Simply put, how stable is each team under center?
In Good Hands
Simply put, these teams are where they are because of their passers. They’re content to have them even in the bad times, and these teams would be much worse off without them.
Sure, they haven’t done so well, but it’s not like Matt Ryan can draft, play corner, or rush the passer.
January Joe Flacco. Nuff said.
Sure, they haven’t been the winningest team in the NFL. But Cam Newton has taken them to back-to-back NFC South titles, and he’s one of the few quality offensive skill position players on their team, along with Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin. Heck, he’s probably the best rushing attack the team has too.
Tony Romo gets the stigma of being a choker plenty. But the fact of the matter couldn’t be less true as he’s had the best passer rating in the fourth quarter since 2006 and has broken Roger Staubach’s franchise record for most fourth quarter comebacks with 27 of his own. The one concern with Romo is how long his back holds up. And his contract that has to get restructured annually.
It’s actually unfair how this team goes from one Hall of Fame passer (Brett Favre) to another (Aaron Rodgers).
In a couple of years, when Andrew Luck becomes the best QB in the NFL, read the above line.
Drew Brees won the Super Bowl for the Saints and the franchise’s peak years have pretty much been a result of him being around. Now the Saints have to try and field a winning team while his window is still open.
Tom Brady had a bounce-back season and he just won the Super Bowl for the fourth time. It’s safe to say that the Patriots are secure with Brady, who isn’t showing signs of slowing down.
Despite the Giants going 6-10, Eli Manning had the best statistical season of his career. Getting Victor Cruz back alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and some more guys on the defense could make the Giants contenders again.
Ben Roethlisberger has broken most, if not all, of Terry Bradshaw’s records. Steelers fans just hope that he can retire with as many Super Bowl wins as Bradshaw.
Considering that the team had injuries at offensive line and with their pass catchers, a mediocre defense, and the league’s worst running game, it’s safe to say that a revitalized Philip Rivers is most likely the reason for his team’s success.
Sure, his pick lost the Seahawks the Super Bowl. But give him an offensive line and Russell Wilson is a top QB. Also, the Seahawks don’t even make it there with T-Jax or Flynn the Bandit.
Could these teams find someone better? Sure. Could they also find someone much worse? Sure.
Carson Palmer is the best quarterback on the Cardinals roster. He is also 35 and suffered his second ACL tear.
Is Jay Cutler elite? No. Is he the best statistical passer in Bears history? Yes. Is it his fault the Bears are mediocre? That’s up to you. Was making him the richest QB in NFL history considering his lack of achievement dumb? Probably.
Sure, Andy Dalton chokes in prime time and in the playoffs. But he’s better than some of the Three Headed Monsters some other teams have at QB.
Matthew Stafford makes some really, really dumb decisions with the ball sometimes. He’s also the best statistical passer in Lions history.
Alex Smith is never going to match his fellow AFC West passers in arm strength (he’s maybe better than Peyton Manning) and is never going to generate a high flying stat machine. But he’s the best option for Kansas City and it’s not like they’re any good at drafting quarterbacks.
Assessing the situation
These teams have a young QB who isn’t the sure thing and they don’t know what they have in him yet.
Yes, Blake Bortles had his struggles this season. Maybe it might help him if the Jaguars got him an offensive line pronto.
Ryan Tannehill had the best season of any Dolphins quarterback since Dan Marino left and has gotten better every year. He’s probably worth keeping in Miami.
Teddy Bridgewater showed some encouraging signs for the Vikings this season and could show more with an improved cast around him.
Derek Carr had the best season of any rookie quarterback and looked pretty good for Oakland this season. If they got him a quality running game and some wide receivers that can actually start on another team, he might be golden.
These teams might have a guy, but now they have questions surrounding him.
Peyton Manning still hasn’t decided whether to come back in 2015 and if even if he does come back, there’s a chance he might be done.
A bad season, new coach, and a contract that gives the team the ability to cut you with little dead money is rarely a good combination for a QB.
RG3 is entering the final year of his contract (unless he gets the fifth year option) and unless he returns to his 2012 form, it’s probably over for him in Washington as all of his seasons have featured poor performances from him, benchings, and injuries.
Up the proverbial creek
No questions here, these teams don’t have a QB at all.
Brian Hoyer is entering free agency, Johnny Manziel is in rehab, and Connor Shaw played poorly against Baltimore. To add to the turmoil, there are rumors of trading up for Marcus Mariota.
The Texans had four QBs play this season and because of J.J. Watt being awesome and willing the team to nine wins, the Texans are too low in the draft to get Winston or Mariota, but too high for guys like Connor Cook, Brett Hundley, or Bryce Petty.
Geno Smith looked good in the season finale. It’s the other 15 games that are the problem.
George Blanda played until he was 52. I think Kurt Warner’s still got some game left in him.
Teams with quality QBs usually aren’t picking first in the draft.
Jake Locker is inconsistent, injury prone, and a free agent. Clipboard Jesus should stay on the bench. Zach Mettenberger probably isn’t the second coming of Tom Brady.