We back babyyy! The NFL season is approaching. Last year, I wasn’t sure if the NFL would even make it through the season. Now…we’re onto 2021. If there is something I love about the NFL, it is the quarterback position and we have a changing of the guard at the position. There is plenty of young and elite talent in the NFL. Now is as competitive time as any to be a starting quarterback.
For the first time since starting my blog, Tom Brady was ranked outside of the top 5 last year in the preseason. However, I did say the Bucs were instant Super Bowl contenders with Brady and I thought he would be back in the top 5 by season’s end and that his regression was overstated. Have I mentioned how much I love being right?
10. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Last Season Stats: 65.3%, 2,688 yards, 13 TDs, 5 INTs
Previous Rank: Unranked
Burrow’s excellent rookie campaign was ultimately derailed by a horrible injury just 10 games into his career. He spent most of rookie season running for his life being pressured on 24.1% of his drop backs. He was hit 47 times, being sacked 32 of them. Considering the amount of time he spent running, he was certainly doing his part to keep the Bengals in games. I am excited to see year 2 with Burrow since he was reunited with former LSU teammate Ja’maar Chase. In addition, he seem to have built solid chemistry in year one with Tyler Boyd and fellow rookie Tee Higgins.
9. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Last Season Stats: 66.6%, 4,336 yards 31 TDs 10 INTs
Previous Rank: Unranked
Even more impressive in his rookie campaign was Chargers QB Justin Herbert. He absolutely sold me watching his performance against the Saints last year. Dealing with even more pressure than Burrow, Herbert felt pressure on 28.7% of his drop backs. It didn’t phase him at all putting up the best rookie season ever. One of the things I love about him that made him so impressive is his arm under pressure. I watched him throw too many dimes last season while back pedaling from pressure, especially in the game against the Saints I mentioned. I thought there was no way he would be able to withstand the season playing at THAT high of a level. Boy, was I wrong.
8. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Last Season Stats: 64.4%, 2,757 yards, 26 TDs, 9 INTs – 1,005 Rush Yards, 7 TDs
Previous Rank: 6
Another year, another dud in the postseason when defenses tighten up. If the Ravens want to take a step forward, Jackson is going to have to step up in the playoffs. The problem with getting rid of him is you’re not finding another QB with his skillset. His ability to run makes him an absolute game changer for the Ravens which allows them to pile on wins for the regular season. Jackson is 30-7 as a starter. That is not something you find often. Because of his regular season success and versatility, it would be a complete injustice for him to not be in the top 10 QBs.
7. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Last Season Stats: 68.0%, 1,856 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs
Previous Rank: 8
Insert comments about how terrible he is because of the star on his helmet. The Cowboys offense with Dak averaged 31 points, 510 yards and 407 passing yards. The Cowboys without Dak…ooooof. They averaged 21 points, 320 yards and 205 passing yards. Say what you will, but there is absolutely no denying his importance and how much of an impact he makes.
6. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Last Season Stats: 69.2%, 4,544 yards, 37 TDs, 10 INTs – 8 Rushing TDs
Previous Rank: Unranked
You look at those numbers and they scream MVP…until you realize how deep the QB crop is. Allen is leaps and bounds better than when he first came into the league. He is still every bit the gamer he was when he first got to the NFL. However, he is an infinitely more polished version of that. Last year, the addition of Stefon Diggs unlocked what he can do as well as what Diggs can do. It is hard for me to find a QB who in his first three years dramatically improved to the magnitude in which Allen has. One of my favorite stats on Allen is the bad throw %. It is a measure for the number of off-target throws. The best QBs in the league are around 13% with the average being about 17-18%. Allen went from 25.7% to 20.3% to 16.0%. That shows how erratic he was and how consistent he now is.
5. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Season Stats: 65.7%, 4,633 yards, 40 TDs, 12 INTs
Previous Rank: 7
Remember when everyone said he was too old and he was losing it? God, you people are fucking stupid. People didn’t want to listen when I said the receivers couldn’t get open and the offensive line couldn’t block. At 43, your QB should not be leading the league in air yards and doing so successfully. Tom Brady is the definitive GOAT for a reason.
4. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans?
Last Season Stats: 70.2%, 4,823 yards, 33 TDs, 7 INTs
Previous Rank: 3
No telling the future of Deshaun Watson as there is a question mark amid the massage harassments cases. If he does in fact suit up, there is no denying his ability as a QB, especially seeing how he performed without DeAndre Hopkins. The problem is no matter how talented, it is hard to overcome the dumpster fire that is the Texans.
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers?
Last Season Stats: 70.7%, 4,299 yards, 48 TDs, 5 INTs
Previous Rank: 4
Another big question mark is the reigning MVP. Does he play a game for the Packers or force his way out? If he does, I don’t blame him considering how much the Packers have failed to draft offensive weapons. I do remember a few years ago when people questioned him much like they did Brady. Angry Aaron Rodgers is not to be fucked with. Rodgers continues to set the football world on fire with an ungodly TD to INT ratio. 16 seasons in and a career TD to INT ratio of 4.6 is absolutely stupid.
2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Last Season Stats: 68.8%, 4,212 yards, 40 TDs, 13 INTs
Previous Rank: 2
Oh Russ. He continues to win plenty of games despite a miserable offensive line and awful defense. Last season, he was on a collision course with his first MVP and damn it I was rooting for him. After a rough 4-5 game stretch during the middle of the season, it inevitably went to Aaron Rodgers. Chalk it up as another great year for Wilson. No matter what the roster or supporting cast looks like, Wilson wins and he is productive. He is 9 seasons in and has yet to have a losing season. He has thrown at least 30 TDs in 5 of the last 6 of those years. He has only been in that top 10 in pass attempts in just two of those seasons.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Last Season Stats: 66.3%, 4,740 yards, 38 TDs, 6 INTs
Previous Rank: 1
There is no change for the top of the class. Even in a 31-9 loss in the Super Bowl, Mahomes still found ways to make your jaw hit the floor. He is far and away the most talented to ever suit up as a quarterback in the NFL. He has more accomplishments and accolades in 3 years as a starter than most QBs have in their entire careers. He has a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP, a league MVP and has yet to miss out on a conference championship. As it stands now, he is the only QB in NFL history with a TD to INT ratio of 4.0 or more next to Aaron Rodgers.
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