Between all the breathtaking crafts and gigantic contracts delivered on NFL the offseason has been filled with intrigue.
But with a new season just months away, it’s time to look ahead.
In Tuesday’s “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd did just that, ranking his top 10 signallers heading into the 2022-23 season.
Derek Carr is No. 10 on Colin’s list of the best NFL QBs
Colin Cowherd ranks his 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL and defends Derek Carr at 10th.
ten. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Key statistics: Carr completed 68.4% of his passes last season for 4,804 yards — his fourth straight year with 4,000+ passing yards — and 23 touchdowns while leading the Raiders to a 10-7 record. It was their first winning season since the 2016-17 campaign.
Thoughts from the cowherd: “[He] leads every quarterback in the NFL [in] over the past seven years – and that’s with the Raiders and shaky coaching and chaos and bad O-lines – with 30 game-winning drives since entering the league in 2014. He had the highest completion percentage [of] all league quarterbacks have lasted four years. … He’s the only quarterback last year [who was] the top five in passing yards and completions. I don’t think it’s controversial. I think it’s obvious. In fact, there [are] arguments to make that he could be No. 8, No. 9 instead because he was completely carrying a team. “
9. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Key statistics: In 46 career starts, Murray is 22-23-1 with a 93.9 passer rating. He completed 66.9% of his passes and had 11,480 passing yards (249.6 per game), 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.
Thoughts from the cowherd: “He [has] got better every year – a total playmaker. [He’s] one of the hardest guys to defend in the league.”
8. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Key statistics: Herbert threw for a franchise-record 5,014 yards last season as a sophomore QB. He completed 65.9% of his passes for 38 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Thoughts from the cowherd: “In NFL history, no quarterback has thrown for as many yards or as many touchdowns in his first two years. His first year was with a terrible offensive line…and a fired coach.”
seven. Joe Terrier, Cincinnati Bengals
Key statistics: Burrow and perhaps the best passing trio in the NFL – Ja’Marr Chase, Higgins t-shirt and Tyler Boyd – combined for 222 receptions for 3,374 yards and 24 touchdowns during the regular season, which is the most by a passing line in team history.
Thoughts from the cowherd: “Burrow is amazing. Burrow led the NFL in completion percentage and yards per attempt last year with a bad O line. It’s amazing.”
6. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
Key statistics: Stafford threw for 4,886 yards last season en route to a Super Bowl LVI victory.
Thoughts from the cowherd: “I put him ahead of Joe Burrow, who he beat in the championship game. Stafford had 50 touchdown passes last year.”
5. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
Key statistics: Wilson finished the 2021-22 season completing 64.8% of his passes for 3,113 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Seattle Seahawks.
Thoughts from the cowherd: “I think he’s going to crush [it in Denver]. He’s the only quarterback in the past four years in the NFL with a passer rating over 100. That was with a shaky defensive coach, offensive line and defense.
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Key statistics: Rodgers completed 68.9% of his passes last season for 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions en route to earning his second straight MVP (fourth overall).
Thoughts from the cowherd: “Aaron [isn’t] very good in crisis. He doesn’t have many wins from behind considering how many years he has [has] been in the league, but he’s a back-to-back MVP. He looks different when he plays. He throws the best ball. He is insanely gifted. He’s not very good at the end of the game and he’s not very good in the big games.”
3. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Key statistics: Brady recorded monster numbers for the 2021-22 season, completing 67.5% of his passes while leading the league in both yards (5,316) and touchdowns (43).
Thoughts from the cowherd: “I would put Brady at No. 3 out of respect. He’s led the NFL in passing yards and since joining the Bucs. I think he’s the best pre-snap quarterback, along with Peyton Manning, in the history of the league. No one is cooler late in the game than Tom Brady.”
2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Tickets
Key statistics: Allen’s 4,407 passing yards were eighth in the league last season. He connected 63.3% of his passes for 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Thoughts from the cowherd: “I think [Allen] is actually more talented than [Patrick Mahomes], but he hasn’t won enough big games yet. Highest passer rating in a single playoff last year. He is bigger than Mahomes. He is more mobile than Mahomes. I think it’s a combination of Ben [Roethlisberger and] Cam Newton but better than both.”
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Key statistics: Mahomes tied for the fourth most touchdowns last season (37) while throwing for 4,839 yards in the regular season.
Thoughts from the cowherd: “I think Mahomes is the best. He has the highest passer rating in league history, and he [has] won the Super Bowl.”
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