Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.
Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.
Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.
Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?
Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every positions – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.
The series kicks off with the most-important position in football – quarterback.
Let the debate begin!
10. Ben Roethlisberger
Stats have never defined Big Ben. He’s only thrown for more than 30 touchdowns in a season on one occasion, while eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark three times. Both are fairly pedestrian benchmarks in today’s NFL. But Roethlisberger isn’t about numbers. He’s about making plays, especially in key situations. And few quarterbacks are better at those moments than the Steelers QB. In a big game, down by four with two minutes to play, Big Ben is great to have under center.
9. Philip Rivers
The thing that makes some people despise the Chargers quarterback is exactly what makes him so good – his moxie. Rivers has a swagger about him that is crucial to finding success has a signal caller. He isn’t fazed by any situation or opposing player, the rare breed who seems to elevate his game when things get tense. And now that he has Mike McCoy as his head coach, who helped Rivers right the ship again in 2013 with a rebound season, one of the NFL’s best gunslingers is back at the top of his game.