Hey, y’all, there’s an NFL game tonight. I love typing that. As we start the 2014 season all eyes, as per usual, are on the league’s starting QBs. Today, we’re going to take a look at the guys who finished the 2013 season with the top QBRs (that’s quarterback ratings for those of you who aren’t abbreviation nuts like yours truly.) We’ll just have to wait and see how many of them wind up on top of the heap again this year.
1. Nick Foles, the Philadelphia Eagles surprise superstar, finished the 2013 season with an impressive QBR of 119.2. That’s higher than Peyton Manning’s. Just sayin’.
2. Speaking of No. 18, Manning, and his laser rocket arm, had a QBR of 115.1 at the end of the 2013 year.
3. Josh McCown, Chicago’s back-up QB who stepped in for the injured Jay Cutler in 2013, ended the year with a QBR of 109.0.
4. Philip Rivers, whose San Diego Chargers surged at the end of last year (and lost a heartbreaker last Monday night) had a 105.5 QBR at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
5. Aaron Rodgers, who only played half the year with the Green Bay Packers due to his broken collarbone, had a 104.9 QBR during the time he was active.
6. The New Orleans Saints’ star QB, Drew Brees, finished the 2013 year with a QBR of 104.7.
7. Russell Wilson, whose Seattle Seahawks are off to a good start defending their Super Bowl title, finished his stellar 2013 season with a QBR of 101.2.
8. Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, 8-8 for 3 years running, finished the 2013 NFL year with an above-average QBR of 96.7.
9. Ben Roethlisberger, whose Pittsburgh Steelers have been in something of a slump for the past couple of seasons, had a 92.0 QBR when his 2013 season ended before the playoffs (too early for Steelers’ fans tastes.)
10. Colin Kaepernick, who led his San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship for the second year in a row, had a 91.6 QBR at the conclusion of the 2013 year.