It’s been said time and time again, but QB is the most important position in sports, but when played by the greatest athletes on the planet, it’s made to look so good and sometimes, way too easy. There are many great players that don’t get starting roles in the NFL, because there are only 32 available, but when the guys in charge start to struggle, there will always be people putting pressure on them for that position, and that’s what we are going to look at today.
So sit back and read along as we look to the start of the 2019 NFL season and analyze the position of every starting QB in the NFL, and whether their job will be safe for the season, or if they will lose their job to someone younger, hungrier, or just plain better.
32 Arizona Cardinals: Josh Rosen – Safe
The Arizona Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen at No. 10 in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he quickly made it known that he was going to make the nine teams who passed on him pay, and as of yet, he’s off to a solid start. He isn’t having the hot start that Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson have been, but he’s showing flashes of potential, and without any other options, the Cardinals are going to stick by him. The team as a whole isn’t very good, so we can’t judge him just yet, but if they can get him some help, he may be one of the best QBs taken in this very stacked 2018 Draft.
31 Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan – Safe
Just a few years ago, Matt Ryan was the NFL’s MVP and led the Falcons to a Super Bowl, and while he’s clearly not at that level anymore, he’s still a tremendous QB and the best option for Atlanta. He is a free agent this upcoming offseason, but with the team still looking to replicate its Super Bowl success, there’s no reason to move on from him. They’ve had a disappointing 2018, but in 2019, if the team can remain healthy and have a good offseason, they very well could turn it all around, and quickly.
30 Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson – Safe
Joe Flacco has been the Ravens starting QB for almost a decade now, but in 2018, the team drafted former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson at No. 32 overall, and he’s now effectively taken over the team. He hasn’t put up the greatest numbers just yet, but Jackson has been leading Baltimore to victories, and with his dual-threat abilities, they’d be silly to change that now. It may be harsh on Flacco who has been very consistent for years, but you can’t change a winning formula now, and Jackson is the QB of the future in Baltimore.
29 Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen – Safe
Like the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills have been struggling for years to find their starting QB of the future, and with the No. 7 pick in the 2018 Draft, they may have secured him in the form of Wyoming’s Josh Allen. He struggled to begin the season, but now that he’s managed to begin using his legs as well as he does his cannon of an arm, it looks like he could be the Bills starting QB for years to come. The team around him has plenty of growing to do, but with patience, he could help turn this team into a genuine contender, something they haven’t been for a long time.
28 Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton – Safe
A few years ago, Cam Newton was the MVP of the NFL, and it looked like he’d be elite for years to come, and while he’s come back to earth over the past few years, he still looks great. He’s arguably the greatest runner at the QB position in history already, and now that the Panthers are protecting him and getting him a run game, it looks like MVP Cam could be back soon. Whatever the case, the Panthers are a fringe playoff team, and that’s on the back of this fantastic young QB, who will go down as the best Panthers QB of all-time before his career is done.
27 Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky – Safe
The Chicago Bears have been the surprise team of the year after acquiring Khalil Mack, but the most surprising part has been the play of QB Mitch Trubisky, who is finally starting to live up to the hype of being drafted so high. Sure, he’s not lighting the league on fire, but when Trubisky is healthy, he does just enough to help this team win, and he could be the QB for years to come. A lot of people are overlooking Chicago this year, but the team has the potential to be a Super Bowl winner this season, and that’s going to happen with Trubisky at the helm for the foreseeable future.
26 Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton – Safe (For Now)
The Cincinnati Bengals have been decent for years now, but they haven’t won the big one, and somehow the starting QB and coach have survived, but that has to change soon. Marvin Lewis should be gone after the 2018 season, but Andy Dalton is quite decent during the regular season, so he should be given one more chance to prove himself. Just in case, the team should look at a top QB in this upcoming draft, because something isn’t working, and if Dalton can’t prove himself, he needs to go too.
25 Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield – Safe
The Cleveland Browns have struggled in the draft over the past few years, but this year, they couldn’t have got it more right with the No. 1 and No. 4 selections. Many criticized their pick of Baker Mayfield, but just a season in and he is proving that he was worth that choice (and Denzel Ward at No. 4 is arguably the Defensive Rookie of the Year). Mayfield has swagger, he wants to be the one who turns this franchise around, and it looks like they may have finally ended their unfortunate luck with QBs.
24 Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott – Safe
It was just two years ago that the Dallas Cowboys drafted a pair of offensive rookies with which the team would build around for years to come, and despite some of his struggles, that hasn’t changed for Dak Prescott. Some Cowboys fans have questioned his ability, but with the addition of Amari Cooper, it’s clear that Dak has "it," and with Ezekiel Elliott by his side, it’s hard to see Prescott losing his job anytime soon. Sure, injuries and other unfortunate things occur in sports, but the Cowboys are finally looking like a contender, and they’re confident that Dak can be the leader of this team for years to come.
23 Denver Broncos: Case Keenum – Safe
Case Keenum had been a career backup until 2017, where he had a great year with the Minnesota Vikings, and although he hasn’t been lighting it up with the Broncos, he’s the best option they’ve got. The Broncos D is one of the best in the league, and if they can get him some more consistent weapons, this team could be a playoff team in 2019. Simply put, they don’t have any better options. The team missed out on Kirk Cousins in last year's free agency, and with no big-name QBs available in free agency, their only option is the draft. For the meantime, however, Case Keenum is it.
22 Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford – Safe
The Detroit Lions have been awful for years, even when they made the playoffs, nobody really took them seriously, and that must be hard for Stafford, who truly deserves better. The team is beginning to find balance in their offense, and it could mean good things for the future, but for now, the team is going to be stuck at the bottom of the NFC North. The team should look to trade Matthew in the near future because he should be leading a playoff contender, but in terms of being replaced by the Lions, it’s just not going to happen.
21 Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers – Safe
The Green Bay Packers have just been eliminated from playoff contention, and that’s a shock to a lot of people given how great a QB they have, and even though it’s been said plenty, it’s worth repeating, Aaron Rodgers is not the problem. The team around him has been terrible for years, and the Packers made the first step this year by firing Mike McCarthy, but no matter what they do to try and fix the team, it should be done to help Rodgers. The D needs major help, and if they can get that, the team may again be able to compete in the NFC North, but either way, A-Rod will be around until he decides to leave.
20 Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson – Safe
The Houston Texans have been one of the AFC’s best teams for a few years, but without a solid QB under center, they haven’t made it far. Right now, though, they’ve got one of the NFL’s most promising young QBs. Deshaun Watson had a stellar rookie year, but he went down with an unfortunate injury, and now that he’s back, he’s proving that he has the physical and mental makeup to be a big star. The AFC is wide open with plenty of contenders, and Watson could lead the Texans deep into the playoffs, but either way, the Houston Texans have found themselves a winner for the next decade.
19 Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – Safe
A lot of people forgot just how good Andrew Luck could be while he was out injured, but in 2018, the Colts are protecting him well, and he is again one of the best QBs in the entire NFL. He has the mental toughness, the physical tools and most importantly the belief in himself, and with the Colts O-Line playing great, this team could be a dark horse Super Bowl threat. Jacoby Brissett is a great backup, but unless something changes drastically, Andrew Luck is as safe in his job as they come in the NFL today.
18 Blake Bortles – Will Lose His Job
The Jacksonville Jaguars were a quarter away from the Super Bowl a year ago, and that came on the back of their very dangerous D, but despite all the criticisms of Blake Bortles, the team gave him a big contract in the offseason. The team was criticized heavily for this and he has since been benched for Cody Kessler (who's playing even worse on paper) so it looks like Bortles may lose his job this offseason. The Jags should have gone harder after Kirk Cousins or Case Keenum this past offseason, and in 2019, they need to go hard after a big name QB, because it’s just not working out with Blake.
17 Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes – Safe
When the Kansas City Chiefs traded Alex Smith in the offseason, people feared they’d take a backward step with Patrick Mahomes in charge, but it’s been quite the opposite, as he is the favorite to take home this year's MVP award. The team may have lost one young gun in Kareem Hunt, but with Mahomes leading the way, the future of this team is very bright, as he could change the game. We’ve already seen Patrick make plays that have never been made in the NFL before, and it’s safe to say that this spot is his for as long as he wants it.
16 Los Angeles Chargers: Philip Rivers – Safe
Philip Rivers has been one of the best QBs in the NFL for quite some time now, but for some reason, no one has been giving him the respect he deserves, even in 2018 where he’s having a career year. The Chargers are fighting hard in a very tough AFC West division, but if they can make a deep push in the playoffs, perhaps Rivers can finally be appreciated as the fantastic QB that he is. Either way, Rivers' job, like so many veterans on this list, is his until he retires, but until he makes a deep playoff push, we can’t see that happening.
15 Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff – Safe
After his rookie season, many fans around the world considered Jared Goff a bust, but with the hiring of Sean McVay, he looks like a genuine MVP candidate, and he will lead this team for 10+ years to come. With Todd Gurley at RB and their amazing D, the Rams are going to be a Super Bowl contender for the next couple of years, and Jared Goff is going to lead this team well. He’s not the most athletic or doesn’t have the biggest arm, but he’s a great leader and does everything well. Barring injury, there’s no reason the Rams would not start Jared.
14 Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill – Safe
Ryan Tannehill has been the Dolphins starting QB since he was drafted in 2012, and before his injury last season, many people were questioning him, but in 2018, he has silenced those doubters. Sure, the Dolphins aren’t the best team in the AFC, they aren’t even one of the top teams, but Ryan isn’t the reason for that, as he’s having arguably one of the best years of his career (rating-wise). The team has plenty to do around him to become a decent team, but Tannehill is someone they can build around, so don’t expect the Dolphins to draft a top QB anytime soon.
13 Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins – Safe
Many people believed that a team would overpay for Kirk Cousins in this past offseason, and that’s exactly what Minnesota did, and although he’s not a terrible QB, he certainly isn’t worth that money. Unfortunately for them, they have no immediate option to go too instead of Cousins, so they better just hope he can improve in 2019. The deal was a long one, so they are going to pay him regardless, but if the team can improve as a whole around Kirk, they could be a genuine Super Bowl contender.
12 New England Patriots: Tom Brady – Safe
Tom Brady has been the starting QB of the New England Patriots for the better part of the past two decades, and he’s arguably the greatest QB of all-time, so it’s safe to say that his job is safe until he wants to retire. There have been rumors of that for the past few years, but with how well the Patriots continue to play and dominate the AFC East, there’s no genuine reason he should retire this offseason. There’s always a chance, but with Bill Belichick and Rob Gronkowski on the team, Brady should be back as the Pats starter again in 2019.
11 New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees – Safe
Drew Brees is the most prolific passer in NFL history and is in the midst of what many believe should be his first MVP season, so there’s absolutely no reason he should fear for his job next year. The team had traded for Teddy Bridgewater to be the future QB of this franchise, but for now, until he decides to retire, this is Drew’s team. He has spoken at length about his desire to play for as long as possible, and considering the 2018 he is having, it looks like it will be at least two to three years before Drew finally does hang up the boots.
10 New York Giants: Eli Manning – Will Lose His Job
Eli Manning has been a good QB for years now, and with two Super Bowl victories and all those passing yards, it’s clear that he, like his brother Peyton, will be going into the Hall of Fame one day. However, 2018 is the last time we’ll see him as a starter for the New York Giants. The team has been hesitant to move on from the man who’s been with them since 2004, but with talents like Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham on the squad, they need to make a change. The offense is built to succeed now, so a free agent/trade would be the best way to do this, but if they can land a top QB in the draft, they may be set for the next 15 years.
9 New York Jets: Sam Darnold – Safe
The New York Jets were ecstatic when Sam Darnold fell to them at No. 3 in the 2018 NFL Draft, and even though he hasn’t had a stellar rookie reason, it’s clear that he’s the future of the New York franchise. The team doesn’t have another QB ready to start either, which makes his job all the safer, and if they can use their tremendous cap space and predicted top-10 selection well, we could see him break out in year two. Sam has all the physical and mental tools to be a star in the NFL, and if the Jets can build a good team around their already solid core, he could be their starter for 15+ years.
8 Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr – Will Lose His Job
Two years ago, Derek Carr looked like one of the most promising QBs in the league, but after an unfortunate injury and a change in leadership in Oakland, it’s not looking too good for him anymore. Now that his favorite weapon in Amari Cooper is gone, it wouldn’t shock anyone if Carr was traded away in the offseason, but either way, his performance in 2018 has been awfully inconsistent, despite looking good on paper. No one is quite aware of Jon Gruden’s true plan in Oakland, but either way, it’s safe to assume that Derek Carr is likely not a part of it.
7 Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz – Safe
It was just last year that Carson Wentz was the front-runner for MVP, and he likely would have received that award if it wasn’t for an unfortunate injury, but sadly, in 2018, the Eagles are swooning from their Super Bowl hangover. Wentz has been just as good, but the rest of the team isn’t clicking, but it’s fair to say that Carson could be one of the top-5 QBs in the NFL for years to come. Carson has it all from the arm to the legs to the mental makeup, and it will be fun to see how this team bounces back in 2019 with Wentz still at the helm.
6 Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger – Safe
Ben Roethlisberger has been one of the most consistent QBs in the NFL over the past decade, and although Pittsburgh is no longer feared the way they once were, they are still a team you don’t want to play in the playoffs. Rumors of his retirement have been swirling for a number of years now, and if he does retire, the Steelers are confident their offense can run without him, but it’s not likely at this point. Despite all the injuries, Big Ben is still playing great, and until he hangs up the cleats, he will be the starting QB, because the Steelers will never bench him.
5 San Francisco 49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo – Safe
Quarterbacks who learn under Tom Brady have traditionally not had the best success once leaving the Patriots, but Jimmy G has the biggest chance, and once he returns from injury, he’ll again be the starting QB. He has impressed so far in his career when on the field, and despite that lack of experience, the 49ers gave him a big deal, and he’s the man who can handle the pressure. We’ll have to wait and see if their risk pays off, but for now, Jimmy G is the man until he fails, but that doesn’t look likely considering his play in his first few games as a starter.
4 Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson – Safe
The 2012 Draft was one of the biggest for QB’s in NFL history, and while the #1 pick has been fantastic when healthy, the second best QB wasn’t taken until the later rounds by the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson showed flashes of a Pro Bowler in college, and he wasn’t expected to be a superstar in the NFL, but 8 years later, he is still the entire Seattle Seahawks offense. Sure, they’ve had a decent run game for most of this time, but Wilson is a superstar, and if it wasn’t for him, this team wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful, so why would he lose his job now?
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston – Will Lose His Job
When he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2014 out of FSU, the only knock on Jameis Winston was his off the field issues, and four years later, it looks like that is what will cost him, despite his oftentimes great play on the field. He had plenty of Bucs fans excited over the past few years, but this year has been a different story, and with the Bucs struggling, it’s about time they move on. The team is in a very tough division, so drafting a new QB would be the best option, but whether it’s a veteran free agent like Tyrod Taylor or a top draft pick like Justin Herbert/Drew Lock (or a very unlikely trade), it won’t be Winston at QB in 2019.
2 Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota – Safe
Marcus Mariota is a great example of what a modern QB in the NFL has become, and while he hasn’t broken out into the star that many expected, he has been very consistent, and he’s certainly not the problem in Tennessee. The team is promising, but has several holes that keep them from being a true playoff contender, but Mariota has been good since he came out of Oregon with his Heisman Trophy. In the future, they may have to move on from him unless he can carry this team, but for now, they need to keep him around and focus on building a contender around him.
1 Washington Redskins: Alex Smith – Safe
Until the injury to Alex Smith, the Redskins were one of the surprise teams of the 2018 NFL season, and when Smith returns, there’s no way that anyone else is under center for Washington. He may have been pushed out of Kansas City to make way for Patrick Mahomes, but Smith is still one of the most consistent QBs in the NFL, and with the return of Derrius Guice also expected in 2019, this team could make a surprise run. Smith is getting up there in age, so the team will need to think beyond him in the near future, but for 2019, Smith gives them the best chance to win