Josh McCown And The 10 Best NFL QBs In Their 30s
Best NFL QBs Over 30
The NFL is in a very special place when it comes to the quarterback position. The league is split almost perfectly in two. You have the grizzled veterans, some with established Super Bowl success and others desperately trying to get that first ring, and you also have the players who are new to the league but have taken it by storm. These are the Robert Griffin IIIs, the Andrew Lucks and the Russell Wilsons of the league. You have to put Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford on the list as well. These under-25 players are the future of this league, but one thing is clear: the league is still owned by the old guys at the quarterback position.
This list is to rank the best quarterbacks in the league over the dreaded age of 30. Some are all-time greats and surefire Hall-of-Famers, while others are still trying to cement their legacy. Some admissions were hard while others were relatively easy. 10 of the top 15 when it comes to quarterback rating (which is admittedly a flawed stat, but still usable) are over the age of 30.
This season has even seen the emergence of 30-year-old QBs that some thought would be relegated to career backup roles. Josh McCown has been great for the Chicago Bears in replacing Jay Cutler. Jason Campbell has shown flashes of greatness when he is able to stay on the field. Ryan Fitzpatrick needed to shake off some rust, but hasn't looked terrible in the past few weeks.
This is the best time to watch quarterbacks. These guys are closer to retirement than their rookie year at this point. These are the 10 best QBs over the age of 30.
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10. Josh McCown
McCown has literally come out of nowhere to have a great season for the Bears in Cutler's absence. He has caused the public to talk about whether or not he should be the starter for the rest of the season. He really helped his case by scoring on every possession in Monday Night Football this week. He has only thrown one interception in 220 attempts. McCown hasn't been a relevant QB since 2007, but he has somehow resurrected his career.
9. Jay Cutler
I still don't think you can bench Cutler in favor of McCown. It is a great story and there is no doubt that he has been amazing, but Cutler has been good for his entire career. He is going to be a free agent after the season, and the Bears don't really have another option. He can be really good if he can stay on the field, which is a legitimate argument against him.
8. Ben Roethlisberger
The next four players are very interchangeable. Ben Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl winner and has been the hardest QB to take down in the NFL for a decade. He isn't particularly fast, but he can shake guys off of him with a swivel of his hip. If only someone could give him an offensive line.
7. Carson Palmer
Carson Palmer may be the most underrated quarterback of this decade. After a rough start, he has the Arizona Cardinals one game out of the playoffs. He could play them into the playoffs with a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17 of this season. After throwing 13 interceptions in the first seven weeks, he has managed to only throw four in the past six games.
6. Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers has seen a semi-resurgence of his own this season. After faltering in the past two seasons, Rivers is back at the top of the stat sheet. His team is only one game back, and he has thrown for 26 touchdowns while only throwing nine picks. He is doing this while losing arguably his best receiver Danario Alexander prior to the season. He is the sole reason why this team has any wins.
5. Tony Romo
Tony Romo's name alone is the cause of controversy. Dallas Cowboys fans seem to be split on how to feel about their franchise QB. This season, he has gone shot for shot with Peyton Manning and drastically lowered his interception numbers. It might be hard to believe, but this is his eighth season as a starting quarterback. He deserves to be just out of the top four.
4. Aaron Rodgers
This may not be fair since we are rating a hurt Aaron Rodgers, but you take the cards you are dealt. Even without the injury, Rodgers has literally been the only good thing on the Green Bay Packers maybe outside of Eddie Lacy. A terrible offensive line and an even worse defense does not spell success in most cases. Rodgers can change all that when he recovers from a broken collarbone.
3. Drew Brees
This is where the decisions just become a toss-up. These next three guys (four if you include a healthy Rodgers) are the very best in the NFL. Drew Brees is once again having an amazing season. He leads the league in completion percentage and is second in touchdowns. He is carrying an offense that has what can only be called an inept running game. You could argue that he should be no. 1 if it weren't for the man on top.
2. Tom Brady
I would be lying if I said the past three weeks had nothing to do with this ranking, but it wasn't the end-all. Is this Tom Brady's best season? No. Is he having a bad season? Absolutely not. He is currently at 21 touchdowns against nine interceptions. That is without Shane Vereen for 10 games, Stevan Ridley for however many games he sits for his fumbling problem, Rob Gronkowski for seven games that will turn into more. Danny Amendola missed four games, Aaron Dobson and Kembrell Thompkins have had serious growing pains, and Aaron Hernandez is sitting in a jail cell. Has any other player dealt with half this much on his team?
1. Peyton Manning
He is the MVP -- how could he not be on top of this list? Peyton Manning has been at his very best once again this season. Even at 37-years-old, he shows no signs of slowing down. He could play until he is 50 at this rate. He is looking to take his Denver Broncos to another Super Bowl title. He could very well do it if the weather permits. He is by far the best player in the league today.