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bobref

Greatest NFL QBs of All Time

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Having played the position, albeit at a rudimentary level, I have always been fascinated by the play of NFL quarterbacks. I think it's undeniably the hardest position at which to excel in all of sports. There are any number of lists of QBs. What's yours? I'd like to see lists that are formed without regard to stats or championships, necessarily. The former is heavily dependent on the era in which the QB played. The latter has so many variables involved that I don't think it's a true measure of proficiency at the position. Here are my top five:

5. Dan Marino - arguably the best pure passer in the bunch. Quickest release ever.

4. Johnny Unitas - Feel sorry for the youngsters who never saw this guy. IMO he was the one who opened the world's eyes to what the forward pass could do for a team. If he played today, he'd be a 5,000 yd. passer every year.

3. Tom Brady - Phenomenal accuracy. Classic form. A great field general and leader of men.

2. Peyton Manning - The best reader of defenses we've ever seen. The easiest job in the NFL is to be the O-Coordinator on his team.

1. Joe Montana - The most accurate passer of all time. "Joe Cool" was the guy you wanted with the ball if you needed that last drive to pull out a win. Best "big game" QB of all time.

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If we are to disregard stats and championships then what is the criteria? Lol if I had to make a list based on all other areas I would go with this

1. Peyton Manning

2. Dan Marino

3. Joe Montana

4. Tom Brady

5. John Elway

Now if I had to rank them with all things in the mix, stats, championships etc I would go with

1. Joe Montana

1b. Tom Brady

2. Peyton Manning

3. John Elway

4. Dan Marino

If I had to win ONE playoff game, the championship of all games, I would be totally fine with Joe Cool or Tom Terrific

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I just ranked mine according to my assessment of who is the best. In the parlance of the NCAA Football Playoff Selection Committee, I used the "eye test."

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5. Akili Smith

4. Andre Ware

3. Todd Marinovich

2. Ryan Leaf

1. JaMarcus Russell

This is nothing to joke about.

Besides, you omitted my personal favorite, Cade McNown.

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This is nothing to joke about.

Besides, you omitted my personal favorite, Cade McNown.

wow this could be another thread altogether!!!!

 

seriously my top 5 would be

5. "Slingin" Sammy Baugh or Johnny Unitas

4. Tom Brady

3. Payton Manning

2. Joe Cool

1. Dan Marino

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5. Akili Smith

4. Andre Ware

3. Todd Marinovich

2. Ryan Leaf

1. JaMarcus Russell

Sorry. I'm meant to give this a green arrow and accidentally hit the red arrow. My apologies.

Too funny!

Coach E

This is nothing to joke about.

Besides, you omitted my personal favorite, Cade McNown.

Don't forget David Klinger.

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My order is probably Montana, Unitas, Brady, Manning, and Marino. I think that Aaron Rodgers has the potential to show up on this list someday.

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1. Joe Montana

2. Tom Brady

3. Peyton Manning

4. Dan Marino

5. John Elway

 

I would have Unitas right there....and although few mention Bradshaw, leading a team to a 4-0 record in Super Bowls has to mean something.

 

Others in the top 10 for me would include Dan Fouts, and Roger Staubach.  I am debating Drew Brees vs. Brett Favre, and I agree with Andy....Aaron Rogers will be on the list if he continues what he's doing for a few more years.

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Otto Graham

Bobby Layne

Daryl Lamonica

Joe Kapp

Billy Kilmer

Old school. Although Otto Graham would definitely be in my Top 10.

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Pretty good assessments here I would say. Aaron Rodgers certainly is on track to be near this list and I would also say that judging strictly on the "eye test" it's tough to beat Elway. Mobile, smart, and an absolute cannon

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For me, the indispensable quality is leadership. All of the players mentioned, at least the serious ones, were great leaders who inspired confidence in their teammates. You can "play" wide receiver, or linebacker, or running back. But you don't "play" quarterback. You "are" a quarterback.

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Why is no one mentioning Johnny Manziel? He is all I have heard abut all season.

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