With the recent release of the Nike Field Generals Collection highlighting what it means to be a leader on the field, it’s as good a time as ever to rank the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Nowadays, because of rule changes, forward-thinking minds, and deep playbooks, it’s more important than ever to have a great signal caller if you hope to win. Look at what happened to the Colts without Peyton Manning or Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers. You can win with a great defense or a solid running game or an experience front office, but you always win with a great quarterback.
So where does your team’s QB rank among the game’s best? We’re counting down the top 10.
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One of the best competitors at this position in the league, Rivers has kept San Diego competitive ever since he took over the spot in 2006. In seven of those eight seasons, the Chargers went at least .500 and the one year they didn’t, they still won seven games. It’s obvious Rivers can quarterback a successful team, and last year he threw every pass for San Diego as they won five of six to finish the season. That pushed them into the playoffs, where they won a Wild Card Game and then nearly upset Denver.
Rivers led the entire league in completion percentage at 69.5, and finished second among full-time QBs in Total QBR. Quietly, the 6-5 stud had the best season of his career, and improved the little things, such as not fumbling anymore (just one after coughing it up 13 times in 2012) and pushed the ball downfield more often than he did in the two prior years.
So why is it that franchise decision-makers still see him a step below elite? I have no idea. I’m betting a Super Bowl win would mean more to Rivers’ legacy than anyone else on this list right now.