The NFL is a quarterback’s league more than ever, as offenses look to spread the field out and throw the ball around. Every season, the debate over which quarterbacks are the best begins to heat up. Have a look at the top 10 quarterbacks right now, heading into the 2013 season. These players have performed very well in recent months.
10. Matt Ryan
Fresh off a new contract with the Atlanta Falcons, Ryan has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league ever since he earned the starting job as a rookie. The lack of playoff success holds him back a bit, but with a solid receiving corps, he should put up nice number in 2013.
9. Russell Wilson
A year ago, Wilson seemed to be nothing more than a backup quarterback in the NFL. After winning the starting job in Seattle in training camp, he helped the team make a nice playoff run. Even more will be expected of the undersized signal caller in 2013, as the Seahawks feel they could possible make a Super Bowl run.
8. Andrew Luck
If his supporting cast was better, Luck might be higher. He should also rise in the rankings as he matures. The second year quarterback got the Colts into the playoffs last season, but repeating that team success could be hard this season.
7. Ben Roethlisberger
The Steelers might have gone jut 8-8 last season, but they had pretty much no running game to rely on. They feel as though that has been fixed in the off season, which means Roethlisberger can get back to controlling the offense.
6. Cam Newton
Known more for his fantasy football skills than actually winning games at this point, the dual threat quarterback is poised for a true breakout season with the Carolina Panthers in 2013. Do not be surprised if his team ends up being one of the most improved.
5. Joe Flacco
He might be overrated according to some, but the defending Super Bowl MVP proved that he was among the elite in 2012. He lost some talent around him, but his playoff prowess gets him into the top five.
4. Peyton Manning
While the spots 5-10 could all be argued, the top four quarterbacks in the league seem to be universally accepted. Manning slides in at #4 because he has the most injury concerns. As great as he was in 2012, he still has a neck that is one hit away from ending his career.
3. Tom Brady
Losing Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker and possibly Rob GRonkowski (at least for half of the season) will hurt the future Hall of Famer, but he will still be one of the best in the business. Brady has done more with less for most of his career, so 2013 will be no different.
2. Drew Brees
The bounty scandal is officially behind New Orleans this season, which means that they are back to full strength. Brees throws a lot of passes each game, and with big targets to target like Jimmy Graham down in the red zone, he could be poised for one of his best seasons ever.
1. Aaron Rodgers
The Green Bay Packers continue to be a true Super Bowl contender each and every season, thanks in large part to the steady play of Aaron Rodgers. Expect more of the same from Rodgers, who remains the best overall quarterback in the NFL.