Ben Roethlisberger was recently deemed the 7th best quarterback in the league by ESPN's Ron Jaworski.
There are obviously six QBs left to be ranked. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco. It is safe to say that the top four will be some combination of Brady, Manning, Rodgers, and Brees. And I can accept that, all four are amazing QBs, the homer in me still feels like Ben is just as good as that "the big four". But thats not my real problem with the ranking of Ben, it is more to do with the fact that Flacco and Ryan are going to be ranked above Ben, and ranked above Eli Manning for that matter. Two QBs with more hardware than anybody in the league outside of Brady.
Granted, Ben is not the type of QB who puts up the huge stats like those who I presume will be the top four QBs, but he is a proven winner who was having an MVP type season before his injury. If anyone has forgotten, Ben was playing fantastic last season, especially outstanding on third down last season pre injury, best in the league. It was quite remarkable really, I remember series after series of 1-2 yard run, followed by another 1-2 yard run, and then Ben consistently coming through on 3rd and long to keep the drive alive.
But back to the rankings, as I said I understand that Brady, Manning, Rodgers, and Brees will be the top four QBs in most analyst's rankings. But Big Ben undoubtedly has to fill out the top five along with them. I find it laughable that Flacco and Ryan are considered better QBs by "Jaws" (an analyst I have never really liked to be honest). Flacco got his ring, and Ryan has the stats, but frankly Ben has the rings (plural) and the stats. Due to missing three games last year Ben's overall numbers are a little behind, but his passer rating was a very respectable 97, Ryan's was 99, Flacco's 87. And keep in mind Ben's career passer rating is better than both of them, he is top ten all time.
So in conclusion, I think Jaworski got it wrong putting Ben outside of the top five, and behind Ryan and Flacco. I will say Ryan and Flacco are fine QBs, and certainly top ten in the league. But Ben is on a different level from those two until they have the rings and the stats the way that Ben has.
I realize these rankings are meaningless, but they are a good talking point, exactly why I am curious what others think about this.