Breaking down game's best QBs
Manning is no escape artist in the pocket and probably should have taken a few more sacks to avoid some of the 25 interceptions he threw, but he knows how to avoid pressure. He was sacked once every 35 attempts as compared to Roethlisberger (1:13), Rivers (1:15), Rodgers (1:16), Brady (1:21), Ryan (1:26) and Brees (1:27). Still, it was ignored in the top 100.
If the list was constructed on potential, I understand Freeman's inclusion. If the list was constructed on history, I understand McNabb's inclusion.
Someone I respect told me it wasn't a surprise that Manning didn't make the top 100 because he's a middle-of-the-road quarterback who is little more than serviceable. That made me wonder if I would take Manning over Romo, McNabb, Freeman, Campbell, Matt Hasselbeck, Chad Henne, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Kyle Orton or Matt Cassel? I posed that question to five NFL people with the idea of the 2011 season as the criteria. Romo got one vote, Flacco and Freeman each got two, and none for the rest of the group.
While it's debatable if Manning should replace one of the 12 quarterbacks on the list, I know he's better than some of the 18 wide receivers who made it and there's no doubt he should be included in the top 100.