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Who are the NFL’s top quarterbacks according to coaches and executives?

The Athletic’s Mike Sando has published his annual survey on Quarterback Tiers and the results put Aaron Rodgers at the tip-top of the chart.

The Athletic’s Mike Sando has published his annual survey on Quarterback Tiers and the results put Aaron Rodgers at the tip-top of the chart.
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The Athletic’s Mike Sando puts out a survey each year in which he gathers the opinions of 50 NFL coaches and executives to see where they rank the NFL quarterbacks. The voters include six general managers, eight head coaches, 10 evaluators, 12 coordinators, six quarterback coaches, seven executives, and four members of the team’s personnel department.

In its ninth year, the full 2022 Quarterback Tiers has been released and includes all veteran quarterbacks. The rookies are not included, as they’ve yet to play in any NFL games in which they could be fairly judged.

How do the tiers work?

35 veteran quarterbacks were placed into five tiers. Tier 1 is the best and Tier 5 is the worst. They are ranked based on average vote and placed into tiers by vote distribution.

Aaron Rodgers the no. 1 top tier quarterback in the NFL

Even though Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ stats don’t show it, the four-time MVP is the best quarterback in the league, according to this survey. Though he’s only won one Super Bowl in his career so far (in 2010), Rodgers led the league in passer rating, touchdown percentage, and interception percentage in both 2020 and 2021, when he won his third and fourth MVP titles. He’s the no. 1 all-time leader in touchdown-to-interception ratio, by a lot. Rodgers has made it to the top of the list in this survey eight times in nine years and it’s the sixth time that the vote was unanimous.

In the Athletic’s published survey, they quote an unnamed offensive coordinator saying this about Aaron Rodgers:

(Tom) Brady has had the more decorated career with 10 Super Bowls and seven rings, but I will say this - Aaron Rodgers has helped elevate every player on that offense. Brady with N’Keal Harry did not elevate his game. Aaron has had Davante Adams, but he is still waiting for a first-round receiver, they have not had great receivers overall and he is still putting up major numbers.”

Full evaluation of each player.

The full list of Quarterback Tier rankings

Tier 1

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

3. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

5. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

6. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Tier 2

7. Matt Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

8. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos

9. Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns

10. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

12. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

13. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

14. Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts

Tier 3

15. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

16. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

17. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

18. Mac Jones, New England Patriots

19. Baker Mayfield, Carolina Panthers

TIE-20. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

TIE-20. Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders

22. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions

23. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

24. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints

Tier 4

25. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

26. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

27. Davis Mills, Houston Texans

28. Zach Wilson, New York Jets

29. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers

30. Daniel Jones, New York Giants

31. Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons

32. Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers

33. Mitch Trunisky, Pittsburgh Steelers

34. Drew Lock, Seattle Seahawks

Tier 5

35. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks


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