Image courtesy of Will Brinson
On ESPN, "analyst" Merril Hoge was apparently asked to list his top 5 quarterbacks. Because apparently someone on some planet somewhere believes that Merril Hoge's opinion is worth putting on television.
Merril's top 5, as you can see in the above picture, includes Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan.
Without any question whatsoever, Hoge's top 5 list just flat out sucks.
As Will Brinson of CBS Sports points out, the "only debate on Top 5 QBs is who you're adding behind (some order of) Brady, Brees, Peyton, Rodgers."
Congratulations to Joe Flacco on the nice Super Bowl run, but he's not better than any of those 4 guys. Same with Roethlisberger and Ryan. Sure, they might be among the guys campaigning for that #5 spot, but there's no way they belong on the list ahead of Manning or Brees.
Yet still, this clown Merril Hoge (a former fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, in case you're wondering) is somehow paid to talk about football... a sport that he clearly doesn't know all that much about, if this is honestly his top 5 quarterbacks list.
Am I off base here? Let me know who you think should be the top 5. For the record, here's my list: