NFL: Ranking the Quarterbacks from 32-1 Part 2, 16-1
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. In addition, 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. Here is what you have waited for, QBs 16-1. Where do you think your QB ranks?
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
Newton often catches a bad rap when it comes to the QB position. May see him more as a running back. After all, he did lead the team in rushing. However, Cam can be one of the best in the league. He just needs some better coaching and a few more targets. Thus, we will see how the offseason plays out. 291-492, 3,302 yards, 22 TDs, 16 INTs.
- Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings
Keenum is a journeyman QB. He has been with three teams in five seasons. Nonetheless, that has prevented Keenum from growing. Last season, as the starter for the Los Angeles Rams he had a record of 4-5. That is a little misleading. He started the season 3-1 in his first four games. This year he was 11-3 in 14 games with the Minnesota Vikings. Change and coaching is often a good thing. 325-481, 3,547 yards, 22 TDs, 7 INTs.
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles rebounded with a strong 2017. He led the Jaguars to an AFC South Division Title. There are still questions marks that the Jags need to answer. However, for 2017 I would consider him as a QB in the top half of the league. 315-523, 3,687 yards, 21 TDs, 13 INTs.
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
Many believed that after the 2016 season that Goff was trending to be a bust as a number one overall selection. Hence, that tune has changed. The Rams selected the right coach to make Goff a legit franchise QB. His struggles in the playoffs were due to youth and inexperience. That will change. 296-477, 3,804 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INTs.
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
Watson was well on his way to becoming the 2017 NFL Rookie of the year. He also had the Texans in the thick of the AFC South Playoff Race. Next thing you know, he is down in practice with a torn ACL. Had this not happened he may have well been higher on the list. 126-204, 1,699 yards, 19 TDs, 8 INTs.
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs
Smith is your ultimate game managing QB. He takes care of the football and rarely turns it over. However, his time in KC may be up. Although the playoff loss is surely not on him. There is youth waiting in the wings. His name is Patrick Mahomes. Look for Alex Smith in another uniform in 2018. 341-505, 4,042 yards, 26 TDs, 5 INTs.
- Matt Stafford – Detroit Lions
Stafford in your redheaded stepchild. The one that never gets any love. After losing his best WR in Calvin Johnson, the Lions have made second-rate attempts to replace. I know it is hard to replace one of the best; however, Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are not the answer. Again, find him some help and he could be higher. 371-565, 4,446 yards, 29 TDs, 10 INTs.
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz exploded on the scene in 2016. He did this despite not having any weapons. Bring on 2017. The Eagles sign Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. They also trade for Jay Ajayi and sign LeGarrette Blount. All this led to Wentz and the Eagles having the best record in football. What does 2018 hold? 265-440, 3,296 yards, 33 TDs, 7 INTs.
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins
Cousins was a victim of losing weapons again in 2017. The team chose not to sign their top two targets from 2016. Thus, this left Cousins with an unproven second-year player and a waste of $8 million. Kirk Cousins is pending free agency. What will the offseason hold? 347-540, 4,093 yards, 27 TDs, 13 INTs.
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
Ryan has a terrific one-two combo in Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. However, the Falcons would not be the same football team with Ryan under center. Even with the weaponry that he dispenses, also including Devonta Freeman, the Falcons are not perennial playoff contenders without Matt Ryan. 342-529, 4,095 yards, 20 TDs, 12 INTs.
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Who would have thought that the best QBs in the 2012 draft would be taken in the third and fourth rounds? Without a doubt, Wilson is the heart and soul of the Seahawks offense. Without a valuable running game, Wilson makes it all happen. 339-553, 3,983 yards, 34 TDs, 11 INTs.
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers
Rivers will probably go down in the lords of Dan Marino as one of the best QBs to never win a Super Bowl. He led to the Chargers within one game of the playoffs in 2017. While not well liked by many fans, his game is well-respected. 360-575, 4,515 yards, 28 TDs, 10 INTs.
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
In what could be his final season in a Saints uniform, Brees excelled and led his team to an NFC South Division Title. He was helped with an outstanding running game. In fact, this could help prolong his career. Brees also faces free agency at the end of this run. So, what does the offseason hold for him? 386-536, 4,334 yards, 23 TDs, 8 INTs.
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
This could very well be the last time we see Big Ben in the Black and Yellow of the Steelers. If so, he has had an excellent career. 2017 was no different. To illustrate, he led his Steelers to an AFC North Division Title and the number two seed in the conference. Therefore, if he goes out, is it on top? 360-561, 4,251 yards, 28 TDs, 14 INTs.
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
What were to happen if the Green Bay Packers lost Rodgers for good? Moreover, where would they rank? For example, we got a small glimpse of that this season with him being gone for 6 weeks. Clearly, he is more valuable than many think. In fact, without the injury, the Packers fight for the NFC North. Stay tuned for 2018. 154-238, 1,675 yards, 16 TDs, 6 INTs
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots
Brady says he wants to play into his mid-40s. The way he played in 2017, I would not put it past him. Once again, he made less than stellar WRs look like stars. Consequently, he makes players around him better. Since he does that, he has to be the best in the game. 385-581, 4,577 yards, 32 TDs, 8 INTs.
There you have it. Where did your QB fall? Is he able to pick up steam for 2018? Please leave a comment below. Be sure to also check out part one of this two-part series.
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