2010 NFL Starting Quarterback Power Rankings
Quarterback is the most important position in all of sports, and below is our rating of all 32 (predicted) starting quarterbacks for 2010.
32. Brian Brohm, Buffalo Bills
Will Brohm win the starting job in Buffalo? It really doesn’t matter who starts for the Bills–they will be last on our list.
31. Jake Delhomme, Cleveland Browns
Delhomme was once a starting Super Bowl QB. Now the only way he will get back to a Super Bowl is to buy a ticket.
30. Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland Raiders
Although there are reports that Jamarcus Russell has changed his ways, we still believe Gradkowski gives Oakland the best chance to win.
29. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers transitioned to a spread offense over the second half of last season and it served Smith quite well. Let’s see how he performs after an entire offseason in the system.
28. Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams
Bulger’s demise is a perfect example of what can happen to a quarterback with no offensive line.
27. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Bucs
Freeman showed poise and leadership in his rookie season, even leading Tampa Bay on a game-winning drive against Green Bay.
26. Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos
The Broncos have claimed that Orton will remain their starter, but he is on a short leash with Brady Quinn now waiting in the wings.
25. Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals
Leinart finally gets his chance to start, although he will have to hold off free agent acquisition Derek Anderson.
24. Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins
Judging Campbell’s ability is extremely difficult because of his porous offensive line. On a different team, who knows what he would do?
23. David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars
Garrard’s time as a starting NFL quarterback is slipping away. He needs to pray the Jags don’t select Tim Tebow. Perhaps he should just tell Tebow and he can relay the message directly to Jesus.
22. Matt Moore, Carolina Panthers
We have high expectations for Matt Moore. He is only this low on the list due to inexperience.
21. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
2010 will be a defining year for Cassel. Is he a future NFL star or was he simply a one-hit wonder in New England?
20. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks
There is an outside chance Hasselbeck isn’t even the opening day starter, although Seattle will likely attempt to slowly incorporate Charlie Whitehurst into the lineup.
19. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
We didn’t like Stafford coming out of college in ’09, but he grew on us. His ability to play through pain against Cleveland was admirable.
18. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
When Mark Sanchez wasn’t busy eating hot dogs on the sideline during his rookie season, he enjoyed great success. The expectations for him this season are through the roof.
17. Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
We may be in the minority, but we believe Henne has that ‘it’ factor. He is poised to have a big year in 2010.
16. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Cutler is so streaky that Chicago has no chance of going far in the playoffs (or even making it) unless he becomes more conservative.
15. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles
McNabb is certainly talented, but he has yet to show that he can lead a team to a championship. A quarterback without leadership skills is just a passer.
14. Vince Young, Tennessee Titans
Young’s career has been a roller coaster thus far. Despite his off-field struggles, however, he usually just finds a way to win.
13. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
With a new arsenal of weapons outside, Flacco is poised to take a big step forward in 2010. We’ll see if he can handle the pressure.
12. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals
Carson has been quiet the past few years. His time is running out to prove he is a winner and not just a stat guy.
11. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Like Aaron Rodgers, Schaub has put up some huge numbers. To take his game to the next level, he must get Houston to the playoffs.
10. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan came back to reality a bit in his second season after a stellar rookie campaign. Still, he is ahead of the pace for most third-year quarterbacks.
Note: There sure are a lot of “Matt’s” starting at QB in the NFL. This is the 7th, meaning over 20 percent of the league’s starting quarterbacks go by the moniker.
9. Eli Manning, New York Giants
If it was not for one magical season, fans would likely be calling for Eli’s head. He simply has not played at an elite level since losing Plaxico Burress.
8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Who has the highest passer rating in NFL history? Joe Montana? Peyton Manning? It belongs to Rodgers, believe it or not.
7. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo gets a lot of heat, but he is just behind Rodgers with the fourth-highest passer rating in the history of the NFL. He will win a championship before his career is over.
6. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
We love the fire Rivers displays each and every week. The man played an entire game on a torn knee.
5. Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
We expect a lot of harsh words for placing Favre so low on our list, but his offseason antics have just grown old.
4. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Times are tough for Roethlisberger right now, and his future in Pittsburgh may even be uncertain. On the field, though, he is a leader and a winner.
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees is on the top of the world right now. Let’s see how he and the Saints respond next season after tasting success.
2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Did Peyton need to win Super Bowl 44 to be considered one of the top two or three quarterbacks ever? Only time will tell, but his 9-9 postseason record is the difference between him and Brady.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
The Brady/Manning debate causes blood to boil, but there is really no debate in our minds. Brady is king.
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