Because someone has to throw the ball
Author: Ethan Butterfield — contributor
Hey everyone, with the NFL season upon us, I’m going to be looking at the top five NFL quarterbacks going into 2015. Who’s the best of the best? Check out my picks below:
- Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens)
I hesitate to use the words “elite quarterback,” but it’s really difficult not to when describing Joe Flacco. Flacco has had one heck of a career, Super Bowl champion (2013), Super Bowl MVP (2013) and the Baltimore Ravens all-time leader in career wins, passing touchdowns and more. Just last year, in the post-season, he topped Roethlisberger and the Steelers and almost got the better of Tom Brady and the Patriots. It can be said with confidence that if you’re looking to make an impact, Flacco is your guy.
- Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys)
While it is true that Tony Romo has never won a Super Bowl during his career (you can blame the defense for that), it’s not hard to see that he’s a playmaker. A four-time Pro-Bowler and quarterback rating (QBR) leader of 2014, with a rating of 83.6, Tony is that special brand of good that, despite all of his injuries, really makes you glad he’s on the field. He can hang with the best of them and makes it look easy as he does it. Oh, and when he spins around out of the pocket, you better look out for that touchdown.
- Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)
Next up is the Geico Caveman… oh whoops, my bad, I mean Andrew Luck. The starting quarterback for the Colts is a force to be dealt with. He can take a hit and get the ball off, he doesn’t complain when he gets sacked and he’s got incredible vision for finding receivers. He’s the whole package and then some. A three-time Pro-Bowler and the passing touchdown leader of 2014, if he doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring now, he’ll get one soon.
- Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
Aaron Rodgers, the name has become synonymous with “best quarterbacks of all time.” A Super Bowl champion (2011) and Super Bowl MVP, as well as two-time NFL MVP (2011, 2014), it’s no wonder how Rodgers got the job. Well-known for accurate deep throws and bullet like speed when releasing the ball, it’s honestly surprising that he doesn’t have more accomplishments to his name. Rodgers has had several tremendous years in the league and I don’t expect for 2015 to be any different.
- Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
Well I’m going to get torn apart for this one, aren’t I? Tearing aside, Tom Brady is just that good. He’s just that good. Being a four-time Super Bowl champion, three-time Super Bowl MVP and two-time NFL MVP, it’s hard to argue with those stats. But, what about all the controversy surrounding Mr. Brady? At this point in his career it’s basically just noise and, despite all the hate and aggression, he goes out there and does his job. So, even with the pressure and the controversy and all the “gates” (including the most recent of them “HeadSetGate”), Tom Brady is the top guy.
Well there it is, the top five quarterbacks of 2015. I’ll be happy to write more once I get my limbs re-attached.