Every year, before the NFL season starts, many reporters and analysts put out their top players in certain positions. The quarterback position is always a big one. There is one list out there, however, that I am in complete disagreement over. That is one of former NFL QB Chris Simms. Simms is an analyst for NBCSports and his list this year is way off point. Let us look at why. In the end, I will leave my Top 40 quarterbacks as well.
(Below is an image of the list for your viewing pleasure while you read)
Rookies Before Veteran Starters
How do you place a quarterback, who has never taken a snap in the league, before a legit starter? Simms currently has Joe Burrow ranked as the 26th QB in the NFL. Now I understand the prospective talent. However, Burrow has yet to take a snap in the league. There is no way we should be considering him better than Teddy Bridgewater, Nick Foles, Dwayne Haskins, and Tyrod Taylor. Thus. He should be no higher than 32 (named starter for Cincinnati Bengals). Simms even has rookie QB Justin Herbert, who may not even start, ahead of Haskins and Mitchell Trubisky.
Are these QBs talented? Yes! Are they going to start? At least one will for now. Nonetheless, that does not give them the right, alone, to be above a player who has been in the league multiple years or who has starting experience. Heck, he even puts these players above QBs who have been starters and are now running back up. In my opinion, you have to earn your positioning on a chart like this.
Starting Quarterbacks Below 32
There should not be a starting QB below position 32 on this list. You want to place a player like Joe Burrow at 32 since he is named a starter, fine. Jarrett Stidham at 31, which is fine; Stidham needs to earn his stripes. Haskins at 30, OK. Gardner Minshew at 29, great! Nevertheless, these quarterbacks should not below 32. They are starters and at least have earned the respect of being in the top 32 of this league.
Backups Ahead of Starters
Again, Simms has quarterbacks like Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick (possible backup), Case Keenum, Jameis Winston, Cam Newton (Free Agent), and Taysom Hill ahead of players who were starters in 2019. Most of these players have been starters previously and their talent suggests that they could be starters again. However, they are backups or free agents for a reason. Youth is taking over the quarterback position. That is why the veteran is taking a back seat. They should still be in a spot above a rookie but never a starter, no matter how bad a young starter may be.
Kyler Murray at 12
SERIOUS! I will admit Murray had a solid year in 2019 as the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. There is good reason to believe that he could be in the MVP talks as a second-year pro. The Arizona Cardinals are going to be a productive offense and football team. Especially with the additions of Isaiah Simmons and DeAndre Hopkins. Nevertheless, to place Murray at 12 ahead of quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers leaves me scratching my head. Brady is a six-time Super Bowl Champion. Is a second-year player better than a six-time Super Bowl Champ?
To wrap this up, no, this is not an All-Time Greats QB list. It is a list of top 40 quarterbacks heading into 2020. Therefore, that places some QBs ahead of others. Although, it still does not validate a non-starting rookie above the top 31. Nor does it validate a starting quarterback not being in the top 32.
My Top 40 Quarterbacks
|1. Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)||21. Tyrod Taylor (Los Angeles Chargers)|
|2. Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)||22. Derek Carr (Las Vegas Raiders)|
|3. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)||23. Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns)|
|4. Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)||24. Daniel Jones (New York Giants)|
|5. Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens)||25. Sam Darnold (New York Jets)|
|6. Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)||26. Drew Lock (Denver Broncos)|
|7. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)||27. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Miami Dolphins)|
|8. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)||28. Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago Bears)|
|9. Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles)||29. Gardner Minshew (Jacksonville Jaguars)|
|10. Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)||30. Dewayne Haskins (Washington Redskins)|
|11. Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)||31. Jarrett Stidham (New England Patriots)|
|12. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)||32. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals)|
|13. Philip Rivers (Indianapolis Colts)||33. Cam Newton (Free Agent)|
|14. Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans)||34. Andy Dalton (Dallas Cowboys)|
|15. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers)||35. Nick Foles (Chicago Bears)|
|16. Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers)||36. Case Keenum (Cleveland Browns)|
|17. Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams)||37. Taysom Hill (New Orleans Saints)|
|18. Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)||38. Jameis Winston (New Orleans Saints)|
|19. Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals)||39. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)|
20. Teddy Bridgewater (Carolina Panthers)
|40. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)|
While Chris Simms has some great takes on many of the QBs, players, and teams in the NFL, this one leaves us scratching our heads.
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