The quarterback is the most valuable position in the NFL. A great quarterback doesn’t necessarily guarantee post season success, but bad, or even average quarterback play can doom a team to failure.
There are a lot of good quarterbacks in the NFL heading into 2015, but only an elite few can be considered the best in the league.
The competition for best quarterback heading into the 2015 season is between three players: Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and Tom Brady.
But first, let’s look at some guys that are good quarterbacks, but just outside of the conversation to be the best.
Peyton Manning: Manning has had a great career and is surely headed to the Hall of Fame. However, age is catching up to him and it seems his body is starting to let him down. Manning struggled to play to his usual high standards towards the end of last season. Manning certainly shouldn’t be written off, but he could well be past his prime.
Tony Romo: Romo had a great year with the Cowboys in 2014, but that was in large part due to the excellent running game. Romo is at his best when he doesn’t have the whole game on his shoulders. With Murray gone from the backfield, Romo is probably going to have to throw more often than he is comfortable with.
Russel Wilson: Wilson is a great young quarterback, he can make all the throws, uses his legs well and makes good decisions. The Seahawks also have a great defence and run game with Lynch. Wilson is a good part of a great team, but he isn’t quite ready to be the greatest quarterback.
The Elite Three:
Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers had an incredible 2014, taking the Packers deep into the post season and just missing out on a Super Bowl appearance. Probably the most talented quarterback in the NFL, there is no throw that Rodgers can’t make. It’s difficult to find anything to criticise with the Packers’ QB.
Andrew Luck: The best young quarterback in the league, Luck is capable of anything. He threw a huge number of touchdowns in 2014 and took the Colts into the post season, also just missing out on a Super Bowl appearance (although the Colts were well beaten in their Championship game). Perhaps the only thing missing for Luck and the Colts is playing their best in the biggest games.
Tom Brady: One of the ultimate winners in football, the Patriots are reigning Super Bowl Champions and Tom Brady is the reigning Super Bowl MVP. Brady started slow in 2014 but eventually led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, who boasted one of the best defences of all time. Brady is the oldest of the top three, but he knows how to win.
So who is the best?
Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL for the 2015 season. Brady wins. He has the most Super Bowl victories, he makes everyone around him better and his competitive attitude is as fierce as anyone’s.
Brady beat the excellent Seahawks defence to win the Super Bowl last season, he beat Roger Goodell by overturning his suspension this offseason and he’ll beat everyone again this year.
All his doubters, all his competitors will fall short. Tom Brady is a winner and therefore the best QB in 2015.
By Niall Doonan For SportingAlert.com