The NFL, especially nowadays, is a quarterback-driven league. It is also one of the hardest positions to come by, whether it’d be through the draft or signing a quarterback in free agency. Regardless of how hard one is to come by, there are five NFL teams that desperately need a new quarterback sooner rather than later. Let’s take a look at those five teams.
Current quarterback- Blake Bortles.
2018 stats (through seven weeks): 1,735 passing yards, 9 TD’s to 8 INT’s, with a QBR of 80.3.
Need I say anything other than what’s listed above? Probably not. However, it pretty much goes without saying that Jacksonville is in dire need of a quarterback sooner rather than later. They drafted Blake Bortles No.3 overall in the 2014 NFL draft, and since coming into the league, he hasn’t even come close to being worthy of the No.3 selection. I’m not even sure he’d be worth the very last selection in any NFL draft. That’s how bad Blake Bortles is!
His stats speak for themselves this season. His lack of common awareness and carelessness when protecting the football is baffling, even for him. Bortles had one good playoff run and somehow or another, the Jags’ front office looks at Bortles as though he’s the second-coming of Joe Montana. And no, I’m not being “too harsh,” either. At this point, there is no excuse for Blake Bortles being as bad as he is.
I could go on for quite awhile, but I’d rather not waste my time. Point is, he’s really bad. Understand this, the Jags will go absolutely nowhere until they make a change at quarterback, I don’t care how good their defense is. (Which, by the way, has surrendered 90 total points in their last three games combined).
New York Giants
Current quarterback- Eli Manning
2018 stats (through seven weeks): 2,061 passing yards, 7 TD’s to 4 INT’s, with a QBR of 94.1.
Eli Manning, winner of two Super Bowls, and, for the most part, has had a pretty solid career. That is, until the last couple of seasons. In 2017, Manning threw for 3,468 yards while tossing 19 touchdown’s to 13 interceptions, which isn’t anything short of awful. Point is, Manning has been on the decline for quite some time now, and it’s time for a quarterback change in the Big Apple, whether the Giants’ organization wants to believe that or not.
Granted, the offensive line hasn’t done Manning any favors over the last several seasons, either. He’s been sacked 24 times through seven games this season. Yeah, the offensive line is “fixed,” sure it is. Just to put things into perspective for you, 24 sacks is the second-most given up by an offensive line behind Houston’s league-leading 26 sacks. But that’s still no excuse for Manning not to be putting up solid and consistent numbers. (Andrew Luck has done it for many seasons while being the most sacked/hit quarterback through his first several seasons, just saying).
You had an opportunity, New York. You blew it. Sam Darnold was there for the taking, and instead, you drafted a running back in a running back-rich draft because you still had “faith” in Manning’s abilities. How’s that working out for you? Don’t misconstrued what I’m saying here, Saquon Barkley is the real deal, but so is Sam Darnold. He was also available at No.2 overall, and the Giants passed on him. But, hey, you reap what you sow, and the consequence here is that now it’s going to be even harder to find a new franchise quarterback for the future.
Current quarterback- Ryan Tannehill
2018 stats (through five weeks), (injured last two weeks): 972 passing yards, 8 TD’s to 5 INT’s, with a QBR of 92.9.
Although Tannehill has missed two games this season, his numbers are average at best. He hasn’t even had a 300-yard game yet, which is concerning for someone who is supposed to be considered the “face of the franchise.” In his career, Tannehill has never thrown for more than 27 touchdowns in a season. He’s also only thrown for 4,000 yards or more twice in his career, and has only brought his team to the playoffs once! (Which, by the way, was in a game where he didn’t even start and the Dolphins lost to the Steelers 30-12).
Tannehill, much-like Bortles, is not the long-term answer. Yet, the Dolphins made a similar (but not as crucial) mistake similar to that of New York’s. Instead of moving up to try and draft a quarterback of the future, they waited and drafted safety Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama. Yes, the Dolphins needed secondary help, but a safety is a lot easier to come by than a franchise-altering quarterback. Maybe Miami had the same belief in Tannehill as the Giants had for Manning?
Either way, Tannehill isn’t winning Miami a Super Bowl. That, and he can’t seem to stay healthy. He missed the entire 2017 season due to tearing his ACL. Now, in 2018, he’s already missed two games and is likely to miss more. Let me think? Injury prone, no playoff wins, and, oh yeah, was once a wide receiver who made the change to quarterback. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. It’s time to move on from Terrible Tannehill and look to the future. Until then, your chances of making the playoffs seem to grow thinner each week.
Current quarterback- Andy Dalton
2018 stats (through seven weeks): 1,822 passing yards, 15 TD’s to 8 INT’s, with a QBR of 90.9.
Don’t even get me started on Marvin Lewis, who’s been the Bengals’ head coach for too long! He has yet to win a single playoff game since being hired by the team in January of 2003. Seriously? That’s problem number one, first and foremost. Problem number two is their quarterback situation, staring Andy Dalton. “Staring” is a strong word here, because Dalton is anything but a star for the Bengals, especially considering they haven’t made the playoffs in their last two seasons!
The reality is, he’s average at best. His best season was in 2015, when he tossed 25 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions, while throwing for 3,250 yards. When NFL experts look at Andy Dalton, there isn’t anything that says to them: “He’s going to win us a Super Bowl.” There isn’t anything special about Dalton, and for most of his career, he’s been all over the place. Some games he plays really well, others not so much. One of my biggest issues with Dalton is that he’s never had consistent back-to-back seasons. That’s a major problem when you’re considered the franchise quarterback.
Here’s my biggest problem, though. Andy Dalton has never won a playoff game since being drafted by the Bengals in 2011. Let that resonate for a second. Under Dalton, the Bengals have made the playoffs five times (2011-2015). They have lost every single time in the Wild-Card round. To put things into perspective, in each of those five losses, the Bengals have been outscored 121 to 68, that’s a 53-point difference people! The Bengals must move on from both Dalton and Lewis if they wish to end their winless playoff drought.
Current quarterback- Marcus Mariota
2018 season stats (through seven weeks): 1,030 passing yards, 3 TD’s to 5 INT’s, with a QBR of 78.5.
If you thought Blake Bortles’ 2018 stats were horrendous, look at Mariota’s. They’re worse! At least Bortles has more touchdowns than interceptions. Mariota isn’t playing well seven weeks into the season. The pieces are there for him to be successful, though. He has solid, to above-average wide receivers, an above-average offensive line, and an excellent running game. So, what’s the problem? It’s Mariota. It always has been!
In 2016, Mariota had his best season when he threw for 3,426 yards, a touchdown to interception ratio of 26:9, and an overall QBR of 95.6. The following season, Mariota declined greatly. He had a touchdown to interception ratio of 13:15, and an overall QBR of 79.3. His stats so far this season speak for themselves. As of now, Mariota seems to be on track to have more interceptions than touchdowns, again!
With Mariota at the helm, Tennessee has only made the playoffs once, last season. The same season Mariota had more interceptions than touchdowns. Not to mention both Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson were out for most, if not all of the 2017 season due to injury. Since they’ve both returned, look at how competitive the AFC South is becoming.
Still think missing Luck and Watson for (pretty much) the entire 2017 season didn’t help create an easier pathway for Tennessee to make the playoffs? Think again! Mariota has never defeated Luck, and Watson completely destroyed Mariota and company during their first matchup in 2017, before tearing his ACL. There’s 3 of Tennessee’s 9 wins for the 2017 season. The bottom line is this, Mariota is average at best. Come to think of it, Blake Bortles statistically had a better season than Mariota in 2017. You know you’re not very good when Blake Bortles is statistically better than you. Like it or not, Tennessee too, is another team who needs a new quarterback sooner rather than later.
Here’s the reality for all five of these teams, they need new quarterbacks sooner rather than later. There’s no sugarcoating it. With these quarterbacks at the helm of their respective squads, they won’t get anywhere close to making the playoffs, especially on a consistent basis!