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Dimitroff calls Ryan a top-10 quarterback

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As it turns out, two NFC South quarterbacks received significant praise from a colleague on Monday.  Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson called Tampa quarterback Josh Freeman a top-five quarterback.  And Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff started the day by calling Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan a top-1o quarterback during an appearance on NFL Network.

As pointed out by Kevin Patra of NFL Network, the league’s players disagree with the assessment.  Ryan wasn’t among 13 quarterbacks who landed on the NFLN annual offseason space-filling top-100 list.

Making Dimitroff’s assessment more significant than Jackson’s is the fact that Jackson has no influence of Freeman’s second contract.  Dimitroff, on the other hand, will have a direct role in negotiating the deal that will replace or succeed Ryan’s rookie contract, which expires after the 2013 season.

In most cases, gushing from a G.M. will get used against him later.  When it comes to Ryan, chances are that Tom Condon will take issue with Dimitroff’s assessment, on the basis that it’s too low.

Based on the NFLN annual offseason space-filling top-100 list, the league’s players definitely disagree with that.

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27 Responses to “Dimitroff calls Ryan a top-10 quarterback”
  1. hulkhogansays says: Aug 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    Yes, in the UFL brother.

  2. huskersrock1 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:44 PM

    Josh Freeman a top 5 QB? That statement means that Vincent Jackson is certifiably retarded. Seriously I wonder who he would leave out of the top 5 to get Freeman in.

  3. blacknole08 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:45 PM

    To be fair, it took Peyton Manning 5 years to win his first playoff game and he was considered a top 10/maybe top 5 QB before he even won a playoff game.

    With that said I think Matt Ryan needs a playoff win for consideration, but he has the credentials to be in the top 10 without one.

  4. wallio says: Aug 13, 2012 7:46 PM

    He’s top ten alright, until the playoffs start…..

  5. kane337 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:46 PM

    Eli was not in the top 100 last year. How did that turn out? Should not give any credence to the players top 100 chart. It’s just a popularity contest.

  6. adamkronfeld says: Aug 13, 2012 7:48 PM

    In whatever order you want to put them, the best nine QBs in the league are Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Rodgers, Eli, Peyton, Rivers, Romo, and Stafford. They’re the franchise QBs.

    Vick and Schaub are sort of on the bubble between this group and the ones who follow. So there’s eleven who are better than Ryan.

    After them – and that’s a full 1/3 of the league, by the way – you have the guys who have flashes of greatness, but overall are just good enough too keep their jobs. Those guys are Ryan, Cutler, Flacco, Freeman, Cassel and Bradford. So, congratulations, Matty, you’re in the muddled middle who hasn’t done enough to get replaced and who hasn’t done enough to be irreplaceable.

  7. crawfish2011 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    If you haven’t won a playoff game, you aren’t a top 10 QB.

    1. Brady
    2. Eli Manning
    3. Brees
    4. Rodgers
    5. Big Ben
    6 P. Manning
    7. Vick
    8. Rivers
    9. Romo
    10. Flacco

  8. rockhill32 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:51 PM

    Ryan has the potential to be a top 10 QB. He has got to get better throwing the long ball. He would have killed my Texans last year on the first two possessions if he was accurate to his TWO elite wideouts on the long ball.

  9. alexrrodriguez says: Aug 13, 2012 8:07 PM

    “Based on the NFLN annual offseason space-filling top-100 list, the league’s players definitely disagree with that.”

    So? They ranked Flacco, Tebow, Rivers, and Peyton Manning ahead of Matt Ryan. None of those guys were better quarterbacks than Matt in 2012. Also, Matt was ranked 52nd in the Top 100 of 2011. In 2012 he had a better statistical season than 2011, and wasn’t even ranked at all. How does that make any sense?

    The QB Tier probably goes something like this:

    Brady
    Rodgers
    Brees
    Eli
    Stafford
    Peyton
    Rivers
    Romo
    Ryan
    Newton

  10. profootballwalk says: Aug 13, 2012 8:07 PM

    Football Outsiders scores every play, accounts for down and distance, plus they take opponents into account. They rated Ryan #6 last year for regular season.

    1.Brees
    2.Rodgers
    3.Brady
    4.Romo
    5.Stafford
    6.Ryan.

    Rivers and Rothlesberger had off years, Manning lost a lot of games, Vick was Vick. Sounds reasonable to me.

  11. johnnyb1976 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:11 PM

    Vick, Rivers, AND Flacco TOP 10 QB,s. BWHAHAHAHAHAHA, I think your retarted

  12. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 13, 2012 8:18 PM

    I’m so sick of these “who’s top 10 & who’s not” lists. Why don’t we all admit we think our QB is the best and move on?

    Everybody has an opinion and everybody can’t be right. For me, its obviously Brees. For a Lions fan, its Stafford. Awesome. Can’t blame ‘em. Don’t care.

  13. dunkindan says: Aug 13, 2012 8:22 PM

    Carson Palmer= sleeper

  14. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    Yeah, use some meaningless stats to make Ryan a top-10er. That’s what losers do.

  15. mrlaloosh says: Aug 13, 2012 8:37 PM

    Ryan is top 10 in the state of Georgia, maybe.

  16. sfsaintsfan says: Aug 13, 2012 8:38 PM

    “Matty Ice”
    He melts in the playoffs.

    Top 10? HAHAHAHA

    Not even Top 15.

    Maybe Top 20.

    I would take two of the rookies over him.

  17. seenoland54 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:24 PM

    Ryan will win the Super Bowl this year or next. How do you know? His contract is coming expiring then it’s back to “close but no cigar”

  18. pinkfloydsucks says: Aug 13, 2012 9:32 PM

    meh he has to win a playoff game before I’ll rank him top 10

    Rivers
    Rodgers
    Big Ben
    Romo
    Manning
    Manning
    Brees
    Cutler
    Brady
    Flacco

    no particular order

  19. thelionsrgreat says: Aug 13, 2012 9:41 PM

    Josh is no where near a top five QB. Not even top 15. Jackson is way off.

  20. cootschaos says: Aug 13, 2012 9:51 PM

    I don’t think another QB out there gets more of a resounding response from haters than Ryan. He must do something right.

  21. schmitty2 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:53 PM

    johnnyb1976 says:
    Aug 13, 2012 8:11 PM
    Vick, Rivers, AND Flacco TOP 10 QB,s. BWHAHAHAHAHAHA, I think your retarted

    Says the guy who can’t spell it correctly. BWHAHAHAHAHA!!

  22. ezwriter69 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:39 PM

    jonnyb1976, it’d be more effective when calling someone retarded if you yourself knew how to spell retarded… priceless.

  23. geauxsaintsforever says: Aug 13, 2012 10:42 PM

    As a Saints fan, I enjoy hearing Dimitroff say this. If he thinks a quarterback who’s 0-3 in the playoffs (i.e., choker) is top 10 caliber, I like having a GM in our division who’s this “savvy” in terms of talent evaluation.

  24. ezwriter69 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:46 PM

    OH, and jonnyb1976, it’d be more effective when calling someone retarded if you yourself knew how to use YOUR — as in the possessive of you — as opposed to YOU’RE, a contraction of you are. It’s really quite simple, if you’re not retarted… see, the apostrophe combines the two words, you and are. Your retarted means it’s my retarted, and since their is no such object as a retarted, that sentence sounds as if it might have been written by someone who is, unfortunately, mentally retarded.
    It’s a shame, really, the use of offensive personal slurs, is SUCH an advanced form of debate, it would have been a devastating post without the illiteracy.

  25. wtfchiefs says: Aug 13, 2012 10:54 PM

    Maybe he is maybe he isnt, but i DO know, for a fact, that he crumbles like feta cheese in the playoffs.

  26. ppdoc13 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:59 PM

    Can’t put Ryan above Flacco until he wins some playoff games. So far he has come up small in the big games. Meanwhile, Flacco has won at least one playoff game every year he has been in the league.

    When you compare their stats, they are almost identical. But Ryan has a top flight WR crew that Flacco has never had. Tony G. is better than Todd Heap ever was. Their offensive lines are similar. Ray Rice is better than Turner, but not by leaps and bounds.

    Bottom line is that Flacco has come thru in the playoffs and Matty Ice has pissed down his leg.

  27. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 13, 2012 11:56 PM

    Sorry, but I don’t think a QB should make the top 10 list until they’ve won at least 1 play-off game. Ryan has lots of weapons (Tony Gonzales, Roddy White, Michael Turner, and now Julio Jones), so there’s no excuse for his disappearing act during the post-season.

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