1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
Rodgers is the best there is, I had Tom Brady at this spot for years, but I now believe the king has been dethroned. Rodgers is hands down the most accurate passer in the league. Watching him throw the football is a thing of beauty. Rodgers complied over 4200 yards passing and threw 39 TDs in 2012. He is also undeniable one of the best quarterbacks when under pressure. One of his traits that is overlooked is his mobility, Rodgers can make plays on his feet.
2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
Rodgers may be the best, but Tom Brady is still the NFL’s model quarterback. Brady possesses dead-on accuracy and can zip balls in tight windows. His stats are still of perfection after all these years as well. His throwing mechanics are perfect. Rodgers gets the slight edge, because he’s won a Super Bowl more recently and is a more mobile QB.
3. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
Many analysts doubted that Peyton Manning could return from neck surgery and play at an elite level. Here we are a year later, and we now know that Peyton is still Peyton. Manning did get off to a rocky start in 2012, but came back swinging and put together another great season. Manning’s accuracy was off the mark early, but his thread the needle accuracy was back in full form by mid-season. His lack of mobility puts him behind Brady and Rodgers. Manning is perhaps the last great immobile quarterback. Look for Manning to have another great season in 2013, and perhaps even take his team to a Super Bowl.
4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
Brees and the Saints offense struggled in 2012, of course it was just an overall abnormal season without head coach Sean Payton. Brews threw an astonishingly high amount of interceptions. Brees seemed to become to easily rattled under pressure at times in 2012. His ability to move throughout the pocket was still evident, but something just wasn’t right. Overall, Brees put together another great performance in 2012, but I expect 2013 will be a better year for him.
5. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben keeps the Steelers running. Before getting hurt against the Chiefs on a Monday night game, Big Ben was putting together an MVP- like season. Following his injury, the Steelers completely fell part and ultimately missed the playoffs. Big Ben may be the best QB in the league when under pressure. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, Roethlisberger led the league in completion percentage when under pressure last season. Most QBs would not be able to have the kind of success he’s had behind atrocious offensive lines; that’s something nobody seems to take into consideration.