Friday, June 22, 2012

Who's The #1 Player in the NFL?

A few weeks back I wrote an article criticizing NFL players for their top 100 NFL Players ranking. I thought that some of their choices were ridiculous and suspect. So who do I feel is the #1 NFL player? If I had one player, in any position, who would I pick?

It should come as no surprise that I would pick a quarterback. I think it's the most important position and one that has the greatest impact to a team and a game. My short list of the best QBs include Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.

Tom Brady
Let's start with Tom Brady. Brady had a great 2011 season and took the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl. He fell just short of winning his 4th Super Bowl championship. I think he'll have another good year in 2012. I just think it will be hard for him to replicate last year's season. I'm also not sure how he would fit in with another team and another system. I rank Brady at #2.

Drew Brees
Let's focus on Drew Brees, who also had a fantastic 2011 season. Brees is the the franchise. If Brees  plays well, the New Orleans Saints have a good shot at going deep into the playoffs. Last year, the Saints were beaten by the San Francisco 49ers in dramatic fashion.

Had the Saints won, I believe they would have defeated the Giants. That means the Saints would have ended up in the Super Bowl. Shoulda, coulda, DIDN"T HAPPEN! While I think Brees is a top tier player, I rank him as the #3 quarterback and #3 NFL player.

To be honest, I don't want to take a player who is in such denial about his own team's potential bountygate involvement. I also don't want to have a guy who compares the NFL bounty evidence to WMD evidence that the USA collected prior to invading Iraq. This guy is a nut job and I couldn't have such a disrespectful and idiotic player as my first choice, if the top 2 players on my list were available.

Eli Manning
How about Eli Manning? Eli won his 2nd Super Bowl this past February. He was the reason his team won. He had a great playoff run and showed his leadership, his talent and his resilience. The issue I have with Eli is his consistency. Last year he had great moments and also had some questionable ones.

On the balance of things, he had a great year but his career has been erratic. I wouldn't want to take that chance. You must be asking yourselves if I lost my marbles. Maybe I have. The guy is a 2 time champion and I wouldn't pick him as my starter? No. I rank him at #4. That's still pretty good and I'm sure the Giants will take that.

Peyton Manning
Now I'll turn my attention to Eli's older brother Peyton. Peyton is arguably the greatest quarterback of the past 20 years. I actually think he's the greatest. So why wouldn't I take the Denver Bronco's quarterback as my starter? I would take him but not if I had the chance at taking the other QBs mentioned above.

The only issue I have with Peyton is his health. While I think he has recovered from his injuries, I'm not sure how he'll handle the constant pounding of an NFL season. For that reason, I rank Peyton at #5.

Aaron Rodgers
Rogers is one year removed from winning his first Super Bowl. Rodgers had one of the greatest regular seasons in the history of the NFL. He was on fire. It was due to his brilliant play, that I and other sports fans thought that the Green Bay Packers were sure bet favorites to win their second consecutive Super Bowl. It's a good thing I'm not a gambler. I would have lost everything.

Rodgers had 45 TDs with only 6 interceptions and a 122.5 Quarterback rating. That TD to interception ratio is insane. Rodgers had the best rating of any quarterback. I rate Rodgers as the #1 player in the NFL. I wouldn't think twice, taking Rogers over the other quarterbacks mentioned above.

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