Carl Dukes: Top 5 QB’s In The NFL For 2014
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Some NFL fans are ready to move on from the old guard, not me! Not when the old guard is still producing. When we talk about the top 5 QB’s int he NFL for 2014 it easy to see why some fans want to put Cam Newton in this category but he’s not…Not yet. He is one of the NFL’s best dual-threat quarterbacks. At 6-foot-6, 260 pounds he is also what we call a “Load” Cam along with Colin Kaepernick have the skills to win it all but both are not considered complete QB’s.
Yes I know that Kap has 17 victories in 23 career starts. Yes I know he has reached two NFC Championship Games and played in a Super Bowl. But the question remains can he make the plays to take his team over the top? I like these two guys a lot but they have yet to crack the top 5.
#5 Andrew Luck
Back-to-back 11-5 seasons in Indianapolis show just how good this young quarterback is at leading a team. Throw in all of the adversity that the Colts have faced during that time (the departure of Peyton Manning, Chuck Pagano’s illness, Reggie Wayne’s torn ACL, etc.) and Luck’s early career is even more impressive. Ask any general manager who they would take right now to be their quarterback for the next five years and they’ll say Luck.
#4 Drew Brees
Brees will forever be remembered as a guy who shattered two NFL myths – that a 6-foot tall quarterback can’t win at the pro level and that the Saints are doomed to failure season after season. Breaking passing record after passing record, while bringing a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans, blew those two theories out of the water. And at the age of 35, Brees doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He remains one of the game’s most-dangerous passers, making the Saints a dangerous team to face on any given week.
# 3 Aaron Rodgers
Without Rodgers in the lineup last season, the Packers struggled to keep their head above water. Then, without a moment to spare, their starting QB returned to lead them to a division title in dramatic fashion. His game-winning TD pass against the Bears in the clincher epitomizes what he brings to the field in Green Bay. Rodgers is a playmaker, a leader and just enough of a gambler to make Mike McCarthy’s offense dangerous. And most of all, he’s a winner, which is what gets him near the top of this list.
#2 Tom Brady
Despite losing almost all of his weapons from a year before, the Patriots quarterback once again posted great numbers, leading New England to a 12-4 record, another AFC East title and a trip to the AFC Championship Game. It was a command performance, perhaps the best of Brady’s Hall of Fame career.
#1 Peyton Manning
In an era when quarterbacks are trying to win games with their rocket arms and elusive feet, Manning takes a different approach; he beats people with his mind. Nobody is better at throwing the football to the right place, at the right time in the perfect spot than the Broncos quarterback. And last season, he proved it, breaking the NFL’s single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns, while leading Denver to the most points in league history. Nobody does it better than Manning. Still.
Where does the Falcons Matt Ryan fall in? Top 10?