Judging and Questioning NFL Quarterbacks

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AFC East – Big years coming for three second year top 10 QB picks from the 2017 Draft

Sam Darnold was drafted #3 by the Jets in 2018, after Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley. He flashed the most potential of these three QBs and seems like the easy answer. He is also in the best position to succeed moving forward with offensive guy Adam Gase as his new Head Coach, LeVeon Bell in the backfield and a solid WR group with Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder

Josh Allen was drafted #7 by the Bills, which raised many eyebrows. He showed better running ability than passing, at times as a rookie. He ran for 8 touchdowns and threw for 10. He has a solid stable of RBs to support him and while Buffalo upgraded their WRs (John Brown and Cole Beasley), they could still use another upgrade.

Josh Rosen quarterback’d the worst offense in football in Arizona in 2018 and was kicked to the curb after just 13 starts (3-10 record). He was traded to the Dolphins after the Cardinals drafted a new QB this year. He is currently in a QB competition with Ryan Fitzpatrick. The sentence alone doesn’t speak well to his career.

Which contract-year Heisman QB would you rather commit to long term?

James Winston and Marcus Mariota are forever tied together. They were the #1 and #2 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. They both won the Heisman Trophy in college. And both played for a National Championship (Winston won, Mariota did not). The year Mariota’s Oregon team made it, the Ducks beat Winston’s Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

Jameis Winston is 21-33 in 54 career starts and has thrown 58 career interceptions and 88 touchdowns. Winston has yet to play in a playoff game. His career QB rating is 87.8. He has been saddled with bad defenses and poor running games throughout his career. He enters 2019 with an offensive-minded veteran coach, Bruce Arians and one of the best WRs in football, Mike Evans.

Marcus Mariota has a career record of 27-28 and is 1-1 in the playoffs (2017). He has yet to play 16 games in a season and has a career QB rating of 89.4. Half the struggle for Mariota is staying on the field. On paper, this is might be the Titans best team in some time. They had invested a lot of draft picks and money into surrounding Mariota with weapons (WR Adam Humphries, RB Dion Lewis in free agency; WRs AJ Brown, Corey Davis, RB Derrick Henry in draft).

It’s now or never for these QBs. Both men have 2019 remaining on their contracts and then it becomes decision time for the Titans and Bucs. Neither QB was drafted by the teams current coaching staff and Mike Vrabel and Bruce Arians may opt to move on and find more consistent, (in Mariota’s case) healthier QBs.

Which recent Heisman Trophy Winner would you rather build your team around long term?

Lamar Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy at Louisville. He was the #32 pick, at the end of the 2018 first round. He went 6-1 as a starter as a rookie and helped lead the Ravens to the playoffs.

Baker Mayfield won the 2017 Heisman Trophy. He led Oklahoma to the CFB Playoffs and lost in the Rose Bowl to Georgia. After being the #1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Mayfield led the Browns to 7 wins in 2018 – 7 more than the team won in 2017.

Kyler Murray followed in Mayfield’s footsteps, winning the 2018 Heisman at Oklahoma. He, too, led them to the CFB Playoffs, a loss to Alabama. He was the #1 pick to the Arizona Cardinals. He will play for new Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury who has a long history of success with QBs in college.

NFC East QBs – Which QB would you rather build your franchise around?

Giants drafted Daniel Jones #6 in the 2019 NFL Draft and the Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins #15. Carson Wentz was the #2 pick in the 2016 Draft and Dak Prescott was picked #134 in the 4th round of that same draft.

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First NFC North QB to win first playoff game

Lions haven’t won a playoff game in 27 years! Matthew Stafford has led Detroit to 3 appearances (2011, 2014, 2016) and is 0-3

Kirk Cousins (0-1) led the Redskins to the playoffs in 2015 and lost to the Packers. It was his only career playoff start, so far.

Mitchell Trubisky (0-1) lost his first playoff game last season at home vs the Eagles.

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50 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT 2019 NFL SEASON – including several records that Saints QB Drew Brees is in pursuit of

Old faces in new places

5 teams will have new starting QBs in 2019

  • Redskins – Dwayne Haskins or Case Keenum
  • Jaguars – Nick Foles
  • Cardinals – Kyler Murray
  • Dolphins – Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen
  • Broncos – Joe Flacco

Speaking of new QBs, how did all 32 teams acquire their starters for the 2019 season? Click here to find out!

QBs with playoff experience and zero playoff wins

Andy Dalton (0-4), Matthew Stafford (0-3), Lamar Jackson, Mitchel Trubisky, Kirk Cousins, Deshaun Watson

Notable QBs with Zero Playoff Snaps

Carson Wentz, Derek Carr

Head Coaches as QBs

10 active NFL Head Coaches have experience playing quarterback, whether in the NFL, college, or another league.

Doug Pederson, Jason Garrett, Frank Reich are among those with extensive playing experience in the NFL.

Check out the full list of Coaches as QBs

2020 NFL Draft

The top of the 2020 NFL Draft will be loaded with QBs – Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, and Oregon’s Justin Herbert.

A look at 8 teams who could be in a position to draft a QB near the top of the 2020 Draft.

Which school is QB U

Among active NFL players, which college has produced the best quarterbacks in the NFL?

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How have transferring QBs fared in the NFL

Transfer portal has become a major story in College Football in 2019. How have QBs who transferred in college fared in the NFL?

  • Aaron Rodgers went from JUCO to Cal and…well he’s Aaron Rodgers! One of the top QBs in the league and a Super Bowl champion.
  • Joe Flacco went from Pittsburgh to Delaware. He won Super Bowl MVP for the Ravens
  • Baker Mayfield went from Texas Tech to Oklahoma and played in the Rose Bowl/CFB Playoff and was the #1 pick the 2018 NFL Draft
  • Russell Wilson went from NC St to Wisconsin and also played in the Rose Bowl. He also has played in 2 Super Bowls (1-1 record)
  • Cam Newton went from Florida to JUCO to Auburn, winning the National Championship at Auburn and losing in Super Bowl 50
  • Nick Foles went from Michigan State to Arizona. He won Super Bowl 52 MVP for the Eagles.

Full 2019 NFL projections

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Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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