2012 NFL Rankings-Gold and Silver Edition : Quarterbacks
The NFL regular season opener is one week away, just a little reminder to keep you guys foaming at the mouths. In exactly 7 days we'll get the beginning of what I believe will be an amazing season, orchestrated by some of the most talented players that we have come accustomed to viewing. So in a celebration like mood, these 4 days I will be ranking the best offensive skill players by position in the NFL. So here is the criteria for Gold and Silver players.
Gold Players: Plays at an elite-championship level, determines the outcome of a game based of his performance, creates mismatches for multiple players, is a premiere weapon on the field, & is rated in the upper level of his position.
Sliver Players: Plays at an elite-championship level, impacts a game based of his performance, can't be stopped by 1 vs 1 coverage, is a featured player on the field, & is rated towards the mid-level of his position.
Gold Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, & Ben Roethlisberger
- Aaron Rodgers was the NFL regular season MVP last year, and is widely acknowledged as the best QB in the game. Not much to say really.
- Tom Brady is coming off a season where he threw for 5,235 yds, & 39 tds. Not to mention he has some new weapons, a healthy Gronkowski, and a better defense.
- Drew Brees out of the three QBs to pass for 5,000 plus yds had the most (5,476), and lit up defenses last year. Should be interesting to see how he does without head coach Sean Peyton?
- Eli Manning is a 2-time Super Bowl champion, 2-time Super Bowl MVP, and coming off his best season ever statistically. So far he's been looking a lot like last year.
- Peyton Manning is coming off of neck surgeries, and an entire season off. However he is Peyton Manning, and it would be disrespectful to rank him lower than Gold.
- Ben Roethlisberger was banged up last year and still had a pretty good season (4,077 & 21 tds), and made it to the playoffs, I expect nothing less from this 2-time Super Bowl champion than Gold.
Silver Quarterbacks: Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Philip Rivers, Tony Romo, & Matt Schaub
- Matthew Stafford had his healthiest, and most productive season last year passing for 5,038 yds & 41 tds. Doesn't hurt having the best wide out in football in Calvin Johnson, however when healthy this kid is lethal.
- Cam Newton is a stud. Last season which was his rookie season was nothing short of sensational. I'm sure the fans in Carolina would like to see him build off of his 4,051, 21 td career start.
- Michael Vick when healthy is a walking, talking, and breathing MVP candidate. He had a rough season last year, and could face more health issues this year. However if he can stay healthy Vick puts up big numbers, excites the crowd and gets the job done.
- Philip Rivers had an off year last season, with 20 total interceptions. However people seem to forget the 3 years before his downer. He averaged yearly 4,000 plus yards, over 28 passing tds, and a passer rating over 100. Rivers will bounce back nicely.
- Tony Romo is labeled as the QB who can't get it done in when it matters the most. However he has been consistently productive in his career, and coming off arguably his best season 4,184 yds, 31 tds, & a 102.5 passer rating Romo is indeed a top 10 QB. Whether you like him or not.
- Matt Schaub has all the talent to lead the Texans to the upper level of elite teams in the NFL. Schaub is a cemented pro-bowler averaging a passer rating of 90 since he's taken the helm in Houston in 2007. However his health has become a concern in Houston. If he, and his big time wide out Andre Johnson can stay healthy look for him to have some pretty impressive numbers.
Thanks for reading today's Gold & Silver QB rankings. I will have the Gold & Silver RBs available soon.
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