As I stated in a previous article, it is ranking season. With the NFL officially in the dead months, websites and networks need to find a way to keep fans engaged, and what better way to do this than to rank things. And by things I mean everything.
We here at BTSC are as guilty as anyone, but recently NBC Sports’ Chris Simms put together his annual Top 40 quarterback list, and this year the list is making a lot of noise over his Top 10.
But before getting to the Top 10, Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found himself as the No. 6 quarterback on the list. This is what Simms had to say, via his official Twitter account, as to why Roethlisberger is ranked where he is:
6⃣ is @_BigBen7. Can make throws that only a few guys can make. Probably the best downfield thrower right now. #steelers #bigben #simmsqbranks pic.twitter.com/cH82XyIWVy— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) June 25, 2019
Roethlisberger being in the Top 10 is understandable, and most would be okay with him being ranked 6th, but when you see the Top 5 you might disagree. Here is who was ranked higher than Roethlisberger on Simms’ list:
1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Patrick Mahomes
3. Russell Wilson
4. Andrew Luck
5. DeShaun Watson
6. Ben Roethlisberger
For those who are scratching their heads, just wait till you see who rounded out the Top 10:
7. Matt Ryan
8. Cam Newton
9. Tom Brady
10. Drew Brees
There are some sites who want nothing more than to draw attention, and traffic, to their content. I am not accusing Simms of making a list which seems ludicrous to just garner attention, but if this was indeed his goal he can call this mission accomplished.
For players like Mahomes, Wilson and Luck, you could easily accept it if they were listed among the Top 10, but to have accomplished players like Brees and Brady at the tail end of any ranking, this after Brady won the Super Bowl last year and Brees was one missed call away from getting there himself, seems a bit on the crazy side.
Then again, you might completely agree with these rankings. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But more importantly, do you agree with where Roethlisberger is ranked? Should he be higher, or is he right where he should be? Let us know in the comment section below!