At first, ranking the starting and backup QBs didn't seem daunting. After a two-hour conference call in which we debated the young guns versus the veterans, the backups versus some starters, and what in the world to do with the rookies who haven't played much yet, we learned it is a very difficult job. And now that the regular season is over, we revamped the list one more time.
The hardest part was deciding how to rank them. Do we look at just this year? Do we look at their careers and their body of work? We decided it would be a mixture of the two, that we couldn't completely ignore a veteran with a history of great success having a sub-par year. However, Brady Quinn's ranking plummeted from No. 37 to No. 58 because he barely saw the field. Plus, we couldn't ignore Eli Manning, who jumped to No. 12 from No. 17 because of his amazing play late in the season.