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    NFL.com's Marc Sessler categorizes NFL QBs

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...l-quarterbacks

    Ranking the NFL quarterbacks

    By Marc Sessler
    Around the League Writer

    Last week, my Around The League colleague Dan Hanzus unveiled his list of the NFL's top running backs.

    That Herculean effort was met with a swirl of wonder, agitation and pressing questions, so, naturally, we're back for more.

    This week, I humbly offer you my compilation of the NFL's top quarterbacks.

    The ground rules are simple: Taking rookies out of the mix, I ranked signal-callers from top to bottom based on how I believe they'll perform in 2013.

    I am prepared to be pistol-whipped by readers, coworkers, friends and family.

    Off we travel:

    Three kings

    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Tom Brady

    Age to age, these men deliver. What Rodgers has accomplished since his Super Bowl-winning season of 2010 is even more impressive when you factor in the lack of a potent ground game and often subpar protection. I was among those who thought a neck-surgery-addled Manning wouldn't be the same guy. Instead, he was better, and he'll do it again in 2013. As for Brady, I won't be surprised when documents unearthed in 2077 reveal that Tom was, in fact, a robot patched together by a team of frustrated Foxborough-area scientists. His mission: To wreak havoc forever on the AFC East and merge with a dangerously attractive female humanoid.

    Franchise gold

    4. Drew Brees
    5. Ben Roethlisberger
    6. Matt Ryan
    7. Eli Manning

    Roethlisberger, in my eyes, is the toughest quarterback in all of football. Eli comes off a down year, but I'm done doubting him. Brees is a flat-out executioner. With five Lombardis between them, these three have proven they can go the distance. Ryan hasn't, but he's coming off a monster season and sits out there as legitimate MVP material. It's no coincidence that the coaches teamed with these passers -- Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin, Mike Smith and Tom Coughlin -- are in zero danger of losing their jobs.

    The future, Part I

    8. Andrew Luck
    9. Robert Griffin III

    Luck took a beating last season behind Indy's patchwork line, but he kept getting back up. In that sense, he reminds me of Roethlisberger. He might ultimately be the finest of the 2012 class. In Washington, I'm assuming RG3's knee regains full strength and allows him to spin his magic all over again. It's easy to get lost in Griffin's abilities on the ground, but his pocket presence, decision-making and crisp mechanics make him a top-10 passer.

    The future, Part II

    10. Colin Kaepernick
    11. Russell Wilson
    12. Cam Newton

    Gregg Rosenthal informs me that I've given too much love to the newbies. I disagree. Last year's rookies -- and the schemes they operated -- altered the game. Wilson is a thing of beauty: technically clean, a fiery leader, never cowed by the moment. Kaepernick won me over during that chaotic first half of the NFC title game. He never panicked. Nothing about either player tells me they'll regress. Newton -- entering a huge year three -- sits at No. 12 because his physical tools are insane. So much pure ability. Cam can chart his fate, for better or worse.

    Solid dudes

    13. Joe Flacco
    14. Tony Romo
    15. Matthew Stafford
    16. Jay Cutler

    Citizens of Baltimore: Hear me out. Admittedly, Flacco's place on this list haunts me. His work in the playoffs was otherworldly. I might eat raven on this one, but I can't wait to see where Flacco goes in 2013. I also struggled placing Romo this low, but how much higher should he be? I don't blame Romo for the mess in Dallas, but he isn't saving the day, either. Stafford is still too inconsistent. And quick: List five truly memorable performances by Cutler. A tough group to grade.

    Critical seasons ahead

    17. Philip Rivers
    18. Alex Smith
    19. Ryan Tannehill

    Rivers is an aging but tough-as-nails quarterback. Still, I'm not certain he's even on the Chargers in 2014 if he doesn't rebound from back-to-back down seasons. Smith's work in San Francisco was underrated. His handling of the situation was even more impressive. Tannehill, in his second season, will shoot up this list if he clicks with Miami's new toys.

    Trick or treat

    20. Matt Schaub
    21. Sam Bradford
    22. Andy Dalton

    There's hope for this group, because this tier is where Flacco lived a year ago. Still, Schaub and Dalton -- playoff quarterbacks both -- leave me wanting. Dameshek has a growing man-crush on the Glowing Ginger Man, but I don't see it. Schaub concerns me, too. In summary: two big bowls of vanilla ice cream. Down in St. Louis, the Rams have paid Bradford $50 million guaranteed, and it's still unclear if he's the right guy. All three quarterbacks are surrounded by talent. Time to make it happen.

    Stopgaps

    23. Michael Vick
    24. Carson Palmer

    In theory, Vick gives coach Chip Kelly a quarterback who can run his up-tempo offense. In reality, does anyone trust Vick to stay on two feet past September? People talk about Palmer's big numbers in Oakland, but the Raiders eternally played from 20 points down during his run. Carson's not the future for the Cardinals -- or any team.

    How can I trust you?

    25. Josh Freeman
    26. Christian Ponder
    27. Jake Locker
    28. Nick Foles
    29. Kevin Kolb
    30. Matt Hasselbeck

    Ponder has been wonderful as an 'Adrian Peterson Handoff Machine 1.0,' but we need to see him take over games. Kolb can't go a fortnight without breaking a body part, and we're still waiting for Locker to exit the starting gate. Foles showed promise last season, but he's mired in a jam-packed quarterback room. In Indy, that song you hear? It's the closing credits on Hasselbeck's proud career. Of the group, it's Freeman who intrigues me most. He caught fire last season, before falling to pieces. As it stands, he's a candidate to lose his job in 2013.

    JAG

    31. Matt Cassel
    32. Ryan Fitzpatrick
    33. Brandon Weeden
    34. Blaine Gabbert
    35. Mark Sanchez

    We're back with this Hanzus-inspired category: JAG, as in, just another guy. These are gentlemen on the fringe of a promising career at CVS. Apologies, Jets fans, but I don't have a problem ranking Sanchez this low. He's been a statistical train wreck ever since Gang Green abandoned the ground and pound. ESPN's Chris Mortensen this week spoke with league sources who insist Sanchez "is not throwing the ball as well as he was as a rookie." I'd argue that if Sanchez and Blaine Gabbert were both available, just as many clubs would take a chance on Gabbert, thinking they could fix him. Sanchez needs a full reboot. Weeden might fight his way out of this group if he takes off under Rob Chudzinski. If he doesn't, he'll be looking for work.
    Hoping to see Geno in the "Future Part I" category next year.

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    His Top 5 is dead-on

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    19. Ryan Tannehill
    how can second season be "critical"? esp considering they just added a bunch of new players.

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    Kinda harsh on Matt Schuab. I'd have him closer to the middle of the pack.

    And Sanchez may be awful, but I'd have him 34th. He's better than Blaine Gabbert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable View Post
    His Top 5 is dead-on
    As his Bottom 1.

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    Brees should be in that top tier

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    Joe flacco deserves to be higher on this list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Met57 View Post
    how can second season be "critical"? esp considering they just added a bunch of new players.
    I think he point is that with the new players he has an opportunity to make a significant improvement. Basically means they have given him the supporting cast and now it is time for him to do his part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
    Joe flacco deserves to be higher on this list.
    No he doesn't. I was glad to see he wasn't blinded by the heavily assisted by other teammates SB ring win.

    And LOL @ Tannehill being so high but otherwise it's pretty dead on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinny Testaverde's Niece View Post
    No he doesn't. I was glad to see he wasn't blinded by the heavily assisted by other teammates SB ring win.

    And LOL @ Tannehill being so high but otherwise it's pretty dead on.
    Actually it makes sense to me. I think it's partially based on the fact that he's a rookie who closed the year pretty well (59% completion, 6TDs 2INTs, 196 Yards per game). He's very young and as a rookie played with FAR less talent than Dalton had in his first 2 seasons.

    I'd probably put him in the same group as Bradford/Dalton and move Scahub up a level.
    Dalton to me is a more polished Mark Sanchez right now. He can be good, but he may not be, I'm not sold on him in the least. Bradford's been in the league 3 years now. He really hasn't improved a while lot from his rookie season.

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    Sanchez should be the top JAG with two AFCCs.

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    Mark Sanchez had nobody to throw to by the end of last year. I do not see it getting any better than year. The team has to provide the quarterback with good receivers as well as decent running backs. I think the offensive line should improve but the receivers have to get open.

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    Tony Romo a solid dude????? Lolz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinny Testaverde's Niece View Post
    No he doesn't. I was glad to see he wasn't blinded by the heavily assisted by other teammates SB ring win.

    And LOL @ Tannehill being so high but otherwise it's pretty dead on.
    Then we will have to agree to disagree. I was not basing my statement solely on last year's super bowl win. He was a dropped pass away from back to back appearances. He also has another afc title on his resume. He surely was not just along for the ride on all accounts. He for my money is one of the best big game quarterbacks in the league,and I for one would love it if we had what this list calls the 13th best signal caller behind center in green and white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetrider View Post
    Sanchez should be the top JAG with two AFCCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetrider View Post
    Sanchez should be the top JAG with two AFCCs.
    Unless there are 2 Lamar Hunt trophies with 2009 & 2010 lurking somewhere in Florham Park, I think you mean 2 AFCCG appearances

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down, Set, Haiku View Post
    Unless there are 2 Lamar Hunt trophies with 2009 & 2010 lurking somewhere in Florham Park, I think you mean 2 AFCCG appearances
    Yes, "appearances" is exactly what I meant. What is your point?

    Tell me how many playoff games (edit: "appearances") were there among the other four JAGs?
    Last edited by jetrider; 05-18-2013 at 06:34 PM.

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    never heard of that retard. probably a blogger or something so i dont give a **** about his rankings

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    Sanchez should have been in the category under JAG called "Utter Crap".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe W. Namath View Post
    Sanchez should have been in the category under JAG called "Utter Crap".
    the worst part about the ranking is that sanchez is ranked 35th and there are only 32 teams in the nfl.

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