1) Eli Manning, New York Giants. If to be the man you have to beat the man, well, Eli Manning is now the man. Nobody has ‘it’ in the 4th quarter quite like Eli, which is when ‘it’ becomes really important.
3) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos. If ‘it’ was Tapenade, Manning would be first on the list.
4) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers. With two Super Bowl rings, Roethlisberger arguably has more ‘it’ than Manning, but to be fair, Peyton Manning does hold the record for the most 4th quarter comebacks.
5) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints. Despite gaudy numbers, Brees kind of doesn’t have that much ‘it’, in my opinion. But I’m not sure who else could go ahead of him.
7) Tim Tebow, New York Jets. Without question, in possession of more ‘it’ than any quarterback without a Super Bowl ring, and maybe even more than some of the ones who do.
8) Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers. This dude is loaded with ‘it’ and grit and teammates that hit. He went about 20 games without throwing an interception and he nearly completed more than 100% of his passes a couple of weeks ago.
9) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens. If ‘it’ is Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, Ray Rice, Lardarius Webb, and Ed Reed, then Joe Flacco has had ‘it’ in spades for years. Let’s not forget he outplayed Mr. It in the AFC Championship Game last year, a particularly notable feat since both quarterbacks were playing against identical defenses.
10) Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins. It doesn’t matter that his team loses, he has ‘it’ until the first game he struggles in 2013.
11) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts. Despite being a rookie, he has shown ‘it’ many times over. He’d be higher on the list if he had shown ‘it’ in a meaningful game.
12) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks. He probably has more ‘it’ than any of the rookie quarterbacks out there, and he’s also the one quarterback your average fan might trip over.
13) Matt Schaub, Houston Texans. It says a lot about how little ‘it’ this guy has when three rookies are ahead of him.
14) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals. Not having the best year, but let’s not forget that Dalton’s copious amounts of ‘it’ made people argue that he should have been rookie of the year over Cam Newton in 2011.
15) Matt Stafford, Detroit Lions. Coming into this year, Stafford had never beaten a team that finished the year with a winning record. To date, his Lions have beaten the Rams, Eagles, Seahawks and Jaguars. That’s not a lot of ‘it.’
17) Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Freeman has never had ‘it.’ He’s never even smelled ‘it.’
18) Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams. Bradford really hasn’t done anything, but as a former #1 overall pick, he gets the ‘it’ benefit of the doubt for awhile.
20) Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins. By virtue of simply putting on Texas A&M and Miami Dolphins uniforms, Tannehill will forever be immune to ‘it.’
21) Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans. A sleeper to one day be a top-ten ‘it’ guy.
24) Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs. In the absolute best case scenario, you could squeeze enough ‘it’ out of Cassel to make it to the playoffs and lose in the first round.
25) Kevin Skelton, Arizona Cardinals. At one point, John Skelton had a lot of ‘it’ but nobody noticed. At one point, Kevin Kolb was a promising player who had no ‘it’. Now they’ve morphed into one person with no talent and no ‘it.’
26) Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns. He’s got old man ‘it’ which as you can imagine, doesn’t smell very good.
27) Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars. Not good enough to prove that he doesn’t have ‘it.’
28) Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles. There was a time when Vick looked like he might have had ‘it’ but if he ever did, he has pretty clearly since fumbled it away.29) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons. The better Ryan gets in the regular season, the more it becomes frighteningly clear just how little ‘it’ he really has.
30) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears. While I don’t think Cutler ever really had ‘it,’ any ‘it’ he could have had was certainly deleted from the system by Mike Martz and Cutler’s inability to finish the 2010 NFC Championship Game.
31) Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers. In college, Rivers was overflowing with ‘it’ but he’s spent his entire NFL career with Marty Schottenheimer and Norv Turner. He contracted ‘anti-it’ by osmosis, and the disease is accelerating.
32) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys. The louder ex-Cowboys speak about how Tony Romo really does have ‘it’ the more obvious it becomes that Romo will choke away a game before you finish reading this sentence.
33) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers. Whether it’s body language or genuineness of smile or ‘it’, Newton has less of it than arguably any quarterback ever.