New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during minicamp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Fan Poll Friday: NFL Network Rankings

The NFL Network top 100 ranking list for this year was completed yesterday, and Tom Brady ended up with a top five finish, checking in at fourth place overall. However, the New England Patriots star signal-caller seems to be snubbed, considering Peyton Manning finished in second. Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, finished outside of the top five in sixth place, which seems to be too low. In all honesty, I would rank Manning the last of the three with Rodgers and Brady in some combination of first and second. Brady had to overcome worse receivers than Rodgers, but Rodgers also had a worse offensive line and an inferior ground attack.

These sorts of list are great for generating debates, and it seems like there are no shortage of opinions on how to rank the quarterbacks in the NFL. The top three centers around Manning, Brady, and Rodgers, and there is no doubt in my mind that those are the three best quarterbacks in the league. How exactly to rank them is a different story, and I’m sure the Patriots faithful know who they have on top. I personally love Aaron Rodgers and wouldn’t mind seeing him at the top, and I feel like he was the biggest snub of them all. As for Peyton Manning, I think most of us are used to him grabbing the spotlight.

Well, Pats fans, this is a new series on the site and this is the introductory “Fan Poll Friday”. Each Friday, we will have a poll question for you guys to answer, and we really want you guys to drop comments and debate all you want. Below are all the different scenarios of ranking the top three quarterbacks, so feel free to vote and debate.

For those of you who like to deal with statistics and analytics, the raw data favors Rodgers, the Pro Football Focus grades favor Manning, while the advanced stats such as Expected Points Added, Win Probability Added, and Success Rate all favor Brady. Yeah, it’s incredibly hard to choose among these three. But for my money, J.J. Watt was the best player in the league this past season; what he did at as a three and five tech is just ridiculous. The numbers he put up combined with the tape paint the picture of a legendary season from Watt.

How should the QBs be ranked?

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  • Cyrus Geller

    In my opinion it is Brady Manning then a nice gap, then Rodgers. It is just the mental part of the game that separates Brady/Manning from Rodgers. They just seem to be much smarter on the field, and know much more about what the defense is doing and where to go with the football based on that defense. If we are talking pure physical skills then I think Rodgers vaults to number one. He has a rocket of an arm, and has some great athleticism for a QB. But Manning and Brady both are just so smart on the field, they deserve to be ahead of Rodgers. As for why Brady is over Manning, I think it all comes down to the playoffs. Brady has proven he is a better QB than Manning in the playoffs, and that is what counts in the NFL.

    • Joe Soriano

      Cyrus, Rodgers is a very smart quarterback in his own right, and I feel like people dock him because of a love for Manning’s and Brady’s legacies. We are talking about the present, and Rodgers’s decision-making is excellent- significantly better than Favre’s, I might add.

      • Cyrus Geller

        I agree 100% in terms of his decision making but I see a major gap between him and Brady/Manning in his ability to “dissect” a defense. I think he relies on his arm talent too much, but he has so much talent that he gets by most of the time. If he can learn to do what Brady and Manning can do in dissecting a defense then he will be unstoppable.

  • Hal Bent

    I think Rodgers has so much athleticism, arm strength, and knowledge of his offense that he has snuck ahead of Brady and Manning. To have Manning ahead of Brady and Rodgers is ludicrous, but as it was voted for by “the fans” f the NFL Network, there were no doubt thousands of “he’s funny in those commercials” votes for Manning.

    Brady over Manning due to Manning’s decreased arm strength after the neck surgeries. He was effective in his offense, but good teams beat him by jamming the middle of the field and daring him to go deep and outside the numbers. He is like a veteran pitcher in baseball who losing the fastball and is firing curveballs and change-ups to get outs.

    Brady is fantastic, but Rodgers makes every throw and (this may be because of personnel) is so dynamic with the deep pass. His ability to run with the ball and knowing when to tuck and run and when to wait for his receivers should be must see TV for all the young QBs (Luck, RGIII, Cam, & Kaepernick) as a guide. His youth and athleticism give him the edge over TB12 at this point.

    • Joe Soriano

      I completely agree with everything you said, Hal. I mean, we are right on the same page with all of this.