TOP GUNS: Ranking the remaining QB’s

Street Talk TOP GUNS: Ranking the remaining QB’s

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Here’s quick take on the strengths and weaknesses of the Quarterbacks still playing in the NFL playoffs.


#1 – Tom Brady – New England

Brady’s prolific and efficient regular season continued in a big way in the divisional round vs. Denver. The Ravens will need to disrupt Brady immediately at the snap of the ball. Four-man fronts have rarely affected Brady’s accuracy, as they leave Brady too much time to find the best throw.

Strengths – Experience in post-season; 2011 performance; Perfect fit and QB personality for his team’s personnel

Weaknesses – Right now? None

#2 – Eli Manning – New York Giants

Manning has had arguably his best three week stretch as an NFL Quarterback – all in must-win scenarios for the Giants. He has also shown a knack for fourth quarter heroics this season – including a near-comeback in a 27-20 loss to San Francisco back in November.

Strengths – Experience in post-season; Recent familiarity with San Francisco; Success over last three games

Weaknesses – History of stretches in which he has too many turnovers (INTs and/or fumbles) 

#3 – Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens

Flacco is as much maligned in Year 4 as he has been at any point of his NFL career. Some of the criticism is warranted, as Flacco has seemed to hold the ball too long more often this year – seeming to reverse the progress he made as a passer in ’09 and ’10. Still, Flacco possesses above-average arm strength and has shown an ability, at times, to lead his team when trailing.

Strengths – Experience in post-season; Arm strength

Weaknesses – Hesitance on some throws; TD-INT ratio in 2011

#4 – Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers

Smith has been a classic game manager for San Francisco during their improbable run to the NFC Championship game. His mistakes have been minimal, and he has not been asked to do too much.

Strengths – An evolving efficiency, in which Smith makes few major mistakes; Athleticism that allows him to make plays when protection breaks down; Great decisions and performance in his first career playoff game last week

Weaknesses – Lack of playoff experience; Effectiveness in deep passing game is below-average by high NFL standards.


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The Complete QB Team Clinics and Individual Coaching Sessions are provided by the Complete QB Founder and Director, Christopher Johnston. For over a decade, Coach Johnston has trained young men in the Quarterback position, including high school Quarterbacks who earned HCIAA Honors in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. His success with Quarterbacks is due to Coach Johnston’s approach as a teacher of those playing the position.
Coach Johnston was previously the QB and DB Coach at Hudson Catholic Regional High School (2007 Group 3 State Semi-Finalist and 2008 Group 2 State Finalist) in Jersey City, New Jersey. Coach Johnston also served as the Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach, and Quarterbacks Coach at Xavier High School in New York, New York. Coach Johnston’s assessment and coaching skills have earned him a solid reputation for his ability to develop Quarterbacks among his coaching peers and thousands of athletes.
Since 2004, in addition to his on-field coaching experience, Coach Johnston’s expertise has afforded him multiple opportunities to appear regularly on a variety of Sports Talk Radio Shows regarding the NCAA and NFL Quarterback play. 

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