Sunday 7: Where do Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo stack up in NFL QB rankings?

Ryan Hannable
January 19, 2020 - 6:00 am
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1. It’s championship weekend in the NFL and for sure two of the best quarterbacks in the league — Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers — are still alive. And while Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Tannehill are solid, they aren’t at the same level as those two. This got us thinking, who are the top quarterbacks in the league right now? Here’s our list of the top 15 (in order as best we could). 

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  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Russell Wilson
  5. Lamar Jackson
  6. Tom Brady
  7. Deshaun Watson
  8. Dak Prescott
  9. Carson Wentz
  10. Jimmy Garoppolo
  11. Ryan Tannehill
  12. Kirk Cousins
  13. Matt Ryan 
  14. Matthew Stafford
  15. Jared Goff

Brady comes in at No. 6. He’s still one of the top quarterbacks in the league at age 42, but not quite at the same elite level that he was just a few years back. Keep in mind this is right now, so a few years ago Brady would certainly be No. 1, but there's no question he has slid a tad in recent years. Meanwhile, Garoppolo is No. 10, as it is really hard to put him in the elite category at this point in his career. The 28-year-old just doesn't make enough plays. Could he be in a few years? Absolutely. But right now it feels like the bottom end of the top third is right.

2. When it comes to Brady’s future, there’s a thirst for information regarding his status, but there really isn’t much coming. While he can sign with the Patriots at any point, Brady cannot talk to other teams until the legal tampering window begins on March 16. Of course, agents of upcoming free agents usually get a good idea at the NFL combine at the end of February of what the interest around the league might be like for their client, so don’t be surprised if there are some substantial Brady rumors that week, but until then there likely will be nothing of actual meaning.

3. If the Titans were to beat the Chiefs and make it to Super Bowl LIV, it arguably would be the greatest playoff run in NFL history. Tennessee would have beaten the top three teams in the AFC — Baltimore, Kansas City and New England — all on the road. The Patriots have either won the Super Bowl or been eliminated by the team who won it in seven of the last eight seasons. Can the Titans continue the trend? Our gut says no and they are out of gas, but we'll find out for sure come Sunday afternoon.

4. On the latest “Double Coverage” podcast with Devin and Jason McCourty, Jason revealed he had surgery to repair the groin injury that he dealt with over the second half of the season. The 32-year-old played just nine snaps in the Patriots’ final seven games. He is under contract with the team for next season. How important was Jason? The Patriots allowed 3.93 yards per passing play when Jason was on the field and 5.02 yards per passing play when he wasn’t.

5. It is pretty clear one of the Patriots’ biggest needs this offseason is tight end, but unfortunately for them it isn’t one of the strongest in terms of free agency and the draft. Unlike last year, the draft is very weak at the position and then via free agency, there aren’t a ton of options available. Players who will be options include Austin Hooper, Hunter Henry, Eric Ebron and Tyler Eifert.

6. Under the radar, the Patriots have lost another assistant following the season. Bob Fraser, who came to New England along with Greg Schiano last year, but stayed with the team even when Schiano stepped down, has followed him to Rutgers. This isn’t a huge loss by any means, but Fraser appeared to help out a decent amount with special teams and that unit is down a coach in Joe Judge.

7. Looking for some Patriots action this week? Stephon Gilmore will be in Orlando participating in the Pro Bowl, which will also include the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown. This will be held Wednesday and will air Thursday at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN. Some of the skills challenges include, Thread the Needle, an offense vs. defense accuracy challenge, as well as the Gridiron Gauntlet, which showcases strength, speed and agility. Dont’a Hightower has pulled out of the game, while as of now Matthew Slater is still in. 

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