Ok, so any rational person's top 5 list begins as follows:
2. Tom Brady
Who gets the remaining 3 slots? To me, #3 is obvious as well (though some may disagree):
3. Drew Brees
After this we get into debatable territory. What makes a QB elite? It can't be just stats. It has to be things like performance under pressure, value added to the team, et cetera. MNF right now has a discussion of whether Eli Manning belongs in the top 5. I think he's close, but not quite there. To me, the next slot is:
4. Philip Rivers (yes, there's only one L there)
This guy has been a gamer with awesome stats for many years. He plays with torn knee ligaments. He does well in big games, but has just never made it over the hump. And after this, the 5th slot has to go to:
He could be as high as 3, I wouldn't have a problem with that. Like I said, the last 3 slots are open to debate.
To me, there are three other people who might also belong on this list: Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick, and Eli Manning. That's the only remaining debate. Guys like Sam Bradford, Matt Stafford, or Matt Ryan might make this list in the near future. But for now this is where we are.
I think it's also worth noting here that the top 5 are all really pocket passers. Rodgers is the only one who is remotely mobile, and his rushing is a pure accessory. Whatever Chan may think is the future of QBing, we're still solidly in the age of the pocket passer. Oh, and BTW -- the top 3 QB's in the next draft -- Luck, Jones, and Barkley -- are all pocket passers.
Who are your picks for top 5? Who's on the bubble? (Note: You may not pick Tim Tebow.)