One of the biggest storylines in the 2019 NFL and college football season will be which teams #TankforTua (Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa) and #SuckforDuck (Oregon QB Justin Herbert).
Here, I take a look at 8 NFL teams that may stink in 2019 or emerge from this season with a major need at QB.
8. San Francisco 49ers
SF is a very outside the box option. Garappolo played 5 games after a trade from NE in 2017. His 2018 was basically all wiped out due to injury. If he gets hurt again in 2019 or struggles poorly – he’s only started 10 total games in his career and will be 28 years old when the 2019 season ends – SF likely will have another high pick and a serious decision to make.
7. Denver Broncos
This is likely a long-shot after Denver drafted Drew Lock in the second round (42nd overall) but what if Joe Flacco flops (he will) and Lock is terrible? If both QBs stink it up and Broncos have a top 5 pick, it will be hard to pass up an elite-level QB prospect.
6. Tennessee Titans
Among on the teams on this list, Titans have the most talented roster. But, Marcus Mariota has one year remaining on his contract and has struggled with consistency and health. GM Jon Robinson and coach Mike Vrabel inherited Mariota and if the Titans take a huge step back, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them move on.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite signing Nick Foles to a big contract, Jaguars still need to identify their QB of the future. Foles is 30 years old and is no guarantee to pick up where he left off in Super Bowl LII. Jaguars defense might be too talented for them to regress to the point of a high enough draft pick to secure one of the top QBs.
4. Miami Dolphins
It seemed for a while like the plan for the 2020 season was going to put the team in position to win as few games as possible and secure a franchise QB in next year’s draft. Acquiring 2018 #10 pick Josh Rosen may or may not change that plan. The Dolphins roster is bottom five in the league and Rosen has a cheap contract to move on from, should he struggle again in year two and the Dolphins finish at the bottom.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
By passing on the top QBs in the 2019 draft, new head coach Zac Taylor showed his commitment to Andy Dalton. But how long will that last? Especially if the offense goes backwards in 2019. Dalton’s contract becomes very easy to get out of if the team decides to move on.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Like Mariota above, Winston does not have a long term contract and has struggled with turnovers. Now with a new coaching staff, Bruce Arians has no reason to keep Winston if the Bucs struggle in 2019 or if Winston can’t find some consistency..
1. Oakland Raiders
Jon Gruden has repeated over and over how much he loves Derek Carr. But will Antonio Brown love him? That has to be the question that gets answered in 2019. There was plenty of smoke about the Raiders drafting a QB in 2019 draft and I think if Oakland finishes bottom 5 again, they will most definitely move on from Carr.