Eagles debate table: Are there 8 quarterbacks better than Carson Wentz?

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Are there eight quarterbacks in the current NFL landscape that are better than Carson Wentz? One NFL writer seems to think so.

Love them or hate them, Pro Football Focus gets people talking. That didn’t change a whole heck of a lot as they recently ranked every one of the NFL’s starting quarterbacks for the 2018 season. Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz‘s spot on the list is debatable, especially if you’re a fan of ‘The Birds’.

He made the top ten. He was ninth, but are there truly eight other quarterbacks that are better than he is?

Let’s look at how things shaped up.

Here’s who Steve Palazzolo, this story’s writer, sees as the ten best quarterbacks in the NFL‘s current crop:

1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

8. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

9. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

It’s an interesting ranking. Some of those guys are obvious choices. Tom Brady deserves to be at the top if the list, and most people would agree with that. He isn’t just the best quarterback in the league. He may just be the best quarterback in NFL history.

You can throw Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers in that category as well, but what about Matt Ryan? Who would you rather have as your franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz or ‘Matty Ice’? How did he get the name ‘Matty Ice’ in the first place?  He isn’t clutch.

First thing’s first. Here’s Palazzolo’s take on Wentz.

Take a gander:

"2017 overall grade, rank: 84.9 (6th)2017 Cluster: 3Wentz had a breakout 2017 season, grading at 84.9 overall, good for sixth in the league before going down to a knee injury. He had the second-highest percentage of big-time throws and also ranked second in accuracy percentage on tight-window throws."

There are two things to consider here. One, you have to keep in mind that PFF has those weird analytics and rankings systems. Second, Ryan’s got guys like Julio Jones to get the ball to. Maybe he isn’t one of the top five quarterbacks in the league. Maybe he is.

Whatever side you’re on, you have to admit that it’s an interesting conversation piece. The debate table is, again, open, thanks to PFF.