Top 5 Quarterbacks Going Into The 2014-2015 NFL Season
With the World Cup wrapping up and college and professional football looming, our focus shifts to the most popular sport in our society. Over the next few weeks, I will be ranking the top players at certain positions, starting with the most important position on the football field, the quarterback. The NFL is undoubtedly a quarterback driven league, and this season will be no different. Here are my top 5 QB’s going into this season:
1. Peyton Manning-Denver Broncos
Not sure how you can put anyone else here. Manning had arguably the best season in NFL history for a quarterback last season, throwing for 5477 yards and a record 55 touchdowns. While he was not impressive in the Super Bowl, you cannot take away his dominance over the course of the year. If Manning is to duplicate these numbers, he will need to work as well with Montee Ball, who will take over the starting role as running back, as he did with Knowshon Moreno and successfully get Ball involved in the passing game. Manning also lost one of his favorite targets in Eric Decker, who departed for the Jets. However, Denver did bring in Emmanuel Sanders from Pittsburgh, who could soften the loss of Decker slightly. Manning is not getting any younger, so he will be as determined as every to raise the Lombardi trophy one more time in his career. Look for another unbelievable year from Manning.
2. Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay Packers
While he did miss a good portion of last season due to injury, Rodgers is still a consensus top 5 QB in the league. Mr. Discount Double Check is one of the more clutch players in the league, and in a tough NFC North, he will have to be just that. Give Rodgers a full season, and I think he a chance to have a Manning-type season from last year, he is just simply that good. With Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson as his top targets, Rodgers should feel confident in his targets to go out and get the ball. Health may be an issue, but if he can stay healthy, Rodgers, as he has already shown, is capable of taking the Packers to the promised land and raising the Lombardi trophy once again.
3. Drew Brees-New Orleans Saints
Brees has grown accustomed to putting up ridiculous numbers, throwing for over 5000 yards again last year. Throwing to guys like Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston will give you those numbers, and throw in 1st round pick Brandin Cooks, you could be seeing a “rich get richer” scenario. If it weren’t for Peyton Manning’s season for the ages, Brees likely would have gotten some MVP votes and gotten more recognition for his stellar season. Nonetheless, Brees is showing no signs of slowing down and will likely have another unbelievable season with ridiculous numbers, especially in the Superdome.
4. Tom Brady-New England Patriots
Tom Brady is still a top flight QB no matter how you look at it. He continues to lead his team to division titles and deep into the playoffs year in and year out while putting up some very nice numbers. Last season, Brady threw for 4343 yards and 25 touchdowns, but 11 interceptions, a high number for someone of Brady’s caliber. However, Brady has the clutch gene and is someone you absolutely under no circumstance do not want to give the ball to with under two minutes to go. Brady is still the most clutch quarterback in the league and proves it nearly every time he is given the chance. Look for Brady to win another division title this year and yet again be a major threat to lead the Patriots to another AFC title and Super Bowl.
5. Andrew Luck-Indianapolis Colts
Luck is certainly living up to the hype that comes with being the top overall pick after just two seasons in the league. Last season, Luck cut his interceptions in half and led his team to the playoffs for the second year in a row. With Reggie Wayne healthy again, T.Y. Hilton emerging as a top threat, and Hakeem Nicks signing with the Colts in the offseason, Luck will have no shortage of receivers to throw to and produce some nice stats this season. Indy will certainly be the favorites to win the AFC South, Luck a big reason for that, but this year they will be looking for much more than that. The goal has to be at least an AFC title this season, and with Luck at the helm, this team is capable of doing just that.