Around the Hill: Who is the best quarterback in the NFL?

David Minster, Maroon-News Staff

The best QB in the league right now is undeniably Tom Brady. Not only has he led the Pats to a 6-0 record, he’s putting up numbers that are extremely similar to his 2007 campaign in which he took the undefeated Pats to the Super Bowl. As a football fanatic not from the New England area, I can’t overlook all the hardware Brady’s won as well as the stats he gets on a weekly basis. It’s crazy to imagine that a QB of this caliber was drafted 199th overall, but Brady beat the odds by winning four Super Bowls and two MVP awards in his journey to becoming one of the greatest all-time. Wearing the pants and the UGGs on the Patriots, Brady has led the Pats to the playoffs year in and year out, and this year is no different. With weapons like Gronk and Edelman on offense, along with an explosive Dion Lewis, Brady manages to control the offense to a science, finding his top receivers in any situation. Brady has already beaten other stellar quarterbacks this season such as Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck, displaying his elite status at the position. In addition to his startling numbers and offensive prowess, Brady keeps showing that age hasn’t caught up with him yet. At age 38, an age where most quarterbacks consider retirement and others decrease in talent, Brady shows no signs of slowing down, getting the ball off quicker than all  quarterbacks in the league. Brady is the best QB in the league and has the evidence to back it up. No contest.

Reed Schultz, Maroon-News Staff

I believe that the best quarterback and the greatest quarterback in the NFL today are two different people. The distinction between these terms lies in the overall legacy and resume of these players. With that being said, I think that Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. Rodgers repeatedly ranks at the top of the league in QBR, passing yards, and touchdown to interception ratio. He passed for 38 touchdowns last year, with only five interceptions. Furthermore, he has led the Packers to a Super Bowl championship as well as numerous playoff berths. He is one of the best in the league at throwing on the run, dealing with pressure and throwing the ball down the field. Being in the prime of his career and only 31, Aaron Rodgers is my pick for the best quarterback in the league.

However, that does not mean he is the greatest quarterback in the NFL. Arguably, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. His four Super Bowl rings, consistent production and the dominance displayed by the Patriots in the last decade are all proof that Brady is the greatest. He is a great leader, champion and competitor and has made the Patriots a near lock for the playoffs every year. At the end of the day, quarterbacks’ legacies are measured by championships. Tied with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana, Brady is the only quarterback in league history to have four Super Bowl rings. Aaron Rodgers is certainly the best quarterback in the league right now, but Brady is undeniably the greatest.

Conor Oliver, Maroon-News Staff

Coming off a Super Bowl victory and the Deflategate scandal, Brady has a clear message: he is the best quarterback in football, and possibly the greatest of all time. The Indianapolis Colts lit a fire in Brady this offseason, and at the age of 38, he is tearing the NFL apart, having one of his most impressive seasons to date. After a 5-0 start, he faced the best defense in football at the New York Jets.

Let’s take a look at an incredible stat from this past Sunday. Tom Brady was the Patriots leading rusher with 15 yards and a touchdown. The Jets shut down LeGarrate Blount and Dion Lewis, leaving Brady to literally do all of the work. Since running the ball was a nonexistent option, Tom took the game into his own hands. In the fourth quarter, with the Jets challenging, Brady threw for 150 yards, completing 14 of 17 passes and two touchdowns. With the Patriots at 6-0, Brady simply refuses to lose, putting up incredible performance after incredible performance.

Comparing him with Aaron Rodgers, two stats jump out: Brady has 69 more passing attempts and an average of 93 more yards per game with only one interception. No other quarterback could throw the ball as much as Brady and have a touchdown to interception ratio of 16:1. Rodgers has a 7:1 ratio, while averaging significantly fewer passes. At 38 years old, in a league of star quarterbacks, Brady stands a head above the rest. They better hope he starts showing his age soon.