The NFL offseason is in full swing, and last week the league blew up with the start of free agency as teams swapped players and picks, all in the hopes of getting better next year and the years to come.
Regardless of all the trades and the moving draft picks around, along with the dumping salary, there is one position that matters more than anything: quarterback.
It is truly a QB’s league, and if you don’t have a great one, you’re not going to go too far. You may have a shot at making the playoffs, like the Houston Texans did last year, but you’re not getting in when you have to face off against Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Peyton Manning. Defense will get you through the season, but even the Seattle Seahawks have a dynamic leader in Russell Wilson who finds a way to get the first down, get the touchdown, and win the game (except at the end of the Super Bowl).
The Texans, alongside teams like the Bills, the Chiefs, and the Cardinals were solid teams last year that were competing for playoff spots, but overall they didn’t have a great player at QB to lead them further. Conversely, the Giants may have stumbled, but Eli Manning, whether or not you like him, is a two-time Super Bowl champion, and with him in place, pieces can be put together around him.
Quarterback is the most important position in the league, and for about half the teams, it’s the position they need to address. So let’s take a look at the biggest quarterback messes in the league this offseason. These are the teams that are muddled in mediocrity or on the verge of heading quickly downhill. Now, while the Raiders and Jaguars have been at the bottom of the league for some time, we are leaving them out, as it looks like David Carr and Blake Bortles could be very good players. They are at least decent enough to be the certain starter going forward as these clubs rebuild.
We are also leaving off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the top pick, it’s assumed they will select Jameis Winston, who will be their opening day starter and have the opportunity to lead the team. There are still plenty of QB messes to go around.
10 10. Denver Broncos
9 9. Philadelphia Eagles
8 8. Chicago Bears
7 7. St. Louis Rams
6 6. New York Jets
Rex Ryan is gone, which may spell good news for an offense that was constantly disregarded by the defensive-minded head coach. However, the Jets still have the erratic Geno Smith and the aged Michael Vick. They do have a shot at Marcus Mariota with the sixth pick, but it’s no sure thing they will get him, and it’s certainly no sure thing that a top QB pick will pan out in the heavily-scrutinized spotlight of New York City. What’s more, the Jets simply don’t have luck drafting QBs. Mark Sanchez was a fifth overall pick. Smith meanwhile was taken in the second round, as was Kellen Clemens in 2006. Chad Pennington was a first round pick; he wasn’t bad, but certainly wasn’t great.
5 5. Houston Texans
4 4. Tennessee Titans
3 3. Washington
2 2. Buffalo Bills
1 1. Cleveland Browns
The Johnny Manziel experiment may be over and done with after one year. Taken with the 22nd pick in last year’s draft, the electric college player hasn’t exactly made the transition to the pros and certainly isn’t attracting the right kind of attention off the field. He shared time last year with Brian Hoyer, who is now gone, while Connor Shaw also made a start last year. That means since Tim Couch is still the last QB in Browns history to start all 16 games - that was 2001. Since then, Couch is one of 18 different players to start at QB for the Browns. They signed Josh McCown and are rumored to be looking at drafting yet another QB. There is no end in sight for the struggling Cleveland club,.
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