Prior to the season, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski put together his rankings of the top 30 quarterbacks in the NFL. He has since provided a rundown of his top quarterbacks after a quarter of the season. Thanks to Eric Branch for tweeting this out. Jaws' preseason rankings are in parenthesis.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (1)
2. Tom Brady, Patriots (3)
3. Eli Manning, Giants (5)
4. Peyton Manning, Broncos (4)
5. Drew Brees, Saints (2)
6. Matt Ryan, Falcons (11)
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (6)
8. Joe Flacco, Ravens (9)
9. Matt Schaub, Texans (13)
10. Philip Rivers, Chargers (7)
11. Tony Romo, Cowboys (10)
12. Michael Vick, Eagles (12)
13. Jay Cutler, Bears (8)
14. Andy Dalton, Bengals (19)
15. Matthew Stafford, Lions (14)
16. Alex Smith, 49ers (16)
I would bet most of the money I have (not exactly that much) that there is disagreement with this list. There is always difference of opinion on the Internet. I'll pause while you recover from that bombshell.
Ranking "the best" quarterbacks is entirely subjective. It is one thing to rank quarterbacks based on their ability in specific aspects of the quarterbacking game can move towards objective. It will never be perfect, but you can provide a bit of concrete evidence in a specific set of situations. In ranking quarterbacks best to worst, there are so many factors involved that it is hard to come up with a concrete list. Thus the joy of opinions!
I realize this is almost a troll-ish type question, but given the respect Ron Jaworski gets in many circles, I am curious what people think of his list.