The most important player, in any sport, is the quarterback. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, missed 31 games this season. His team had the 2nd best record in the Western Conference and won the NBA Championship. A few years ago, The New York Mets lost 3 of their top 5 pitchers due to injuries and made it to the Wild Card Playoffs. Now, there have been some exceptions. In 2001, 2003, and 2018, “game managers” Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson and Nick Foles led their teams to championships. But, if you want to be consistently good in the NFL, you need a franchise quarterback.
Below is the Sports Whisperer’s Top 10 QB Ranking for the 2018-19 season.
The Detroit Lions Quarterback can carry a team for a quarter or a half. Unfortunately for the former Georgia Bulldogs star, he plays for a terrible organization. Stafford is a good, not great QB.
#10) Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson and Cam Newton
When Healthy, Luck can be a top 5 quarterback in the NFL. But, over the past 3 seasons, he has only played in 23 games. In 6 starts, Watson had 21 total touchdowns, 8 interceptions and a QB Rating of 103. Watson has been a “Big Game” player since college. In two national championships against Alabama, Watson threw for 825 yards and had 9 total touchdowns. Watson is a star on the rise. In 2015, Newton was name the NFL’s MVP. He had 45 total touchdown and only 10 interceptions. Since that time he has 42 passing touchdowns and 30 interceptions. This is a make or break year for the former Auburn Tiger.
#9) Marcus Mariota:
The Titans were down 21-3 at halftime in their playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Marcus Mariota took over the play calling the 2nd half and Tennessee came back and defeated the Chiefs 22-21. Mike Vrable is taking over the reigns on the sidelines as the Titans head coach and former Rams offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur will call the plays. I fully expect this team to be a high powered, up-tempo offense, where Mariota will thrive. Look for the coaching staff to let Mariota run the ball and implement the “read option.” The former Oregon Duck super star, should make the pro-bowl this year.
#8) Jared Goff:
Goff did a tremendous job last season under 1st year head coach, Sean McVay. The Rams finished the season 11-5, and on paper, had the most productive off-season of any team in the NFL. Goff had 29 total touchdowns, only 7 interceptions and threw for 3,804 yards. Goff will be asked to do more now that he knows the offense and should have 40 or more touchdowns. I would not be surprised if the Rams face the Eagles or Packers in the NFC Championship.
#7) Matt Ryan:
For all of Matt Ryan’s accolades, he has only thrown over 30 touchdown passes, twice in his career. I think Ryan and the Falcons peaked two years ago when they lost to the Patriots in the Super Bowl, 34-28. I would be shocked if the man they call “Matty Ice” is ever in the MVP conversation again.
#6) Russell Wilson and Derek Carr:
For some reason, Wilson is never brought up when the so called “experts” talk about elite quarterbacks. Last season, Wilson threw for 3,983 yards, ran for 586 yards and had 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. For his career he has 176 touchdowns and only 56 interceptions and he completes 64% of his passes. Despite having no running game and a terrible offensive line over the past few years, Wilson continues to shine in the pacific northwest. One thing we know about John Gruden, he’s quarterbacks always thrive in his system. The Raiders should have a high powered offense and that will be spear-headed by Carr. Gruden won a Super Bowl with Brad Johnson. Carr should have a terrific season.
#5) Jimmy Garoppolo:
The man the call “The Great Garoppolo” is now 7-0 in his last 7 starts. (2 with New England and 5 with San Francisco). The 49ers did not have a lot of talent last year, but Garoppolo thrived. In 5 starts he completed 67% of his passes and threw for over 1,500 yards. I expect Jimmy to have over 35 touchdown passes and turn this struggling franchise around. His players, coaches and fans believe in him and I know he will deliver.
#4) Drew Brees:
Brees is on the “back-9” of his career, but that is okay for New Orleans. They finally have a ton of play-makers around him. Last season, they had 3 players accumulate over 1,000 yards from scrimmage. Alvin Kamara ( 1,554 all- purpose yards), Mark Ingram (1,540 all-purpose yards) and Michael Thomas (1,245 receiving yards). Brees completed 72% of his passes. It is the 9th time in his career he has completed over 67% of his passes. You will not find a more accurate passer in the history of the NFL.
#3) Tom Brady:
Brady’s career record is 196-55. The Patriots have dominated the AFC East over the past 15 years. Since 2001, Brady has won 13 Division Titles, played in 11 AFC Championship Games and has a 5-3 record in the Super Bowl. At 40-years-old, he hasn’t slowed down at all. Last season, the former Michigan quarterback threw for 4,577 yards, had 32 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions. Since 2009 Brady has won at least 10 games or more every year.
#2) Carson Wentz:
Before the start of last season, I wrote, “If I had to take 1 quarterback and 1 team over the next 5 seasons, it would be Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles.” In only 13 games, Wentz had more touchdown passes (33) than Tom Brady. The Former North Dakota State stand-out is 6’4, 240lbs. He possesses everything you want in a quarterback. I expect him to be in the MVP running for the next five years and I wouldn’t be shocked if he becomes the new face of the NFL
#1) Aaron Rodgers:
If you were to get a group of scientist to genetically build the perfect quarterback, Aaron Rodgers would be the end result. I look at Aaron Rodgers in the same light as LeBron James. Despite never having an elite coach or complete team, Rodgers is the picture of consistency. For his career, he is completing 65% of his passes and is number 1 in the history of the NFL in touchdowns to interception ratio…4 to 1. The Packers should be improved defensively, so that means Rodgers and their potent offense should be on the field more. That is a nightmare scenario for any defensive coordinator. Look for Rodgers to have over 40 touchdown passes and over 4,000 passing yards. Packers should be on the best teams in the NFC.
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