Justin Herbert

LA Chargers: Ranking Justin Herbert and all 32 quarterbacks from 2020

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers calls a play at the line of scrimmage in the second half of their game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers calls a play at the line of scrimmage in the second half of their game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

19. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Average ranking: 20.2
  • Highest ranking: 19
  • Midseason ranking: 15

Big Ben slowly got worse and worse as the season went along and that is reflected by the rankings. If we would have included the NFL Playoffs then he likely would have slipped even lower, as he was terrible against the Cleveland Browns.

I just do not see a future in which the Steelers can win a Super Bowl with Big Ben as their starting quarterback. There is no way that his body can hold up in 19 games. If we do this ranking at the start of next season I would probably rank Big Ben in the bottom seven or so.

18. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts

  • Average ranking: 16
  • Highest ranking: 14
  • Midseason ranking: 19

Yes, Rivers’ average ranking is higher than what his actual ranking is. That is just the nature of how we do these composite rankings as there are 17 players ahead of him with a better average ranking.

Rivers gets a lot of slack but he was quietly solid for the Colts this season and was really good in the AFC Wild Card Round against Buffalo. Sure, you cannot do that much with him, but he still threw for 4,169 yards with 24 touchdowns.

17. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

  • Average ranking: 15.8
  • Highest ranking: 13
  • Midseason ranking: 21

Kirk Cousins climbed four spots and it is absolutely valid. Cousins quietly had a really solid season for the Vikings and if they just had a good defense then they easily could have been a wild-card team that nobody would want to play in the playoffs.

Cousins threw for 4,265 yards with 35 touchdowns, although he did set a career-high in interceptions with 13.

16. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Average ranking: 15.6
  • Highest ranking: 13
  • Midseason ranking: 13

Joe Burrow did not play in the second half of the season but we still made him the starter. He naturally dropped from not being able to build his case, but he was really good in the games that he did play this season.

The Bengals are in great hands with the future of their organization. Burrow is a legitimate winner and I am excited to see him and Herbert battle it out for years to come.

15. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

  • Average ranking: 15.6
  • Highest ranking: 12
  • Midseason ranking: 23

Baker Mayfield jumped eight spots from our midseason rankings and it truly is a testament to how solid he was in the second half of the season. Baker played with poise and led the Browns not just to the playoffs, but a playoff win.

While Baker is still far from a perfect quarterback, he has at least gotten over that small hump where Browns fans can rest assured knowing that he is capable of piloting a winning football team.

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