2020 NFL Quarterback Rankings Part: 4, #15-11
We’re on to part 4! Today I’ll be breaking down my picks for the 15-11 spots on this list. Once again here’s a reminder of the criteria that I looked at when making this list.
1. How they performed last season. There are many quarterbacks who have had great careers, but their recent sample size hasn't been great. Recent success is one of the biggest indicators for me and is something I greatly take into consideration.
2. Team Success: Take Jameis Winston for example. He led the league in passing yards in 2019, but now finds himself as a backup quarterback because of his inconsistency and lack of team success. Winning is very important to me when it comes to a quarterback.
3. Age doesn't matter. This isn't a ranking for quarterbacks who I would build my team around for the next five years, those rankings would be a whole lot different. This is a list for who I would want behind my center for 2020. Whether you're 45 or 20, if you're effective you'll place high on this list.
4. Rookies at the bottom. Sure, many high quarterback draft picks have gone on to be stars in their first year of play. There are currently two rookies who will most likely be starters this year, but they find themselves at the bottom of this list because they've never played an NFL game. Give them a few games to prove themselves and this whole list will shift.
- Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Part 4 begins with one of the more controversial quarterbacks on this list, Carson Wentz. The second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft is arguably one of the more overrated quarterbacks in the NFL, in my opinion. During his Sophomore season, Wentz delivered one of the most remarkable seasons for a quarterback in recent memory, recording 33 passing touchdowns, leading his team to an 11-2 record in the 13 games he started, and leading the league with a 7.5 TD %. The Eagles did go on to win the Super Bowl that year despite the fact that Wentz was injured at the tail end of the year, causing him to miss the remainder of the season and postseason. The problem for me with Wentz is that his 2017 season was an anomaly compared to his other three seasons. Not including the 2017 season, he has a 21-22 record, with only one winning season, and 0 Pro Bowl appearances. Wentz has also never thrown more than 30 touchdowns, other than 2017, and has only started all 16 games twice in his career. I think that Wentz does have a lot of positives to his game such as his ability to limit turnovers and come through with multiple game winning drives during the course of a season. With that being said I just can’t put Wentz any higher on this list until I see some positive postseason results from him and the Eagles.
- Phillip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts
Rivers finds himself in a very unfamiliar spot with the Colts, after spending his first 16 seasons with the Chargers organization. The Colts enter 2020 with their third new starting quarterback in as many years, as they look to see what Rivers will do with a new coach and organization. Rivers has been beyond consistent for the majority of his career offensively speaking. He has thrown over 4,000 passing yards 11 of the last 12 seasons, and will look to the same with the Colts this season. Along with this, he carries in a career record of 123-101, and has amazingly not missed a game since 2005. Rivers is getting on with age, as he’ll be entering his age 38 season in 2020, making him one of the oldest play callers in the league. Rivers will look to lead the Colts to the playoffs, a place where he’s had plenty of experience, with a career record of 5-6. He has a very impressive career quarterback rating of 95.1, although it did take a hit this past season where he finished with a rating of 88.5. I feel like this is a very fair spot for Rivers, as he’s been a very dependable quarterback for most of his career but really showed signs of regression this past year. That along with the fact that his record over the past five years is 35-45 lands him at the 14th spot for me.
- Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Goff will be pushing hard for a bounce back season in 2020, after his team missed the playoffs this past season. Despite the missed playoffs this past year, the Rams have finished each of the last seasons with a winning record, mostly in part to Goff’s success behind center. Between 2017 and 2018, the team had a 24-7 in the 31 games that Goff started, a very impressive record. Goff also led the Rams to the Super Bowl in 2018, where they fell at the hands of Tom Brady and the Patriots, in a very close game. At points this past season Goff didn’t look like he was completely in sync with a lot of receivers, as he led the league with pass attempts (626), but finished 19th in the league with his 62.9 completion percentage. Goff has impressively thrown for over 4,600 yards the past two seasons, one of the highest totals in the league, along with having 54 passing touchdowns, and 4 rushing touchdowns over that time period as well. Overall, Goff has been one of the better quarterbacks in the league these last three years, despite having a very tough rookie season. I think Goff is a borderline top 10 talent in the league, but I need to see the Rams bounce back to their winning ways once again to have me convinced.
- Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
The 2016 MVP looks for redemption in 2020, after having back to back losing seasons with the Falcons. Ryan has had a very solid career with the Falcons, serving as their starter for the past 12 seasons. Over this time he is averaging 26.75 passing touchdowns, 4,265.5 passing yards, and a 94.6 quarterback rating, per year. Ryan has thrown for over 4,000 yards every year since 2010 and has a career record of 109-80. His 2016 season was a thing of wonder as he threw for 38 touchdowns, 4,944 yards, and was limited to only 7 interceptions. The Falcons also reached the Super Bowl that year and are remembered for their epic collapse during that game. Ryan is a very dependable quarterback, playing in a very competitive NFC South division. He’s definitely above average in my eyes, but he’s not at that elite level where I thought he might be after his 2016 campaign.
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger will also look for a bounce back season in 2020 after he missed the majority of the 2019 season due to injury. Big Ben has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league during his career, having a very impressive offensive presence and winning mentality. In 2018, Roethlisberger led the league in passing yards with over 5,000 yards, a category that he also led in during the 2014 season. Along with being very impressive with his offense, he also manages to win a majority of the time that he’s on the field. Ben carries in a career record of 144-71-1, which includes two Super Bowl victories. Roethlisberger's passing touchdown numbers aren’t off the charts, but that doesn’t tell the entire story of his success. The Steelers have had many great running backs to complement, which is one of the reasons his passing yards totals are much more impressive than his passing touchdown stats.Overall Big Ben has an insanely impressive resume and I think that he can translate his past success into another successful season for the Steelers in 2020. Age is definitely not on his side anymore, and he’ll have to battle some lingering injuries but I think Roethlisberger will be back in full force for the 2020 season.