NFL insider Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote a column listing his top tier quarterbacks in the NFL. Canfora broke it down into seven tiers ranging from franchise quarterbacks to the verdict is out on certain players.
ESPN First Take’s Stephen A Smith took offence when La Canfora listed Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo as an second tier quarterback (Top Pros, Proven Winners). Smith, a known Dallas Cowboys hater put in his two cents stating “in what world do we consider Tony Romo a proven winner?”but let’s breakdown Romo’s career numbers.
Tony Romo’s Career Stats
Regular season stats
- 78-49 record
- 34,154 passing yards
- 247 passing TDs
- 117 interceptions
- 65.3 completion pct.
- 97.1 QB rating
- 2-4 record
- 8 TDs
- 2 interceptions
- 1,316 passing yards
(Stats courtesy of NFL.com)
In what world is Tony Romo a proven winner? https://t.co/6BFxXWn5vy
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 8, 2016
Below are the seven tiers that Jason La Canfora ranked the current quarterbacks in the National Football League.
Tier 1: Franchise Quarterbacks
- Tom Brady, New England Patriots
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Tier 2: Top Pros, Proven Winners
- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
- Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
- Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
- Eli Manning, New York Giants
- Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
- Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Tier 3: Rising Stars
- Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans
- Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
- Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
Tier 4: Guys that can be winning quarterbacks.
- Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
- Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
- Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
- Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
Tier 5: Guys, veterans and place holders.
- Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
- Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Tier 6: Good luck with these guys.
- Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
- Robert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns
- Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
- Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
- Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
- Blaine Gabbert, San Francisco 49ers
Tier 7: The verdict is out
- Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos
- Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams