It's always an interesting debate when we look at who the best QB of all time is. Frankly, I don't believe we can compare different eras, so we're going to take a look at the guys currently playing and rank the top 5 moving into the 2013 season. Without further ado, here they are.
5. Eli Manning - Most people will criticize me for putting Eli on this list, but no one can deny how clutch he's been in big games. Manning has thrown for 31,500 yards and 211 TD's in his career in New York and has won two Super Bowls over Tom Brady and the Patriots. The Giants seem to plug in a different set of receivers each year and Manning manages to throw for over 4,000 yards every season. His interceptions are high, but no higher than Drew Brees but no one ever seems to mention his INT's because of all the yards he accumulates. Bottom line, there isn't another QB in the league I would want in the game down four with two minutes left than Eli Manning.
4. Drew Brees - No one has thrown for more yards over the past five seasons than Drew Brees. He recently broke Dan Marino's long standing record of yards in a season, which no one thought could ever be broken. Granted, it's a different league now than when Marino did it, but nonetheless, 5,000 yards is an amazing accomplish. The Saints lost their head coach last season so it was a rough season for Drew and company, but he was still able to put up great numbers. He's had a lot of weapons in New Orleans and a wide open game plan, which helps him produce at the level he does. Brees puts up consistent numbers, but when it comes to post season ability, he falls in the same category as Eli Manning. His team is usually up and down and you never know what they are going to do when they get to the playoffs. He does have one ring though, which is why he's on the list instead of a Matt Ryan.
3. Tom Brady - I really struggle putting Brady on this list, but you can't argue with the numbers and rings. I firmly believe that Brady is a product of his system, but you could say that about a lot of players. Anyone who's ever watched Patriots games could see that Brady is inaccurate outside of the hashmarks and downfield, and he has always had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. His offense is based on timing and precision on short passes to backs, slot receivers, and tight ends. Brady makes the list because he is one of the smartest signal callers and top three in the league at presnap movement and calls. Oh, and the three Super Bowl rings helps as well!
2. Peyton Manning - During the 2012 season, I felt like I was the only person who wasn't surprised about what Peyton Manning was doing coming off of a fourth neck surgery. Not only is Peyton Manning the smartest QB in the league, but he is also the hardest working QB, evident of his ability to come back and have an MVP caliber season after missing the entire 2011 season. Manning has one Super Bowl title under his belt and a great chance to earn another in Denver this coming season. He hasn't always produced wins in the post season, but all of this isn't his fault. I always said I would take Peyton Manning during the regular season and Eli in the post season. Statistically Manning is one of the most accomplished regular season QB in NFL history and has won more MVP's than anyone else. Manning is pushing 40 years old, but he's still as good as anyone in the league.
1. Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers is arguably the most talented QB in the NFL. He has a big arm, can make all the throws, and he's mobile enough to evade tacklers and run for first downs. Right now, there's nothing better to look at than Aaron Rodgers throwing a back shoulder pass to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers has a Super Bowl ring and the Packers have been one of the best regular season teams in the NFL the past few seasons. He lost Greg Jennings, but I still expect him to produce at a high level with all the other talent they have on the roster. Rodgers is smart, doesn't turn the ball over, makes all the throws, and wins games. He is the best quarterback in the NFL.