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Top 10 Quarterbacks Entering the 2018 NFL Season

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

Teams must have a reliable starting quarterback in order to win a Super Bowl. Without good to elite quarterback play, teams have no shot to win it all. It is also important for offensive lineman to protect their quarterback. Heading into the 2018 NFL season, there are many good quarterbacks in the NFL, but which ones are in the Top 10?

10. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers: I am probably going to get a lot of heat for this pick, but let's relax for a moment here. Garoppolo has only started seven games in his NFL career and Garoppolo isn't a joke. The San Francisco 49ers started the season 1-10. He started the final five games and they went 5-0. Garoppolo made the receivers around him better. He was traded from the New England Patriots around the trading deadline. Garoppolo did win two Super Bowl titles as Tom Brady's backup. Jimmy was supposed to be the starter when Brady retired, but it didn't work out that way. Garoppolo started two games when Tom Brady was suspended back in 2016 for deflate gate. Jimmy Garoppolo completed 67.4 percent of his passes last season for 1,560 yards seven touchdowns and five interceptions.

9. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders: Carr missed a game last season because of a back injury. He throws a very good deep ball and Carr is usually steady. The problem with the Raiders last season was that they didn't take that next step and the offense regressed. The wide receiver play was really inconsistent. Derek Carr completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 3,496 yards 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Newton is a freakish athlete. He might be inconsistent at times, but when Newton is on his game, he is almost impossible to stop. Newton can also run the football like a freight train. He won the MVP award during the 2015 regular season and Newton was one of the reasons why they made it to the Super Bowl that year. Carolina made it back to the postseason last year with a 11-5 record and Newton really didn't have much to throw too. His most consistent receiver last season was running back Christian McCaffrey. Cam Newton completed 59.1 percent for 3,302 yards 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He rushed for 754 yards on 139 carries and six touchdowns.

7. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers: Rivers has not won a Super Bowl in his career, but he has also been one of the most effective passers in the league. The Chargers started the 2017 season 0-4, but they finished with a 9-7 record. Rivers had wide receiver Keenan Allen fully healthy last season and he also developed chemistry with tight end Hunter Henry, but he is out for the entire 2018 season with a Torn ACL. If the Chargers get off to a better start this season, they will most likely make it to the playoffs and Rivers will have another shot to win a Super Bowl title. Rivers is 36 years old and at some point the Los Angeles Chargers will be moving on. He completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 4,515 yards 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson played behind the worst offensive line in the NFL last season and I have no idea how Wilson wasn't injured. He scrambles a lot, but Wilson always has his eyes down the field. Wilson was responsible for basically every Seattle touchdown in 2017 because they had no running game. He completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 3.983 yards 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Russell Wilson also rushed for 586 yards on 95 carries and three touchdowns. He also has one Super Bowl title in his NFL career.

5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Roethlisberger is 36 years old and they drafted Mason Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion, but he wasn't the MVP in either of those wins. The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't won the Super Bowl in a decade and Roethlisberger hopes to lead them there this upcoming season. He throws the deep ball well and Roethlisberger is strong in the pocket as well. He has good chemistry with Antonio Brown, who is arguably one of the best wide receivers in the league. Speaking of wide receivers, JuJu Smith-Schuster is developing into a stud and rookie James Washington is also very good. Roethlisberger also had a reliable running back in the back field, who can run and catch passes in Le'Veon Bell. Ben Roethlisberger completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 4,251 yards 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: Brees is 39 years old and he continues to shred defenses with ease. Brees is one of the most under appreciated quarterbacks of all time. The Saints have had very bad defenses and it has overshadowed his greatness. Brees has had several 5,000 passing yards seasons and he is not stat patting. He completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,334 yards 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Drew Brees won the Super Bowl MVP during the 2009 regular season and the 2010 postseason. It was the Saints first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers can beat opponents in so many different ways. He can get them with the hard count, rolling out of the pocket, and running with the ball. Rodgers also makes throws into tight windows and most quarterbacks can not make those kind of throws. Rodgers could be the most talented quarterback we have ever seen, but he only has won one Super Bowl title, but that isn't his fault. The defenses has always let him down and the Green Bay Packers have wasted his prime. Rodgers has won two MVP awards in his career. His season was plagued last season because of a collarbone he suffered in Week 6 on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers then came off injured reserve for a game in Week 15 on the road against the Carolina Panthers. Green Bay then put him back on injured reserve because the Packers were eliminated from playoff contention. This was the second time in Rodgers's career he has suffered a collarbone injury. He completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and six interceptions, in seven games played. Aaron Rodgers also rushed for 126 yards on 24 carries.

2. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles: Wentz was a magician with the football last season. He made plays with his feet and his arm. Wentz was the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He is just 25 years old and Wentz has the potential to be a hall of fame quarterback. He is coming off an ACL tear he suffered in Week 14 on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. Wentz was on his to winning the MVP award last season until he got hurt. He completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wentz also rushed for 299 yards on 64 carries. He was one of the reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles got off to a 12-2 start in the 2017 season. It eventually set them up to the number one seed in the NFC and a Super Bowl title for the first time in franchise history. Backup quarterback Nick Foles started ever since Wentz went down and Carson Wentz helped Nick Foles along the way. He represents himself well on and off the field.

1.Tom Brady, New England Patriots: At 40 years old, it is amazing what Tom Brady is doing. He continues to compete at a high level and Brady is one of the greatest NFL players of all time. Brady led the New England Patriots to another Super Bowl appearance this past season and that was the eighth in his career. It wasn't his fault they lost the game. Tom Brady won his third MVP award and he also has four Super Bowl MVP's in his illustrious career. Brady claims he wants to play until he is 45 years old, but Brady might retire sooner than people think. He is an excellent pocket passer and Brady has been for his entire career. He is excellent at releasing the ball very quickly, but Brady hates being hit constantly. Tom Brady completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,577 yards 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

This article was originally published on @gk18