This article comes after my giddy outburst on the last podcast, where I fell totally in lust with Dallas Quarter Back, Dak Prescott. I made the bold statement that he was a top-3 quarterback in the NFL … totally forgetting about the talents of Texans star, Deshaun Watson (an error on my part that my co host Tom gleefully pointed out). Anyway, I was goaded into making this list as my first article for the website, so any fans butt-hurt by my rankings, don’t @ me (you can if you want, like).
The “Out On Their Own” Tier
- Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
These two are way out in front of every QB in the league in terms of talent, leadership and composure. They are both at the top of their game, and in Mahomes’ case, not even at his peak yet, which is a scary thought. The single most important thing that separates them from the category below is that they both have a Super Bowl ring.
The “Could Be Great” Tier
- Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
- Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
- Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
- Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
- Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
This group of QBs have all at times flashed and single handedly won games on their own. I think each one of them has a different reason for why they haven’t or may never make the next step to greatness. Be it surrounding talent, coaching staff, injuries at crucial stages of their career or quite simply that they haven’t been in the league long enough.
The “Once Were Great But Now Declining” Tier
- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
- Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
- Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts
Now before any of you get all up in my DMs, I’m not for one minute disrespecting the impact every one of these QBs have made. 10 Super Bowls between them speaks for itself and with maybe 1 more in the tank, they haven’t been put out to pasture just yet. The reason I have this group as low as I have, is that you only have to look at this groups production and see that they’re on a downward curve. That is coupled with other factors, such as injuries, or new teams for Brady and Rivers. Aaron Rodgers’ career has been given the equivalent of the 2 minute warning with the arrival of Jordan Love in Green Bay. You start to feel their time may soon be up.
The “Good to Average” Tier
- Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
- Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
- Jared Goff, LA Rams
- Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
- Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
- Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins
This category speaks for itself really. All of the above QBs have had varying levels of success and have now been in the league for some time. If you’re a fan of one of these teams, ask yourself this, do you think your team can win a Super Bowl with this guy under centre? More specifically, if you’re a Rams or 49ers fan, do you think a superior quarterback could have won your team the Superbowl?
The “Could Go One Way or Another” Tier
- Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
- Sam Darnold, New York Jets
- Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
- Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears
- Daniel Jones, New York Giants
- Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
- Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins
I know some the names above could make an argument to be further up on this list but hear me out. Baker Mayfield flashed in his rookie year but going into his second year the Browns added more weapons to help and hired his preferred Head Coach in Freddie Kitchens. He had a lot more help than some of the other QBs in this tier and yet still had a poor year. Did the pressure get to him? I’m willing to see how this coming season pans out before making any final judgements on him. Josh Allen is another you could make an argument for: yes, he went to the play-offs with Buffalo in 2019 but what happened when he got there? He went missing in the second half vs The Texans. The question remains: how much of his relative success is him, and how responsible is the scheme in Buffalo? I’d like to see more production with his arm this year and the arrival of Stefon Diggs will surely help that. Mitch Trubisky is in last chance saloon for me as an NFL starter, especially with the arrival of Nick Foles. Sam Darnold has had many different issues to deal with which has hindered his progress: illness, no O-line help, lack of a #1 receiver and a Head Coach who seems to have forgotten that Le’Veon Bell is in fact Le’Veon Bell. Drew Lock flashed in the 5 games he played but it’s too small of a sample size to judge him on. The Gardner Minshew hype train I don’t get and Dwayne Haskins didn’t have the best of circumstances to make any real impact especially in your rookie year.
The “Too Soon to Tell” Tier
- Jarret Stidham New England Patriots
- Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals
- Justin Herbert LA Chargers