Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Philip Rivers was ranked #34 in the NFL Top 100 poll, which is a peer review from his fellow players. Is this too high? Too low? Just right? Ranked just ahead of him is fellow draft classmate of 2004 Ben Roethlisberger, at #31. That ranking seems fair, since Roethlisberger does have 2 Super Bowl rings and 1,736 more career passing yards. Though, Rivers does have him with 2 more career passing TD’s.
Some notable players that are ranked below Rivers:
Brandon Marshall, WR Bears #36
NaVorro Bowman, LB, 49ers #47
Joe Flacco, QB Ravens #58
DeSean Jackson, WR Redskins #63
Tony Romo, QB Cowboys #71
Clay Matthews, LB Packers #77
Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers #81
Matthew Stafford, QB Lions #100
There are a considerable amount of QB’s that will be ranked ahead of Rivers. The top 30 has not been revealed quite yet. He is ahead of both quarterbacks that played in Super Bowl XLVII, Kaepernick and Flacco. Rivers had more passing yards and passing TD’s than them last year. Does he deserve to be higher? The notable QB’s I am yet to see are: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers. Does Rivers deserve to be as high as them? In my opinion, he is ranked a little low for overall players. I think he is top 25, easily. As far as quarterbacks, it is hard to argue with the players that will most likely be ranked ahead of Rivers. An argument can be made that Rivers deserves to be higher than Matt Ryan or Andrew Luck. In fact, I think he should be, one can’t win in January and the other is very young.
Rivers is one of the best QB’s in the game, no doubt about it. If he has another year like he did last year, they won’t be able to keep him out of the top 20. These are just rankings, they don’t mean anything. This is just something to pass the time until August.