Mike Sando's QB Tiers for 2021
This is one of my favorite pieces every offseason: Mike Sando's annual poll for The Athletic of general managers, coaches, and other executives on the veteran starting quarterbacks in the league. Sando's process is brilliant in its simplicity: he asks each participant to rank quarterbacks from Tier 1 (best) to Tier 5 (worst), but he gets enough opinions around the league that granularity emerges in the results.
There are few surprises at the top, where Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes were unanimous Tier 1 selections, followed closely by Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. The names at the bottom—Drew Lock, Tyrod Taylor, Taysom Hill, and the Eagles combo of Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco—are also expected. But there's a lot of disagreement in between. Most of that is centered around the status of veterans such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton, and Ben Roethlisberger, but it's second-year man Joe Burrow out of Cincinnati who caused the most disagreement, with 27 votes in Tier 2, 17 in Tier 3, and six in Tier 4.