Electronic Arts (EA) released the first 10 player ratings for this year’s edition of Madden. Rather than releasing them by team as they did in year’s past, this time they’ve chosen to release position groups. The first group is QBs.
First the ratings, then I’ll comment below:
10. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles: 89 overall
9. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: 90 overall
8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: 91 overall
7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: 92 overall
6. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: 93 overall
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: 95 overall
4. Eli Manning, New York Giants: 97 overall
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: 98 overall
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots: 98 overall
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: 99 overall
I have a bit of a problem with so many being at or above 95 rating. 99 is supposed to be the ideal player at the position, the best-ever type of player. I think that Aaron Rogers is the best QB in the league right now, but the best QB ever? I just can’t get behind that.
I also find it interesting that 23 teams will have starting QB below a 90 rating. It seems that the Madden staff finally got it right. There are only a few good QBs, and many team still searching for the franchise signal caller.
As expected, there’s no Seahawk on the list. Flynn is supposed to end up being about #18 when the final list comes out. That seems about right. Expect Jackson to be around 26, and Wilson down in the mid to high 30s.
The only other major problem I have with this list is the lack of Matt Schaub from the Texans. When healthy, he’s clearly better than Rivers, Romo, and Vick. This appears to be a case of going with hype over talent.