NFL: Ranking the Quarterbacks from 32-1 Part One
The quarterback position in the NFL is the most important position on the field. They are the second voice of the head coach. This player handles the ball on every play. Additionally, they are the one that gets the praise if their team is successful. Also, they catch the most crap if their team is not playing well.
In this piece, we look at all 32 QBs and rank them in order from worst to first. This will be a two-part article with 32-17 and the top 16 in part two. Where do you think your QB ranks?
- Deshone Kizer – Cleveland Browns
The Browns made a valiant attempt to not go 0-16. The offense was much better later in the season. Especially after the return of Josh Gordon. Nonetheless, the rookie was just not good enough to get the Browns over the hump. Kizer finished the season number 24 in the NFL. However, that is just based on yards. Here are his stats 255-476, 2894 yards, 11 TDs, 22 INTs.
- Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos
Siemian just liked the Broncos, looked outstanding through 4 weeks of play. He had his team sitting at 3-1. Then the collapse came. The Broncos would lose 8 straight football games. Siemian would find himself getting benched. Additionally, after the streak ended, Siemian would regain his starting job. Only to have his season end with an injury. While I believe he has all the intangibles he seems to be fragile. 206-349, 2,285 yards, 12 TDs, 14 INTs.
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears
The Bears sold a lot to move up one spot and draft this kid. So, there was no way that he would not see the field in 2017. While his play was not all that bad, he was a rookie and it showed. I believe, however, that the Bears may have a future with this kid. Especially if his weapons are healthy. 196-330, 2,193 yards, 7 TDs, 7 INTs.
- Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins
Cutler was pulled out of retirement by Head Coach, Adam Gase. At the time, this seemed like a good move. After all, Cutler had his best year under Gase with the Bears. However, it was not a very successful season for the two in 2017. 266-429, 2,666 yards, 19 TDs, 14 INTs.
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals season was going to be tough. Then the injury to star RB David Johnson happen. Hence, that made it tougher. Especially on Palmer. His game was just not the same after that. Additionally, I think he made the right decision. 164-267, 1,978 yards, 9 TDs, 7 INTs.
- Eli Manning – New York Giants
This was by far one of the worst years that Eli has seen in a Giants uniform. Not only for himself but the team around him. He lost his top 2 WRs on the same day. Additionally, the Giants did nothing to protect him. Depending on the Giants coaching situation, we could have seen the last of Manning in Giants blue. 352-571, 3,468 yards, 19 TDs, 13 INTs.
- Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts
After the Colts found out that Andrew Luck would not be available at the start of the season, they knew they had to do something. While the play of Brissett was not awful, it was not something to write home about either. It will be interesting to see how the Colts proceed in the offseason. 276-469, 3,098 yards, 13 TDs, 7 INTs.
- Josh McCown – New York Jets
McCown was more competent than it seems on the surface. The veteran QB was able to make the Jets offense look like an NFL caliber offense. He led the Jets to a 5-11 record when it looked as though they may not win a single game. 267-397, 2,926 yards, 18 TDs, 9 INTs.
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This was supposed to be the season that Tampa Bay turned it around. Jameis was even in talks of a possible MVP candidate at the beginning of the year. That quickly faded. It is hard to imagine the season that he had with the weapons that he can utilize. Maybe 2018 will be better. 282-442, 3,504 yards, 19 TDs 11 INTs.
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders
This was the year of the Raiders. Many people picked them to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Had it not been for the injury to Derek Carr, they may have been there in 2016. However, the Raiders and Carr failed miserably. They can now look forward to Jon Gruden in 2018. 323-515, 3,496 yards, 22 TDs, 13 INTs.
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton is not one for the big game. Neither is his head coach for the matter. Nonetheless, they will stay together for a couple of more seasons. Unless the Bengals decide to move on to AJ McCarron sooner rather than later. 297-496, 3,320 yards, 25 TDs, 12 INTs.
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers
It is hard to deny what Jimmy G has done. He went 2-0 as a starter in New England in 2016. After being traded to the 49ers, he remained undefeated as an NFL starter. He went 5-0 as their starter. 7-0 as an NFL starter is just the beginning for him. 120-78, 1,560 yards, 7 TDs, 5 INTs.
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
While I would not say that Prescott had the sophomore slump, he definitely had his struggles in 2017. More pressure was put on him to succeed without his backfield buddy Ezekiel Elliott. While he showed some success it was not enough for the Cowboys this year. 308-490, 3,324 yards, 22 TDs, 13 INTs.
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
Flacco had his team one play away from making the playoffs. However, it was the defense that let him down in the final game of the season. Was Flacco spectacular? No! Flacco is beginning to age. How much longer do the Ravens hold on before drafting his replacement? 352-549, 3,141 yards, 18 TDs, 13 INTs.
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills
Taylor has a lot of intangibles that many do not see. However, he has never been given any real weapons to work with. I believe that if you were to surround this kid with the proper receivers he could flourish in the NFL. Maybe a place like Denver could be prime. 263-420, 2,799, 14 TDs, 4 INTs.
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans
Mariota, in only his third NFL season, is a playoff QB. Thus, he is looking to be the better of that top 2 draft class right now. So, the Titans need to continue to build around him. Additionally, one more solid weapon and this offense could be lethal. 281-453, 3,232 yards, 13 TDs, 15 INTs.
That is a look at the quarterbacks in the lower half of the NFL in 2017. There are a couple of playoff QBs listed. Just because a QB is listed in the bottom half does not mean that the team around him is bad. The QB is not bad either.
Is your quarterback listed here? If not, stay tuned for the top 16 in part two of our rankings.
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