Ranking the Top 32 Quarterbacks in the NFL
In this "Age of the Quarterback" the gunslingers who run the offense in the National Football League are now bigger, faster and stronger than in years past. They have turned into multi-faceted athletes that can run as well as pass. The new era has turned out quite a few rising stars over the past couple years. Here's my list of the top 32 quarterbacks in the NFL going into the 2013 season:
32. Mark Sanchez - Do I really have to explain this. One of only four starters with more INTs than TDs, second in the league in sacks and started almost the whole season because his backup was Tim Tebow. At least Rex Ryan believes in him enough to get his portrait on his arm.
31. Matt Cassel - In eight games, Cassel came away with just one victory throwing a mere six TDs and 12 INTs. Thank God for Andy Reid and this seasons No. 1 Draft Pick!
30. Blaine Gabbert - As a University of Missouri alum, it's hard for me to do this, but Gabbert was just flat out bad this year posting a 1-9 record as a starter with only 9 TDs and 6 INTs and getting dropped behind the line 22 times.
29. Jake Locker - The third quarterback with more picks than scores (11/10), Locker completed 56% of his passes and had a starting record of 4-7.
28. Brandon Weeden - With a mediocre supporting cast, Weeden's 3300/14 5-10 season was capped by his 17 INTs and a 72.6 Quarterback Rating.
27. Nick Foles - Going a mere 1-5 filling in for the injured Michael Vick, Foles put up an impressive 1699/6 followed up with five INTs and 20 sacks...in just six games.
26. Michael Vick - His athleticism seems to decline more and more every year. I think age is finally catching up to him as he has yet to have a healthy season since his dog days of gambling. In 10 games he went 3-7 with 12 TDs and 332 yards on the ground. However, he was sacked 28 times and couldn't get anything going in Philly.
25. Ryan Tannehill - In his rookie season, he put up mediocre numbers, not horrible. Over 3200 yards, 12 TDs and a 58% completion rate. Another one that just couldn't get anything going in an equally mediocre offense in Miami.
24. Jay Cutler - A dismal season for Cutler and the Bears, and they went 10-5. Cutler barely hit 3000 yards, had 19 TDs and 14 INTs and averaged just 7 yards per pass.
23. Christian Ponder - Having Adrian Peterson on anyone's team will make the QB better. In this case, it may have been his only saving grace. He did almost hit the 3000 yard mark and had 18 TDs, but after being sacked 32 times and throwing 12 picks, he shows alot to be desired for next season.
22. Sam Bradford - The stagnant Rams saw glimpses of hope throughout the season with Bradford at the helm. 3700 yards, 21 TDs and a QB Rating of 82.6. He was also tied for second in the league with four 4th quarter comebacks.
21. Ryan Fitzpatrick - With an average receiving corp, the Harvard grad led his Bills to a 6-10 record throwing for 3400 yards and 24 TDs and an 83.3 QB Rating completing only 60% of his passes.
20. Alex Smith - Smith probably should be higher on this list, however, his lack of game time late in the season put a damper on his numbers. In his 9 games, he led the 49ers to a 6-2-1 record with 1737 yards and 13 TDs with only five INTs. Not bad for a second stringer.
19. Josh Freeman - Though the Bucs only went 7-9 this year, Freeman still threw for over 4000 yards and 27 scores with an overall QB Rating of 81.6. Not bad for a guy with an average supporting cast.
18. Carson Palmer - With an injury plagued offense that only put up 4 wins, Palmer still completed over 60% of his passes, threw for over 4000 yards, had 22 TDs and had a total QB rating of 85.3
17. Colin Kaepernick - I want to rank him higher, but it is hard after only starting seven games. He did lead the 49ers to a 5-2 record in that time span as well as taking them to the Super Bowl. He had a 98.3 QB Rating, with over 1800 yards, 10 TDs and 415 yards for five TDs on the ground. An improvement from the aforementioned Alex Smith, but not enough to field time to rank him higher. Check back midseason, 2013.