so that would present a problem with such a young roster, however Brady still has a good 3 or 4 years of elite football eft.

4- Peyton Manning: See above comment, maybe Manning's tank has about 2-3 years left.

5- Drew Brees: A rising interception rate is a concern, and the reason I don't have him higher.

6- Michael Vick: If Vick were guaranteed to stay healthy, then he would vault up to #3 on this list, but staying healthy is something he has yet to be able to do.

7- Josh Freeman: I know a lot of people will disagree with having Freeman this high on the list, but he is only 23 years old... and he went to K-State (I'm a K-State alumni). Last year was his first complete season as a starter, he will be Tampa's franchise QB for the next 10-12 years.

8- Matt Ryan: Huge step forward in his 3rd season for Ryan, kind of a poor mans Peyton Manning (which is still one of the best QBs in the league)

9- Ben Roethlisberger: I will not write anything positive about him, I despise him completely.

10- Sam Bradford: Could reach elite status very shortly, health concerns seem to have been answered, only 23 years old.

After these 10, I feel there is a bit of a drop-off

11- Eli Manning

12- Matt Schaub

13- Tony Romo

14- Joe Flacco

15- Jay Cutler

16- Matthew Stafford

17- Kevin Kolb

18- Mark Sanchez

19- Kyle Orton

20- Matt Cassel

21- Colt McCoy

Another significant drop off point

22- Andy Dalton: Let me explain why I rank Dalton here. It is not because I think Dalton is the 22nd best quarterback in the league right now. However, I don't think any of the remaining quarterbacks would win a significantly more amount of games with this team than Dalton. Perhaps a guy like McNabb or Garrard might squeak out an extra win or two, however those quarterbacks (and most of the remaining) are past their prime and declining.

23- David Garrard

24- Donovan McNabb

25- Matt Hasselbeck

26- Cam Newton

27- Ryan Fitzpatrick

28- Jason Campbell

29- Tavaris Jackson

30- John Beck

31- Chad Henne

32- Alex Smith


Let me reiterate, that this list is not "The best 32 quarterbacks" this list is "who I would like to quarterback our current Bengals team". John Clayton's list is irrelevant, what Bengal's fans should be positive and excited about, is that we have a quarterback that can hopefully grow with the rest of our young talent, and that both QB and team will improve together into playoff contention over the next couple of years. Clayton's list is better suited for fantasy football, I feel this type of list is better suited for reality.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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