Ben Roethlisberger The 8th Best Quarterback In The League? Donovan McNabb Thinks So

Now that the Super Bowl is behind us, and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has won the game MVP award, the annual list making of the offseason has begun.

Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was recently asked to rank the top ten quarterbacks on NFL Total Access and he ranked Flacco fifth overall and three spots higher than Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Here is what McNabb said when he got to Roethlisberger.

“Here\’s a guy that I enjoy watching because the things that he\’s been doing reminds me a little bit of myself. Making things happen with his legs – strong arm. When Todd Haley got over there the dink and dunk passing really worked in his favor. He got hurt and I thought that\’s the reason why they didn\’t make the playoffs.”

A little, “what have you done for me lately” sickness, or is McNabb spot on?

Below is the McNabb top ten quarterback list. Feel free to rank your top ten below.

1. Tom Brady

2. Aaron Rodgers

3. Drew Brees

4. Peyton Manning

5. Joe Flacco

6. Eli Manning

7. Matt Ryan

8. Ben Roethlisberger

9. Tony Romo

10. Matt Schaub

  • SteelCity

    Bad quarterback making bad judgements. Go eat some donuts mcnabb. Flacco a top 5? Please. Eli and Ryan are better than him and Matt Schaub is not top 10 either.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Flacco is defiantly not top 5.

  • steeltown

    Really McNabb… Flacco and Ryan are better than Big Ben… really?

    And if we’re talking about 2012 only.. how is Eli above Ben? Eli threw 15INT’s, had 59.9pct and and 87.2 QB Rating… Ben was far better in all catigories and actually same could be said for Flacco vs Ben in those same catigories. Ben also threw more TD’s than Flacco in less games played

  • Bill Eltringham

    Looks about right to me. Ben has slipped.

  • mokhkw

    1-4 are elite and select themselves. The rest are all good QBs that you could rank 5-15 in any order you like ( including RGIII, Luck etc.) depending on how well their Team does that season. Mostly, rankings suck – but it’s the offseason so expect to see a lot more stupid lists for the next 6 months…..

  • Tim Culligan

    if your ranking QBs from this season, top 5 would be (in no order)
    Rodgers, P Manning, Brady, Luck and Flacco.
    ….think about it, Ben literally lost the Steelers a playoff spot 2 weeks in a row. Not saying he was bad, but struggled the last few games. Top 10 in 2012, yea probably, but by the end of the season Flacco was obviously one of the top 5 QBs.

    now if u wanna make a list of the top 10 QBs GMs would want headed into next year, i would go
    1 rodgers
    2 brady
    3 p manning
    4 m ryan
    5 brees
    6 roethlisberger
    7 luck
    8 flacco
    9 schaub
    10 e manning
    11 charlie batch

  • Tim Culligan

    by the end of this season he was, do i think he will be top 5 by the end of next season? haha

  • Tim Culligan

    agreed. to be honest i hate the “elite” talk. Elite should mean theres no debating it, elite should mean your a HOF candidate. so for me that makes P Manning, Brady, Rodgers and Brees (maybe). thats it though. Guys like Flacco, Ben, E Manning etc all have had too many downs and inconsistant plays to be a part of that group

  • I agree with the top 2. Rankings 3-10 could change weekly depending on how they perform.

  • SR88

    1) Tom Brady (easily)
    2) Peyton Manning (I just dont want him in playoffs)
    3) Aaron Rodgers
    4) Matt Ryan (Same as Manning)
    5) Drew Brees
    6) Joe Flacco (Did an amazing job this year in the playoffs, tied a Montana record, that elevates him)
    7) Eli Manning (Did the improbably playoff run twice)
    8) Ben Roethlisberger (Seems to drop on the list every year, has been my favorite Steeler since I started watching football in early 90s, but just looks like his football IQ regresses every year.)
    Next two can and will vary on who makes the list over next few years.
    9) Andrew Luck
    10) Colin Kaepernick
    Want to add RG3, Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton to guys that could be in those last two spots, but Dalton has same problem I have with Stafford and Shaub, take that one big receiver away and they dont do much, if anything.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Flacco and Ryan are not better then Ben and Eli is too streaky. Flacco wins the SB has a couple good games and now he is elite…what a bunch of bandwagon butt burglers

  • Busted ribs and an injured shoulder bumped Ben out of the top 5.

  • That is insane to think flacco is top 5!! Come on man! Really? Lol so he has a couple good games and wins the SB, doesnt make up the fact that his stats pale in comparison to ben or any otger aformentioned QB. Ben was hurt and still played good football, so what he lost a couple of games for us, brady threw the pick in the endzone to seal their fate against the ravens. So why is he not being talked about in that light? Makes no sense to me. Get off the flacco bandwagon and lets be real here.

  • The ability to Escape pass rushers is the only thing that makes Roethlisberger any good. If he was unable to do this he would not even be on this list. That being said the ability to throw off tacklers is also what got him into all of his SBs. His passing skills otherwise are pretty good but limited. The fact that he Scrambles out of the pocket or maybe that he has to scramble out of the pocket is the reason why he keeps getting hurt. He is a big boy but he is getting older and those hits on him pile up as do the injuries. The fact that Pittsburgh will not have much cap room and will have to release some people in hopes of getting better is not likely to help their O line and thus Big Ben will be out of the pocket this year as well and might get hurt again

  • Ryan chokes under pressure in the big games but he often runs up big QBR numbers which is why he is on this list. But his Big Game wind percentage is lousy

  • I hate to say this but Kaeperneck will go the way of the next new thing (See Cam Newton) with big QBR numbers but less than stellar actual performances. There were a couple of games this year that he pretty much won on his own. Do they think that teams like GB will not be ready for him again this year? Crazy

  • JohnnyV1

    McNabb was pretty close. Big Ben could be listed anywhere between 5-9. He’s not in the top 4, that’s pretty certain. I’d say given that he’s been part of two superbowl wins, he’d be ahead of Matt Ryan. Not a bad list from McNabb.


    He definitely goes before Eli Manning this year. Even with the injury he had a better overall comp to int ratio. If you are talking overall and complete body of work he goes before a lot more on this list and is probably aroun 3rd or 4th. But if it is this year definitely not 8th more like 7th or 6th.

  • uglybagofwater

    I would definitely not put Matt Ryan ahead of Roethlisberger. There has been a myth about Roethlisberger, that he cannot play QB unless he’s running around the pocket, keeping the play alive. That could not be further from the truth. Before he was hurt, Roethlisberger was playing the position better than he ever had in his career. He was doing a great job reading defenses, and throwing with precision. This was in spite of the fact that his receivers were all playing at a very substandard level. I look at Eli vs. Ben as a push. And Flacco… well, one good playoff run does not a superstar make. He has a very strong arm, which the Ravens were able to take advantage of in key games in the postseason. Game plan against the deep ball, and he suddenly looks very ordinary. I think I’d have Roethlisberger in the 5-6 range at this point, in there with Manning, then Flacco, and then Ryan. Romo would be far out of my top 10. Why people still continue to rate him so highly is beyond me.

  • uglybagofwater

    Disagree. His elusiveness has made proliferated the myth that his game depends on that. Roethlisberger is a very good quarterback, and was playing some of the best football of his career before he got hurt. His only problem is his petulance sometimes gets in the way of his performance. I’ve never seen a top QB whose pouting over the offensive coaching bleeds so much into what he does on the field.

  • SR88

    I agree, but that is next year, as of right now, he is definitely in top half of the league until he is figured out, and I would argue deserving of being called a top 10 guy right now. QBs are weak around the league. there are only a few great ones, then 4 or 5 in the 2nd tier and then just a lump of the rest.

  • Wins still mean more than stats and all the statistic people need to remember Lies Damn Lies and statistics