Chris Simms ranks the top 16 quarterbacks

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Last year, Chris Simms made waves by putting Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles at No. 70 on the Simms listing of NFL quarterbacks. This year, Simms has gotten started with the top 16.

Spoiler: Bortles didn’t make it. (Then again, Simms never did, either.)

The list of those who did appears in the video attached to this post. Which is a roundabout way of saying, “You should watch it.”

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55 responses to “Chris Simms ranks the top 16 quarterbacks

  1. I’d go Brady, Wilson, Rodgers but that’s just me. Not everyone has to conform to my POV.

    I think Wilson is the closest thing to a young TB12 as you can find. Even the #1 Manning vs. 6th round Brady mirrors #1 Luck vs mid round Wilson.

    in both cases the media anointed #1 pick got/gets more credit for constantly accomplishing less than the guy/s picks later.

    I’m not arguing that Rogers isn’t more gifted. But this is a results business. His results don’t add up to TB12 or Wilson. Brees and Rogers are pretty close behind. IMO those 4 are on their own level.

  2. But of course Vikings fans and Pats fans know more about QB’s than Chris Simms who played the position and learned the position from his father who happens to be one of the Top 50 QBs ever.

    Haters gonna hate👍

  3. “Hmm… Andrew Luck, even tho’ he ain’t played for the past two years lol… Chile, pleeze lol”

    Great point. How many games has Watson played? Where’s he ranked?

  4. “He’ll be on the list by the end of the year”
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    Because cracking the top 16 is a great accomplishment?

  5. I’m not arguing that Rogers isn’t more gifted. But this is a results business. His results don’t add up to TB12 or Wilson. Brees and Rogers are pretty close behind. IMO those 4 are on their own level.
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    Russ had an all-time defense.

    Brady has Belichick.

    Rodgers is saddled with the second coming of Marty Schottenheimer.

  6. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:33 am
    But of course Vikings fans and Pats fans know more about QB’s than Chris Simms who played the position and learned the position from his father who happens to be one of the Top 50 QBs ever.

    Haters gonna hate👍
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    And if you think P Simms is a top 50 QB ever, you know even less about QB’s than Pats or Viking fans. Simms had one great game in his life, in the Super Bowl, kind of like Timmy Smith for the Redskins.

  7. Matthew Stafford fourth? He puts up big stats but so does Kirk Cousins. Look at their stats and wins for the last three years and they’re nearly identical. I think Cousins will move up this on this list next year just because he’s playing on a better team.

    Deshaun Watson looks like he’ll be great but let’s try to remember he’s only played 7 games. Maybe we should let him play a full season before anointing him a top 10 quarterback. Remember RGIII and his rookie year? I think doing it for a few seasons ought to count for something.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:33 am

    But of course Vikings fans and Pats fans know more about QB’s than Chris Simms who played the position and learned the position from his father who happens to be one of the Top 50 QBs ever.

    Haters gonna hate👍
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    I saw three comments from Packer trolls ripping Cousins and nothing from Viking fans before you made your comment. Who’s the hater here?

  9. But of course Vikings fans and Pats fans know more about QB’s than Chris Simms who played the position…
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    Guess what, I’m a Pats fan and don’t care who Simms lists as the #1 QB because at the end of the day I’m completely fine with 12-14 wins and a shot at the SB every year with TB12. Can the Packer fans say the same thing? Must be nice winning the pre-season SB every year as a Packers fan, but hey, I’m happy with the 5 the Pats have gotten during this run.

  10. carlpanzramwasatypicalminnesotan says:

    August 23, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Cousins seems high.

    Probably not good enough to be top 15

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    How is Cousin’s not in the top 15? He routinely puts up 4k yards, close to 30 TDS a year, high passer rating. How does Stafford belong in the top 15 but not COusin’s? Both have zero playoff wins. Stafford has had better WR’s and defense’s to.

    I’d say Cousin’s is like #12.

  11. When Simms ranks RBs or defenses, where oh where will the Packers be? After Rodgers. You got nothing.

  12. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am
    Rodgers ranked #1.
    Patriots fans will go nuts – which is perfectly understandable.
    Viking fans will go nuts – which is hilarious.

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    I don’t think Patriots fans have a big problem with Rodgers being ranked number #1 (especially from Simms who loves Rodgers). There’s a case to be made. Brady is 41, Rodgers is excellent. If you base it solely on last year it wouldn’t be right, but it does make sense.

    Now if you are talking about who has been better all time that’s different.

    Rodgers hasn’t had enough good performance on the road or coming from behind to put him ahead of at least 5 or 6 QBs on the all time list despite his unbelieve throwing ability.

    Now if you taking about who is better all

  13. filthymcnasty3 says:

    August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Rodgers ranked #1.

    Patriots fans will go nuts – which is perfectly understandable.

    Viking fans will go nuts – which is hilarious.

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    Not really. I’m a Vikings fan and I think Rodgers is the best QB in the league. I also think he is the only reason Green Bay isn’t 7-9 every year. Green Bay relies to much on elite QB play and huge plays. Big reason why Zimmer has been building this defense.

  14. August 23, 2018 at 11:52 am
    I’m not arguing that Rogers isn’t more gifted. But this is a results business. His results don’t add up to TB12 or Wilson. Brees and Rogers are pretty close behind. IMO those 4 are on their own level.
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    Russ had an all-time defense.
    Brady has Belichick.
    Rodgers is saddled with the second coming of Marty Schottenheimer.

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    Maybe if Rodgers played better he would make his coach look better like Brady does.

  15. h0metownzero says:

    August 23, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Once again we have no Viking QB to be found in the top 10.

    $90M bucks – right down the drain.

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    Good thing the VIkings have a top 5 defense every year, and don’t need a top 10 QB to be competitive. The Packers need elite QB play on free plays and phantom facemask calls to win games. The Packers are 7-9 without Rodgers every year. The Vikings had more injuries than the Packers and went 13-3. Third String QB!

  16. inozwetrust says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:46 am
    Wilson ahead of Brady and Ben? I don’t think so. Luck should not be on the list at all.

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    Wilson has to figure out how not to get killed again this year. Not sure he will have an opportunity to perform. I think he’s great though. I won’t argue too much if someone wants to put him ahead of Brady, although I disagree.

    Luck should definitely be off the list until he proves it again on the field.

  17. Who’s falling on this sword and reciting the top 16 in the comments? … not that I particularly care what Chris Simms think’s about who the top 16 are.

    Being the armchair NFL GM that I am, how about I treat you all to MY top 16! Here goes:

    1. Brady – He wins, and wins when it counts, with the rings to prove it.
    2. Rodgers – He fights for his life every season and doesn’t win when it counts. But he posses many of the traditionally desired characteristics of a ‘great’ quarterback. He’s just not the best.
    3. Brees – Very much like Rodgers. More of a statistical guy, yet padded by pass-first offense. There’s certainly some distance between the quality of #1 to #3.
    4. Roethlisberger – He’s declining now, but has historically been a top guy. His ability to keep plays alive contributes to his value.
    5. Rivers – Similar to Big Ben, he’s getting long in the tooth. His throwing motion has to be the most hideous thing in the NFL, but it works for him. He’s a good QB on a bad team, and the can’t seem to get over the hump. Reminds me of Tony Romo in that regard.
    6. Stafford
    7. Ryan
    8. Wilson
    9. Wentz
    10. Newton
    11. Prescott
    12. Watson
    13. Garoppolo
    14. Cousins
    16. Smith
    Honorable mention: Winston, Goff, Carr and Mariota.

  18. But of course Vikings fans and Pats fans know more about QB’s than Chris Simms who played the position and learned the position from his father who happens to be one of the Top 50 QBs ever.
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    No. We just put more stock in the NFL ranking that had Brady as the overall #1 coming into the 2018 season over a guy that has shown his bias against the Pats and Brady in the past.

  19. Russ had an all-time defense.

    Brady has Belichick.

    Rodgers is saddled with the second coming of Marty Schottenheimer.
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    This never made any sense to me. So most years the Packers win the division and end up in at least the divisional round of the playoffs, if not the NFCCG. So McCarthy is good enough to get them that far but when they come up short its always on him and Rodgers can do no wrong?

    Plus, BB has Brady not the other way around. Without Brady, the Pats don’t come back from a 28-3 deficit against the Falons. They don’t light the Seahawks up in the 4th quarter. And they likely get beat by a lot more than 8 points in last year’s SB.

  20. I’d have to say Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson make sense as the top two quarterbacks because Rodgers makes a terrible team a playoff contender every year, and Wilson started to do the same thing last year as he dragged that team as far as it could go. Brady has had incredible success but he’s always had a much better team around him, and certainly better coaching, than Rodgers has had. I’d probably put Brady second but there’s no question Rodgers is the best quarterback.

  21. Maybe if Rodgers played better he would make his coach look better like Brady does.
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    He’s the highest rated QB of all-time.

    He was the highest rated post-season QB of all-time just a couple short years ago, currently 5th, percentage points behind the active leader.

    How could he have played any better?

    Rodgers is getting it done. Always has.

  22. ajzinnecker says:
    August 23, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    The Packers are 7-9 without Rodgers every year.
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    The Packers were 7-9 last year and Rodgers played six full games. Without him, they would be 4-12 or 5-11 every year. I know that hurts Packer fans’ feelings, but the results were proven right out there on the field last year and in 2013. Those two years, their record was a combined 5-12-1 (.306) without Rodgers and 10-4 (.714) with him. That’s why he’s the best in the game.

  23. So McCarthy is good enough to get them that far but when they come up short its always on him and Rodgers can do no wrong?
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    Does he ‘get them that far’, or is it just Rodgers?

    Name another coach to squander a double digit lead in a Championship game after 56 minutes?

    Name another coach that allowed Colin Kaepernick to go for 444 yards.. Colin Kaepernick!!!!.. can’t even get a job right now.

    Name another coach with 5 walk off postseason losses?

    The guy has been outcoached too many times for this to be a coincidence.

  24. Does he ‘get them that far’, or is it just Rodgers?

    Name another coach to squander a double digit lead in a Championship game after 56 minutes?

    Name another coach that allowed Colin Kaepernick to go for 444 yards.. Colin Kaepernick!!!!.. can’t even get a job right now.
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    Then if its just Rodgers why can’t they win that last 1-2 games to get them to the SB? Tough to give him all the credit and none of the blame.

    Dan Quinn blew a double digit lead in remarkable fashion. It was a little less than 56 minutes through, but still really bad and on the worse stage.

    Colin K. is awful, but he wasn’t always. He did get his team to a SB and was on the upswing. He also came into New England and lit up the Pats on Sunday night football.

  25. Simms list:

    1. Rodgers
    2. Wilson
    3. Brady
    4. Stafford
    5. Wentz
    6. Roethlisberger
    7. Newton
    8. Watson
    9. Ryan
    10. Brees
    11. Cousins
    12. Rovers
    13. Luck
    14. Carr
    15. Garoppolo
    16. Smith

  26. ariani1985 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:41 am
    Rogers = Dilfer

    Let that sink in!

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    Dilfer > Every single player who’s ever worn that ugly, purple, Vikings uniform.

    Seriously, let that sink in!
    skoLOL!!!

  27. “Phil Simms had one great game in his life”

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    I thought some of the crew here on PFT could not get more clueless. Then you all surprise me once again.

    Any fool who thinks Phil Simms is not a Top 50 all time QB is either 12 yrs old or as clueless about the NFL as a rock

    33,462 yards

    199 TD’s

    55.4 completion %

    78.5 QB Rating

    Y.A Tittle

    28,339 yards

    212 TD’s

    55.5 completion %

    73.6 QB Rating

    Obviously anyone who is not a complete clueless clown has both Phil Simms and Y.A. Tittle in their Top 50 QB’s of all time.

  28. GOOGLE Ken Anderson’s statistics.

    For simms to be the “list” guy and not fight for this guy shows very weak sauce.

  29. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I thought some of the crew here on PFT could not get more clueless. Then you all surprise me once again.

    Any fool who thinks Phil Simms is not a Top 50 all time QB is either 12 yrs old or as clueless about the NFL as a rock

    33,462 yards

    199 TD’s

    55.4 completion %

    78.5 QB Rating

    Y.A Tittle

    28,339 yards

    212 TD’s

    55.5 completion %

    73.6 QB Rating

    Obviously anyone who is not a complete clueless clown has both Phil Simms and Y.A. Tittle in their Top 50 QB’s of all time.
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    I’ve never actually made a list of my top 50 quarterbacks of all time so I don’t know if Phil Simms would made the list or not, but I do know you have to be a complete clueless clown to make a case for a guy who played in the ’80s and ’90s by comparing his career statistics to a guy who played in the ’50s and ’60s.

  30. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I thought some of the crew here on PFT could not get more clueless. Then you all surprise me once again.

    Any fool who thinks Phil Simms is not a Top 50 all time QB is either 12 yrs old or as clueless about the NFL as a rock

    33,462 yards

    199 TD’s

    55.4 completion %

    78.5 QB Rating

    Y.A Tittle

    28,339 yards

    212 TD’s

    55.5 completion %

    73.6 QB Rating

    Obviously anyone who is not a complete clueless clown has both Phil Simms and Y.A. Tittle in their Top 50 QB’s of all time.
    _________

    Kerry Collins

    40,922 yards

    208 TD’s

    55.7 completion %

    73.8 QB Rating

    Based on your reasoning, Kerry Collins is also one of the top 50 QBs of all time.

  31. The biggest miss here is somehow nobody has told Simms that you don’t button the top button of a shirt unless you’re wearing a tie. Florio knows what’s up.

  32. Without Belichick, the Patriots don’t hold the Seahawks and Falcons scoreless in the 4th quarter of those games and Brady wouldn’t have been able to come back.

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    blessedunliketherest says:

    Plus, BB has Brady not the other way around. Without Brady, the Pats don’t come back from a 28-3 deficit against the Falons. They don’t light the Seahawks up in the 4th quarter. And they likely get beat by a lot more than 8 points in last year’s SB.

  33. Simms finished his career appearing in 23 games with a 58.1% completion percentage, 12 TDS, 18 Ints and a 69.1 QB rating. Based on those numbers most fans know more about the QB position than Chris Simms.

  34. Hilarious, Cousins hasn’t even played a single regular season Game for Minnesota, and had played on a horrible Washington team. But NO WAY Rodgers is #1! We don’t even know IF he can play a full game now, OR if he even has any arm strength after SHATTERING his Shoulder last year? Enjoy this year because you may be looking at an era of not having a Pro Bowl QB… AWW what a shame.. I am glad Chris Simms pulled his head out of his A*s to do the debate with Florio.

  35. @Rob Bryz

    Where does it say the stats I posted are the only reason I think Phil Simms is a top 50 QB?

    I was replying to one of your fellow clowns who said “Phil Simms has had one great game in his life”

    It would not surprise me if you don’t think Phil Simms is Top 50 QB either. However, I know your reason for posting is simply trying to prove me wrong on something.

    Which you epically failed at once again.

    How’s that roster coming along? Zimmer said it lacks depth at many positions.

    See you Sept. 16th Robbie boy👌

  36. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    @Rob Bryz

    Where does it say the stats I posted are the only reason I think Phil Simms is a top 50 QB?

    I was replying to one of your fellow clowns who said “Phil Simms has had one great game in his life”
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    Why would you refute the statement that Phil Simms has had one great game in his life by posting the career statistics of Simms and Y.A. Tittle? Wouldn’t it make more sense to list some of the other great games that Simms has had? The clear implication is that Simms was a top 50 quarterback because he has similar career statistics to Y.A. Tittle. Kerry Collins also has similar career stats to Y.A. Tittle, so based on your logic, I guess he must have had a lot of great games and belongs in the top 50.

  37. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Rodgers ranked #1.

    Patriots fans will go nuts – which is perfectly understandable.

    Viking fans will go nuts – which is hilarious.
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    I don’t know a single Vikings fan that does NOT think Rogers is number one or two on this list and think if the defense was finally a priority it will be worrisome (like this year). Trolling non-Vikings or Packer articles that have many teams is pretty telling who trolls way too much. So here’s a Vikings fan going nuts I guess…

  38. How is Ben ranked 6th here and Brees is ranked 10.

    Ben had a less completion %, less yards, and he had 14 ints to Brees’ 8. He had 4 more passing TDs, big deal. Saints had 2 probowl running backs punching em in.

    Brees, as of just last season, lead the entire NFL among active starters in completion percentage, and was 4th in passing yards.. on a team with 2 probowl running backs.. He had the 2nd highest QBR in the league as, I think? Regardless of order, it’s Brady, Brees, and Rodgers (as someone else pointed out) After that, it’s whatever.

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