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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  • FesterFoot43

    All I know is that Russell Wilson is going to be ranked higher than #12.

    • Rishi Pochiraju


  • Jacob

    LOL! Matt Schaub at 15.

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      That was last year haha.

      • Jacob

        lol I get you, I’m just laughing at how opinion changes so drastically in such a short time.

        • Rishi Pochiraju

          Matt Schaub got so drastically worse in such a short time.

  • bk

    Kapernick is just the second or third best rapist on the list…

    • Travis Crouch

      That’s last year’s list

    • Jordin F.

      Hahaha, even after reports have already cleared Kaep’s name you think your joke is funny!

      • bk

        Roethisberger was never charged at all and got 6 games….
        My point is that Goodell is a tool who favors some teams and hates some… he is a Baltimore lover…. SF? IDK…
        At least K. can pay his hookers now… or have Ray Rice come by and knock em out… Or Ray Lewis come by and stab em…

    • trinity

      That’s a lame ass joke.

      • bk

        Bet you thought it was funny when it was Roethlisberger though…

        • trinity

          CK was cleared on that non story, so I take it you’re salty because he beat your team most likely

          • bk

            Doesn’t matter… my point is that you were using the same jokes on another teams QB… but, when it is your guy.. then it is offensive… hippocrite…

          • trinity

            *hypocrite is the correct spelling. Second, i never said the rothliesberger situation is funny, so I’m not sure who you’re referring to. Third, it doesn’t matter? Lol who’s your team?

  • Johnny

    Tannehill will rank much higher!!! Even, while being sacked 58 times… He still threw for almost 4,000 yds.. Ranked 9th in passing yards in the NFL… Jumping ATLEAST 6-7 spots.. And next year?? With this new Offense.. Top 10 next year..

  • Michael

    Mechanics 20% ? Rivers prob gets a zero? But still can sling it, sooooooooo? And a Rivers also gets nothing for mobility. That’s 25% of the score!

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      You may be surprised where I have Rivers ranked. You’ll have to wait a bit. I won’t spoil it.

    • philiprules

      didn’t Dan Fouts say something along the lines of “I don’t care if he throws it underhand, he completes 67% of his passes” when the Chargers got Rivers outta college?

      • Michael

        Rivers is one of the best in the NFL! I was just saying that 25% of the rating is not Philip’s game, So this ranking system will rank him lower. Take those 2 away and got be ranked in the top 2 or 3.

  • David

    The fact that you had Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and a horrendous RGme in the top ten made this list an utter joke…

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      That’s last year’s list man. It will obviously be different this year. All 3 deserved top 10 rankings at the end of 2012.

  • Randy Judy

    This guy is a fool

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      If you are referring to the list in the post, that was last year’s rankings…so maybe you should read the article before commenting haha.

  • Cool Jack

    Just stats… girls (like you act and comment)….Rankings without an opinion…unbiased….of course most of you haters do not get that word….!

  • NYCowboysFan

    Romo has been a top 5 his entire career. This guys rankings are a joke.

    • trinity

      Top 5? What?? Hahahaha. The guy hasn’t been to the playoffs in 4 years! The top 5 in this league is Peyton, Tom, Aaron, Drew, and big Ben. Are you going to say with a straight face that you would take Romo over those 5 winners?

  • William Scott Eltzroth

    Did the stats for Brandon Weeden include his 3 or 4 under handed passes thrown intercepted and lost the games for the Browns used here?

  • anon76returns

    Yeah, not sure how you translate game tapes into scores, but if 1 bad Peyton throw during all the games you watched equates to a half-point docking on his mechanics score (which moved him from T-2nd down to 3rd), I think your system is a bit flawed. Manning pretty much defines the perfect throwing motion. I’d also argue that with the # of INTs that Brees threw in 2012 either his mental makeup/intangibles score should have suffered more than it did.

  • OP Bolt

    Rishi – Kudos to you for at least having the self respect to publicly evaluate your 2013 predictions. Not many in the blogosphere or the pontificating buffoons on TV are willing to do so. Of course, when you post your predictions for next year, based on your assessment of 2013, I reserve the right to kick and scream like everyone else about what a bonehead you are :).

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      They’re evaluations of the previous year, not predictions for the upcoming year. So last year’s rankings were based solely on 2012 play; likewise, this year’s rankings will be based only on the 2013 season.

  • scott steven

    I see that Rodgers and Brees had a much better season than Manning. Manning only went to sb was 13-3 set almost ALL QB offensive records but hey this is one man’s opinion. We will see how the top 2 from last year do this year.

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      I’ll tell you right now that only one QB in my top 10 last year stayed in the same spot. The other 9 moved around a bit. Some moved out of the top 10, some stayed.

  • mike

    Agree with you on the four qtb’s. I cannot help but wonder if there isn’t going to be one of those unofficial hits put on Manziel after all his goofiness. Sure glad the V’s took Bridgewater rather than him, pro’s don’t like that college crap.

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Forget the off-field stuff, what a person does with his life off the field is no concern to me if I’m a GM unless he’s getting into trouble. Manziel hasn’t had any legitimate trouble at all. Having said this, I’d still take Bridgewater over Manziel because the former was simply a better on-field prospect than the latter. The “bad pro day” doesn’t really matter to me; Teddy did it for three years at Louisville, and he’s the most pro-ready IMO. I think he’ll fare well in Minnesota.

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  • johngol

    flacco, eli manning, griffin iii and ryan ahead of rothlesberger are they stoned??? look at what they are ranked on???? nobody has better intangibles, he’s mobile, arm and accuracy…..his decision making is lacking…..3 superbowls and 2 wins