From left to right: Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford.

RP's Quarterback Rankings Preview

Tomorrow, I am set to start my annual quarterback rankings. But first, a little sneak peak of what will come.

I’ve decided to make a few changes to the format of how I’m doing things this year. First, I’ll put out one quarterback each weekday (besides 4th of July) instead of every other day. I’m also using a different point scale than last year’s to grade QBs – this year’s scale is out of 100 points:

/30 — accuracy & anticipation

/15 — arm talent

/20 — mechanics

/20 — decision making

/5 — mobility

/10 — intangibles & mental make-up

That’s a major step up from last year’s 50-point scale, where I recorded physical traits and athleticism, arm talent, mechanics, mental make-up, and intangibles (ten points for each category).

For reference, this was last year’s list of rankings:

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Tom Brady
  5. Matt Ryan
  6. Eli Manning
  7. Joe Flacco
  8. Andrew Luck
  9. Robert Griffin III
  10. Ben Roethlisberger
  11. Colin Kaepernick
  12. Russell Wilson
  13. Tony Romo
  14. Cam Newton
  15. Matt Schaub
  16. Jay Cutler
  17. Matthew Stafford
  18. Andy Dalton
  19. Philip Rivers
  20. Alex Smith
  21. Ryan Tannehill
  22. Sam Bradford
  23. Carson Palmer
  24. Nick Foles
  25. Josh Freeman
  26. Christian Ponder
  27. Brandon Weeden
  28. Chad Henne
  29. Mark Sanchez
  30. Jake Locker
  31. Kevin Kolb
  32. Matt Flynn

Linking all of those names to their articles from last year took an eternity. Anyway, in this year’s articles, I’ll include how far each quarterback rose or fell, so right next to the name, it’ll look something like “Player X, team Y (+4)”. Based on the 2013 season, the worst three drops were -17(!), -12, and -10, while the most significant improvements were +16, +11, and +10.

These rankings are based solely on each quarterbacks’ performance in 2013; I am not basing any of my opinions on how a quarterback played in 2012, or 2010, or 2007 (sorry, Tom Brady fans). So don’t blow up my comments if Brady isn’t ranked first or second, or if Eli Manning isn’t ranked among the “elite” signal-callers (spoiler!). So how did I come up with these rankings? No, I didn’t base them off stats. I actually used the stats of each quarterback to figure out which games to watch — I watched the three statistically worst and best games for each QB, and I based my opinions off of the film.

Lastly, I’ve decided to leave the rookies out of this, since these rankings are based on only the 2013 NFL season. Therefore, it would be unfair to grade the rookies after what they did in college against the veterans who played in a tougher league (obviously). Last year, I didn’t project any rookies to start, so I was able to begin at 32 with Matt Flynn of the Raiders, whom I projected to start. So for Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Derek Carr, see you next year (I’m projecting all of them to start on day one this season). Because of this, I’ll be starting at 28 instead of 32 this year.

Stay tuned tomorrow for number 28.

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