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In the past week, many professionals and fans alike have been discussing who are the top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL. A lot of the controversy has been centered on our beloved New England Patriot, Tom Brady. Now this is not question about statistics, because in that case Brady would only be a top 10 quarterback and Matthew Stafford or Tony Romo could make the top 5. One has to take into consideration the lack of a receiving corps and a lousy offensive line the Patriots had last year. And even with those deficiencies, the Patriots finished the year 12-4, and won its way to the AFC championship game.
However, let’s be honest here, Brady is not the unanimous MVP force he was 5 years ago; his skills have worsened slightly. Brady is having less wherewithal in the pocket (which does not help with his lack of mobility already), and is having more just plain inaccurate passes that leaves Pats’ fans scratching their heads asking, “How did that happen?” I should clarify, Brady still has the perennial “IT” to win games, but it may not be as evident as five years ago.
But back to the issue at hand, let’s say pick the best five quarterbacks to lead you into the playoffs and win a championship. It is like Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” Those elite QBs have to be Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and the last one is up for interpretation, but for the sake of argument, I would say Philip Rivers. Some critics have said Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson should take Brady’s spot on the top 5, but this accusation cannot be met yet.
Luck and Wilson will be top 5 quarterbacks when Brady and Manning call it quits. Wilson and Luck are just on the outside looking in. Firstly, they simply have not played long enough to really be considered. They are entering their third year in the pros, and have not won an MVP or wowed anybody with their stats. However, Luck is building his legend with stunning comebacks victories, and Wilson won the most recent Super Bowl.
But Luck’s regular season seemed to almost unravel when he lost Reggie Wayne (Indy almost lost to the Texans and Titans and could not win against a good team), and Wilson had a great running game complimented with a stellar defense. Once Luck can get that MVP or Super Bowl title and Wilson can show he is the catalyst to his team’s success, that is when these QBs will be in the upper echelon.
And Luck and Wilson will be in this coveted group, you just have to give them time. Brady is entering his 16th season, while Luck and Wilson have not even shown their best stuff yet. Brady and Manning will pass their respective torches to Wilson and Luck when the time comes, but it is just not now in 2014.