Tuesday, February 11, 2014

All Blue Thunder Team (Defense)

Yesterday I unveiled the All Blue Thunder Team starting with the offensive side of the ball. As great as that offense would be it is the defense that would scare me the most. The All Blue Thunder Team's defense is a 4-4 that features fear at every position. Running would be next to impossible...and if the QB could get the pass off with the ferocious pass rush he would likely be throwing to blanketed WR's that couldn't get open!


The defensive unit was not difficult to select. As with the offense I tend to favor players who played more recently as they are bigger, faster, and stronger. As you'll see there are still some players that are "throw backs" that are just too good to leave off this team. We may not see guys that match the tenacity and killer instinct that a lot of the older players had.

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All Blue Thunder Team defense
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Depth Chart - Starters in bold
RE
Reggie White
Carl Eller

LE
Bruce Smith
Gino Marchetti

DT
Joe Greene
Warren Sapp

DT
Deacon Jones
Alan Page

MLB
Jack Lambert
Dick Butkus

MLB
Mike Singletary
Ray Nitschke

OLB
Lawrence Taylor
Junior Seau

OLB
Derrick Thomas
Rickey Jackson

CB
Dieon Sanders
Rod Woodson

CB
Mel Blount
Darrel Green

FS
Ronnie Lott

There you have it...the All Blue Thunder Team defense. Perhaps you disagree with the depth chart? Let me know! Leave a comment!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

All Blue Thunder Team (Offense)

John Madden has his "All-Madden" team...we've all used them while playing Madden and thought to ourselves "Hey...where's (insert player)? He should be on this team!" Well...I've thought the same thing.

Blue Thunder Sports presents it's All Blue Thunder Team. This installment gives you the offense. The starting lineup is pictured followed by the rest of the offensive depth chart.  The biggest challenge was deciding on a base formation...3 or 4 WR's? Should there be a FB? I went with a 3WR, single back formation and left out the FB. There is a FB on the roster, but in today's pass-first NFL I opted to field the extra wide out.

So...without further ado...


The All Blue Thunder Team (Offense)
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Head Coach
Bill Belichick

Depth Chart
QB1 Tom Brady
QB2 John Elway

RB1 Barry Sanders
RB2 Walter Payton

FB Jim Brown

WR1 Jerry Rice
WR2 Randy Moss
WR3 Terrell Owens
WR4 Steve Largent
WR5 Calvin Johnson

TE1 Tony Gonzalez
TE2 Shannon Sharpe

LT1 Anthony Munoz
LT2 Jonathan Ogden

LG1 Randall McDaniel
LG2 Gene Upshaw

C1 Mike Webster
C2 Jim Otto

RG1 Bruce Matthews
RG2 Mike Munchak

RT1 John Hannah
RT2 Art Shell

Do you see somebody that you think should have made the team? Would you adjust the starting lineup? Let me know what you think! I'll take this team up against any 11 on any given Sunday (no...Willie Beamen didn't make it)!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the defense!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fantasy Football Friday!

Its Fantasy Football Friday!

Its never too soon to prepare for the fantasy football season. This week, on Fantasy Football Friday, I'm bringing you some Blue Thunder Sports predictions for this next season. I'm usually right, but in the off chance that I miss one here or there we'll stick to calling them predictions rather than guarantees.

1. Ray Rice will be a top 10 fantasy RB - Rice fell off this last season putting up less than 1000 total yards and only 4 tds. He will rebound in 2014 and hit 1500 total yards and at least 12 tds.

2. Frank Gore will rush for under 1000 yds - Gore hasn't missed the 1000 yd mark since 2010. He'll be 31 by the start of next season and with a healthy Marcus Lattimore stealing carries Gore will miss the 1000 yd mark.

3. Johnny Manziel's ADP will be WAY TOO HIGH - Manziel may some day be a valuable fantasy weapon with the combination of his arm and his legs...but that won't be in 2014. Some nut in your league will draft him within the first 5 rounds....don't let that nut be you!

4. Rob Gronkowski will play the whole season - Gronkowski has been slightly injury prone over the last few years....in 2014 he will make one lucky owner VERY happy with a return to the class of TE elite...draft him (unless you can get Jimmy Graham)!

5. RG3 will be RG3 again - RG3 had a not-so-RG3 season in 2013, but let's not forget that he was coming off a torn ACL while playing for a terrible team and a coach who didn't properly use his skills. With a new coach in town and healthy legs RG3 will return to his old RG3 ways and be RG3 again.......RG3 RG3 RG3.

6. Peyton Manning will be the highest scoring fantasy QB - Duh.....

7. Eddie Lacy will be a top 3 RB - We all saw how talented Lacy was in 2013. There is no reason to believe that he will slow down. His numbers will only get better...I project 1400 yds rushing and 14 rushing tds. Draft him very early...he may even lead the league in rushing!

8. Matt Ryan will become the 6th QB to throw for 5,000 yards - Ryan will get Julio Jones and Roddy White back at full strength in 2014. Once Atlanta finds a RB in the offseason to replace the aging Steven Jackson they will have a ground game again...which will open up the field for Ryan to shred the defensive secondary (except Seattle).

9. The NFC West will have the top 4 defenses - Seattle, San Francisco, Arizona, and St. Louis will all be very, very good defenses in 2014. This division is full of dominant pass rushers, elite linebackers, and Super Bowl winning secondaries.

10. I will defend my 2013 fantasy title - This one is probably the most obvious on this list...you can take that to the bank!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feed Your Football Addiciton

If you love football as much as I do then you know that you just can't get enough NFL action. The 2013/14 season may be over, but I'll be watching games all year!

Here is how you can get all the football action you want, from now, until opening kickoff of the 2014 regular season!

Do yourself a favor, if you haven't already, and go to NFL.com to purchase NFL Game Rewind. If you really call yourself a football fan then this is a must-have. For only $25 you get access to ANY regular season and post-season game all the way back to 2009! You can watch games on your laptop or tablet in either the full broadcast mode, condensed mode (which only takes 30 minutes for a whole game!), or via the all-22 game film that shows every player on the field...the same game film the experts watch!

......did you buy it yet?? I'll wait.............

Okay...now that you're on board with Game Rewind...here is an off season schedule of games and events that you can watch each week that will carry you straight into next season! Keep in mind...you could also just watch your favorite team every single week...you're in control!

Offseason Schedule

Week 1 - Feb 9th - GB 28 @ SF 34 (week 1)

Week 2 - Feb 16th - CAR 23 @ BUF 24 (week 2)

Week 3 - Feb 23rd - NFL Combine!!

Week 4 - March 2nd - KC 26 @ PHI 16 or GB 30 @ CIN 34 (both week 3)

Week 5 - March 9th - SEA 23 @ HOU 20 (week 4)

Week 6 - March 16th - NYJ 30 @ ATL 28 (week 5)

Week 7 - March 23rd - DEN 51 @ DAL 48 (week 5)

Week 8 - March 30th - NO 27 @ NE 30 (week 6)

Week 9 - April 6th - CHI 41 @ WAS 45 (week7)

Week 10 - April 13th - DEN 33 @ IND 39 (week 7)

Week 11 - April 20th - DAL 30 @ DET 31 (week 8)

Week 12 - April 27th - TB 24 @ SEA 27 (week 9)

Week 13 - May 4th - DET 21 @ CHI 19 (week10)

Week 14 - May 11th - NFL Draft!!

Week 15 - May 18th - SF 20 @ NO 23 (week 11)

Week 16 - May 25th - SD 41 @ KC 38 (week 12)

Week 17 - June 1st - PIT 20 @ BAL 22 (week 13)

Week 18 - June 8th - Wildcard Round - KC 44 @ IND 45

Week 19 - June 15th - Wildcard Round NO 26 @ PHI 24

Week 20 - June 22nd - Wildcard Round - SF 23 @ GB 20

Week 21 - June 29th - Divisional Round Playoffs SD 17 @ DEN 24

Week 22 - July 6th - Divisional Round Playoffs NO 15 @ SEA 23

Week 23 - July 13th - The annual Hall of Fame game should be on this date (not confirmed)

Week 24 - July 20th - AFC Championship - NE 16 @ DEN 26

Week 25 - July 27th - NFC Championship - SF 17 @ SEA 23

Week 26 - August 3rd - Super Bowl XLVIII...remind yourself how awesome the Seahawks were in 2013

And there you have it....an entire offseason schedule of games and events for you to watch...the best part is that you can change any game that you want and you don't have to sit through some terrible game that the networks were stuck on! I'll just be watching all of the Seahawks games though...


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

An Unofficial Fan Guide to the 2014 NFL Offseason

If there is one thing we've learned over the years from the NFL it is that there is NO off season! The NFL is a year-round sport that allows us to feed our football appetite all year long. Thank you, NFL, for turning what used to be "boring" off season events into great, football-infused, time-consuming, mind-bending television!

If you haven't checked the off season schedule of events...you can check it out right here! This is a good start to keep you entertained and your football thirst quenched until August.

FEB 17th - Teams can officially start designating players as "Franchise" or "Transition" players....this will give us a good idea which big name free agents will be testing the market.

FEB 19-25 - NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis!! You can melt your brain watching 40's, bench press, cone drills, vertical leaps, and position drills. This is the time when every one of us becomes the best pro football talent evaluator in the country!

MAR 8th - Teams can begin negotiating with UFA's. They can't sign players to contracts quite yet, but at least they are talking about it...which means we'll be talking about it!

MAR 11 - The 2014 League Year begins! Teams can sign free agents, and must also be under the 2014 salary cap by this date. Teams can also start to execute trades.

APR 7th - Teams that have a new coach can start the offseason workout programs...Jamarcus Russell can start working out again as well.

APR 21st - Everyone else can start offseason workout programs...Jamarcus Russell will need a break by now.

MAY 2nd - This is the deadline for RFA's to sign offer sheets

MAY 8th-10th - NFL Draft!! Here's the day where we all think our team just drafted the next franchise player to lead them to the promise land! Might as well just watch rounds 3-7 though...that's where all the talent is (see Seattle).

JULY 15th - Players tagged as Franchise players must sign extensions by 4pm otherwise they can only sign a 1 year deal with no opportunity for an extension until that team's season is over. It's also my birthday! Buy me something nice...

Mid-July - Preseason training camp begins! Finally...we can smell the season right around the corner!

August - The Hall of Fame game will kick off the preseason games for 2014. It's not a good game, but by this time we haven't seen a real NFL game in so long that we actually believe what we're watching is real quality. Afterwards...we can discuss the winner of this game going all the way!

THURSDAY SEPT 4TH - This is completely speculation on my part, but this could be the regular season opener! Last year it was on Sept 5th...so why not have it here again for 2014?? The opening kickoff will signal the arrival of the 2014 regular season and another long road to Super Bowl XLVIV!!

So there you have it. An entire off season schedule of events that can keep you busy from February until opening kickoff of 2014! Put it in your calendar and prepare yourself for another great year of football!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014 Blue Thunder Sports NFL Power Rankings

Sadly, the 2013 season has come to a close. For those of you who do not subscribe to the NFL's Game Rewind product you are stuck watching replay's of the league's choosing on the NFL Network. If you don't have the NFL Network...well...I can't help you!

As we move beyond the monumental ass whooping that the Seahawks put on the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII we can begin to look to NEXT season! After all...that's what the GM's and NFL front offices have already started doing...shouldn't we be right there with them??

Without further ado...I have compiled my 2014 Blue Thunder Sports NFL Power Rankings heading into next season. Which teams will make it rain? Which teams will just drizzle all year long? Keep in mind that no draft picks have been made and free agency has yet to take it's toll on the league. Of course, the rankings will change as we move through the off season, but if the season started today (we can dream, right?) this is where I would rank the teams. So here we go...

Top Ten

1. Seahawks - The Super beat down that they laid on the Broncos and the #1 offense shows just how tough this defense really is. This team is primed for another run at the Lombardi trophy right now. Seattle was the youngest team in the 2013 playoffs and have a strong core of players that now have all that playoff and big game experience you could ask for!

2. 49ers - The OTHER team in the NFC West...the 49ers and Seahawks, some say, played the real Super Bowl in the NFC Championship. One of the strongest defenses in the league...a dynamic, play-making QB, strong running game, and a killer instinct....hmm...this sounds awfully familiar (see Seahawks at #1). The 49ers are Seattle's biggest obstacle in 2014 and these two teams will surely have some epic battles in 2014...and I project an NFC Championship rematch.

3. Broncos - Denver may have lost the big game 43-8, but let's not forget that they had the top offense...ever! With a strong core returning including a second year RB in Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, the Thomas', Welker the offense should be just as dominating. The defense will also be healthy with the return of Von Miller, and Chris Harris. Oh yeah...and there's that Manning guy.

4. Saints - Drew Brees and Sean Payton will have the Saints ready to play in 2014. Jimmy Graham is still the top TE in the game...and the Saints know how to win. They'll need to play better on the road, but assuming this year was sort of a fluke they should be just fine.

5. Packers - Let's not forget that the Packers were 6-2 with Aaron Rodgers in the lineup. Without Rodgers the Packers won only two games while dropping 5 and achieving a tie. Rodgers will be healthy and with the emerging of RB Eddie Lacy the Packers now have a strong ground game to support him. The Pack will be back in 2014.

6. Panthers - The Panthers defense is for real. Cam Newton is one of the most dynamic players to play in the league. Those two things propel the Panthers to the upper echelon of the NFC. They aren't quite on par with the Seahawks and 49ers, but these guys still know how to play football. Remember...they were a game away from being a game away from the Super Bowl....I know...I just had to throw that in there.

7. Eagles - Chip Kelly and the Eagles proved that their scheme can work at the NFL level. If Foles can keep it up then he and Lesean McCoy will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. They're vulnerable in the secondary, but the offense is capable of putting up points in a hurry. Maclin will return, and Desean Jackson has returned from the grave now that he has a QB who likes to throw before running.

8. Patriots - Will Tom Brady EVER get a receiver to throw the ball to? This team is one dynamic playmaker away from being a top 5 team, but Brady can't do it all on his own. Gronk needs to stay healthy, but the three-headed rushing attack may be Brady's new best friend. Belicheck and Brady will win games....they always do.

9. Colts - The Colts are still getting better. Remember...they're just two years removed from being in the dumps of the NFL. Luck continues to improve and with a little help could take this team even deeper into the playoffs.

10. Chiefs - The Chiefs got off to an astronomical start last season, but couldn't maintain and came back down to Earth. They still have one of the top RBs in the league in Jamaal Charles, and Alex Smith has proven that he can lead a team to victory. The talent is there...the question is whether or not they can put it together for an entire season. I moved them down on this list because they showed that they are beatable in the latter half of the season. I can see this team being a top 5 team, but I can also see this team in the 15-20 range...it just depends on which team shows up.

The Rest...

11. Cardinals - Playing in one of the toughest divisions in football doesn't help, but could be a playoff team.

12. Bengals - Let's not overreact to that playoff loss....it happens

13. Steelers - Should have been a playoff team last year...SHOULD get there in 2014, but we'll see.

14. Chargers - (See Bengals) Don't get too high on these guys...they're still just mediocre.

15. Bears - Nearly made the playoffs in 2013...will need to unseat the Packers to get in for '14

16. Cowboys - Hey! It's America's team! Remember the 90's?

17. Ravens - Ray Rice will return to his old ways in 2014, but is it enough to get back to the playoffs? No...

18. Dolphins - Too much movement in personnel will keep them out of the playoffs in 2014.

19. Rams - If it weren't for the Seahawks, 49ers, and Cardinals this would be a playoff team....needs a QB.

20. Falcons - They SHOULD bounce back...Thomas Dimitroff is a smart guy, but I'll need to "wait and see"

21. Lions - Could be a playoff contender...Bush, Megatron, Suh...come on Lions...get your act together.

22. Jets - Fortunately there are other teams that are worse, but the Jets still aren't any good.

23. Bills - Spiller will need to produce something...and Manuel really needs to take strides in 2014.

24. Giants - Such a huge question mark. Can Eli rebound? Or will he throw another 75 ints?

25. Titans - They're heading in the wrong direction...getting worse...not better.

26. Bucs - This team could improve drastically next season. Glennon could be a top 10 QB, but needs help.

27. Browns - One of these days Cleveland is just going to go off.....just not next year...sorry Browns fans.

28. Vikings - If it weren't for AP the Vikings would be 32 on this list.

29. Redskins - RG3 will be 100%...and that could mean the Skins move way up this list

30. Raiders - Let's face it...the Raiders need so much help...I don't see them surprising anyone

31. Jaguars - It's not getting any better in Jacksonville...they NEED a great draft.

32. Texans - Ew...gross...what happened in Houston?? I'm sure they'll be better, but they aren't yet!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Is Crabtree REALLY mediocre? You decide...

   Colin Kaepernick, in an interview on Fox Sports, said that Richard Sherman's comments after the NFC Championship game were "ridiculous". Kaepernick disagreed with Sherman's comments about 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree being a mediocre receiver. Initially, even though I'm a Seahawks fan, I disagreed with the accusation on Crabtree as well. After taking a closer look, however, Sherman's analysis of the San Fran wide out may not be too far off.

                        See Kaepernick's interview here

   Michael Crabtree has been in the NFL for 5 seasons now and his career numbers, while certainly respectable, are nothing to get too excited about. In 63 career games Crabtree has registered 279 catches for 3,629 yards and 22 touchdowns. He had his best season in 2012 with just over 1,100 yards and 9 touchdowns. While Crabtree was injured most of the 2013 season (played in only 5 games), his stats stretched over an entire season would have still netted him less than 1,000 yards and only 3 touchdowns. These numbers would have put him outside the top 25 in yards and would have put him well outside the top 50 in touchdown catches. He would have ended up with yardage totals comparable to the likes of Rod Streater, Nate Washington, Riley Cooper, and Mike Wallace. Most fans would consider this group to be mediocre. Sure, they make a big play here or there...but they aren't game changers.

                        Check out Crabtree's stats via ESPN

   I know that you're thinking that I have no idea what I'm talking about, but I watched Crabtree play his 5 games just like everyone else. There is no denying that there is true talent and potential there. Crabtree has the ability to be a 1,300 yd and 10 TD kind of guy, but he's never gotten anywhere near those numbers yet. So before we completely disregard the comments made by Sherman let's just take a step back and remember...stats don't lie.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Super Bowl XLVIII Guarantee!

***Post Super Bowl update to this post - Turns out the Seahawks ended up wearing white....they must have read the Blue Thunder Sports blog...it worked! ;)  

Super Bowl XLVIII is right around the corner. We are less than 4 days away from kickoff. Peyton Manning is still addressing questions about his legacy and Marshawn Lynch isn't addressing anyone at all. Russell Wilson is being compared to (arguably) the greatest QB of all time, and Percy Harvin is rumored to be prepared to play EVERY snap. There are so many story lines heading into the weekend that its hard to keep track!

  Well here is one more thing to keep your eye on during the big game on Sunday...

  The Broncos, playing as the home team this weekend, have chosen to wear their orange uniforms while Seattle will opt for white. 

Why does this matter?

  11 of the last 15 Super Bowl winners wore their white away uniforms, including the John Elway led Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII against Atlanta. The last time Seattle played in the Super Bowl was in XL against the Steelers...Seattle wore blue. The only four teams to pull off the win while wearing their home colors were the Patriots in XXXVI led by a young and unknown Tom Brady, The Bucs in XXXVII and their vaunted Tampa 2 defense, the dynasty-bound Patriots in XXXVIII, and the Packers in XLV 4 years ago. This means that only one team in the last 9 Super Bowls has won while wearing their home colors.

  Here is a Super Bowl guarantee that even Joe Namath can be proud of - a team wearing home colors will win the Super Bowl this year! What a shocker! Only the second team in the last decade to pull of such a feat!

  Some may argue that this means Denver should be favored as their orange uniforms are closer to white than the Seahawks blue, but I'm sticking with my original pick of Seattle over Denver!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII prediction

Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction

Disclaimer - I'm a Seahawks fan....obviously

You're all probably amped for the Super Bowl (unless you're a 49er fan or Pats fan) and can't wait for two Sundays from now. Trust me...I'm as excited as you are. My Seahawks will be competing in their second Super Bowl in franchise history (2005 was the other....robbed) and will face the NFL's #1 offense and arguably the greatest QB of all time (the other Manning).

Here is how I see the big game going...

Denver is the top ranked offense in the NFL. There is no question that they are loaded with weapons and can hurt you in multiple ways. Decker, Thomas, Thomas, Welker, Moreno....all with Peyton Manning conducting the symphony. Manning threw a record 55 td passes this year and didn't have too many games this year where he didn't shred opposing defenses. In the AFC title game he tore apart the Patriots and threaded the needle all day long.

Seattle has, without question, the best defense in the NFL this year. They finished as the top ranked defense in total scoring, total yards, interceptions, and turnover differential. The Legion of Boom was dominating and is led by Richard Sherman...a very soft-spoken, quiet, reserved, humble cornerback....yeah right. Earl Thomas, a defensive player of the year candidate roams at FS and the hard-hitting Kam Chancellor brings the pain and flies around and makes plays for 60 minutes. Maxwell, at the CB position opposite Sherman, was 2nd in the NFL in opposing QB passer rating (second only to Sherman). The LB core paired with the DL helped the Seahawks have a top 10 rushing defense and the LB's also shut down TE's like Jimmy Graham, and Vernon Davis on more than one occasion (each).

While the Denver offense and the Seattle defense will be the story I think this game will be decided by the match up of the Seattle offense vs. the Denver defense.

Denver's defense is banged up and is missing their leader in Von Miller as well as their leader in the secondary, Chris Harris. They have played well this year and have only allowed one 100 yd rusher.

Seattle's offense is led by second year QB Russell Wilson and is anchored by the beast, Marshawn Lynch. They have played most of the year without their top two receivers (Rice and Harvin) and at the halfway point of the season ranked in the top 5 in scoring offense (a lot of people forget this). While the offense has "struggled" recently, they'll need to convert some of their signature big plays to get the job done.

Predicitions:

WEATHER (since everyone is talking about it...)
It's cold...29 degrees... but doesn't snow during the game. The announcers open the telecast by sharing the % chance of snow and spend a solid 10 minutes talking about the weather and it's possible impact on the game....but the snow never comes.

BRONCOS
Manning throws for over 300 yds and 2 tds, but also throws 2 picks.
Moreno rushes for 75 yds and doesn't hit paydirt.
Denver puts good pressure on Russell Wilson and forces him to make some bad throws, including one int.

SEATTLE
Russell Wilson throws for 210 yds and 1 td (to Golden Tate)
Lynch rushes for 130 yds and 2 tds.
Harvin makes a nice play here or there and the announces blow it way out of proportion...
LOB comes up with 2 picks...Sherman and Kam Chancellor. Kam returns his int for a game changing touchdown in the second half and Denver never recovers from the momentum shift.

FINAL
Seattle  28
Denver 17

MVP
Marshawn Lynch...beast mode...and he is forced to do a post game interview he doesn't want to be involved with, but pulls it off nicely.

Top 5 QBs of all time

For those of you that know me you already know that I am a die hard Seahawks fan and would love nothing more than to see them pound Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the Super Bowl. HOWEVER, with all the talk of Peyton Manning's legacy recently I think it's worth discussing where he fits in among the all-time greats at the QB position. Without further ado...here is my list of the greatest QB's of all time.

1. Tom Brady - Yeah..that's right. Tom Brady. 3 Super Bowls, 7th all time in passing yards, 5th all time in passing tds. 3rd among all QB's in career wins. He's accomplished all of this without the help of any elite talent at the receiver position. He had Randy Moss for a season or so, but other than that he's had nothing on the outside. He was recently voted as the least liked QB in the NFL. You know what they say...if people hate you then you must be doing something right!

2. John Elway - What a gamer. Elway had a great career in Denver and is the definition of a competitor. A two-time Super Bowl champion that has the stats to go along with the wins (4th all time). John Elway threw for over 51,000 yards (4th all time) and 300 tds (7th). He made the players around him better.

3. Joe Montana - He may not have as many wins, yards, or tds as some other QB's on this list, but Joe Montana is the greatest leader to play football. He was 4 for 4 in the Super Bowl and put San Fran on the map. He was Tom Brady before Tom Brady and many think he is the greatest of all time.....but I don't.

4. Peyton Manning - If Manning pulls out a Super Bowl win in two weeks against the NFL's top defense of the 2013 season he will jump to the top of this list. As I write this he only has one ring. I have no problem moving him to #1 if he gets his second this year. If he plays another 2 years he will most likely end his career with the most td passes, the most passing yards, and the most wins of any QB to ever play the game. He also may add another Super Bowl ring to his collection. There is no question that he is statistically the greatest to ever play under center, but in order to cement his status at the top he'll need to prove himself to be a champion.

5. Dan Marino - I know, I know...Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl. I don't care. Dan Marino is without question the greatest thrower of the football that has ever lived in this universe. He never threw to any big name receivers, but retired as the all time leader in yards and tds. If Marino had one a couple of rings then everyone would agree that he would be at the top of this list...does that mean that we simply take him out of the debate entirely?? No...absolutely not.

My dad would be pissed that this list didn't include Terry Bradshaw or Johnny Unitas, but the fact remains that they are outside of my top 5. Other top QB's that I left off that you may think belong include Brett Favre, Steve Young, Drew Brees.

If anyone tries to argue that Dan Fouts belongs in the conversation then they are just crazy.....not sure why he came to mind, but Fouts was extremely overrated...just like Namath!