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Top 100 Players of 2014: Ranking the 14 Quarterbacks Who Made the List

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Right now, NFL Network is continuing their annual tradition of ranking the Top 100 players in game, based on the "player's vote."


It's an entertaining, albeit, completely flawed system that produces predictably poor results. "Perception of accomplishment" supercedes on-the-field performance, as the player's inability to develop a consistent, reliable criteria begins to seep through the cracks. It's often been referred to as a "hype-list"—a moniker earned by the eventual results. Of the 14 quarterbacks who made the list, nine have already been revealed. The remaining passers—Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson—will likely finish in that order. But how closely does the player's list correlate with actual performance on the field?


The Top 14 Quarterbacks of 2014 (Players' List)

  1. Peyton Manning
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Aaron Rodgers
  5. Russell Wilson
  6. Cam Newton
  7. Andrew Luck
  8. Ben Roethlisberger
  9. Philip Rivers
  10. Joe Flacco
  11. Nick Foles
  12. Tony Romo
  13. Colin Kaepernick
  14. Matthew Stafford

The QBS system measures areas of production, accuracy, efficiency and ball protection to produce a quarterback's seasonal score. You learn the difference between a quarterback who ranks 16th in AN-YPA (Andrew Luck) and a quarterback who ranks 1st (Nick Foles). You learn the difference between a quarterback who ranks 21st in pass completion percentage (Tom Brady) and a quarterback who ranks 1st (Philip Rivers). It's important to remember, all NFL quarterbacks compete week in and week out to play to the best of their abilities. The tale of the quarterback who "sacrificed big numbers for the betterment of the team" remains one of pop culture's best selling fiction novels. Unproductive, inaccurate, inefficient play at the quarterback positon is not an elite asset. "Success by contributing less" is the product of team support and circumstance. See: Russell Wilson (ranked 12th in QBS in 2013), Colin Kaepernick (ranked 14th in QBS in 2013) and Cam Newton (ranked T-16th in QBS in 2013).


Sorry Andrew Luck, but 377 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns doesn't compensate for ranking 13th in passing yards and 11th in touchdown passes.


The QBS system values competitive, versatile, consistent performance by quarterbacks. Frequent deficiencies cannot be masked, then forgotton, by virtue of winning-records attained without context—the result of your teammates' dominating efforts. It's not easy to earn QBS points. The Top 14 quarterbacks of 2013 are listed below.


Top 14 Quarterbacks in 2013 (via QBS)


  • Peyton Manning: 37.0
  • Drew Brees: 32.0
  • Philip Rivers: 29.0
  • Nick Foles: 16.0
  • Matt Ryan: 14.0
  • Aaron Rodgers: 13.0
  • Josh McCown: 13.0
  • Matthew Stafford: 11.5
  • Tony Romo: 10.0
  • Andy Dalton: 9.0
  • Ben Roethlisberger: 9.0
  • Russell Wilson: 6.0
  • Tom Brady: 5.0
  • Colin Kaepernick: 3.0

It's a drastically different list than the one we've seen revealed via the player's vote. Nobody cares what Matt Ryan did in 2013 because his injury-riddled offensive unit, 28th ranked defense and 32nd ranked rushing offense only offered enough support for the Falcons to win four games. It's just more entertaining to overlook Russell Wilson's individual contributions behind the support of the league's 1st ranked defense and 4th ranked rushing offense because of his team's storybook conclusion to the season. That's the age we're living in—where the destination, regardless of context, trumps the actual steps taken to get there.

Perception passes for reality—and scores another touchdown.

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