A new NFL year is upon us and do you know what that means? It’s time to act like I can play quarterback at a high level and give my thoughts and opinions on NFL quarterbacks; how I feel about their situation and how they will preform. So youngsters and boomers alike let me share my unbiased and totally qualified opinion on the matter.
Matthew Stafford-LA Rams (R.I.P. Jared Goff)
2020 stats: 4084 yards 26 TDs 10 INTs 64.2 completion % 5-11 record
I’ve tried very hard to think of a bigger upgrade then going from Detroit to Los Angeles and going from Matt Patricia to Sean Mcvay. Even though the words escape the point still stands. Stafford has escaped Detroit and is now ready to show everyone he can compete and play in big games. Stafford gets to throw to the likes of Cooper Cupp, Robert Woods, Desean Jackson, and Tyler Higbee, and man people are excited. The day the Stafford for Goff trade was made the Rams Super Bowl odds went from +1500 to +1300. Although Stafford has never won a playoff game, most believe the Rams will not only win their division, but push for a Super Bowl. Personally, I’m rooting for Stafford to show what he can do with a good team.
Andy Dalton-Chicago Bears (Please just fire Matt Nagy)
2020 stats: 2170 yards 14 TDs 8 INTs 64.9 completion % 4-5 record
I feel bad for Andy Dalton. He signs with the Bears and is assigned QB1. Then the Bears proceed to draft Justin Fields, and now everyone wants Fields to start and Dalton to ride the bench.
The trade for Fields gave the Bears first round pick in 2022 to the New York Giants. As much as I love Justin Fields, there’s a lot riding on this season for the bears coaching staff and that starts with Matt Nagy. Nagy doesn’t keep his job if the Bears have another bad season, and since Nagy decides who starts he’s not going to put his future in a rookie’s hands.
Do I think Andy Dalton is the answer? Heck no. The Bears should’ve fired Nagy last season and gone into a rebuild with Fields. Since they sneaked into the playoffs going 8-8 the Bears get another wasted year under the “genius” of Nagy. With all that being said, how confident am I in Dalton? Well he goes from Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Ceedee Lamb to Allen Robinson and Darrell Mooney at wide receiver, and David Montgomery and Tarik Cohan behind a not so great offensive line with a lot of question marks.
Jameis Winston-New Orleans Saints (Jameis is back baby)
2020 stats: 0 games started
Famous Jameis is back baby and this time he’s cooking up turnovers in the New Orleans Superdome. Winston gets the starting job over Taysom Hill and honestly it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Now let’s get one thing straight, the Saints as a whole unit got worse, but with Winston at quarterback it does bring something new to the offense that Drew Brees wasn’t able to bring. Winston is able to throw the ball farther then 10 yards down field. Say what you want about about the guy, but he is exciting to watch. You never know which version of him your going to get. You could get 300 yards and 3 touchdowns or you could get 300 yards and 3 interceptions.
One thing that will help Winston in New Orleans is Sean Payton. Payton is a smart offensive mind and he knows how to use the quarterbacks he’s given. Comparing Sean Payton and Bruce Arians is the equivalent of comparing Rambo or Terminator to Sam Fisher and James Bond. My projection is Winston will throw for 5,000 yards, 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. It wouldn’t surprise me but I think it’s completely possible that Winston does have a good season and make the Saints competitive in the NFC.
Joe Burrow-Cincinnati Bengals (Penei Sewell > Ja’Marr Chase)
2020 stats: 2688 yards 13 TDs 5 INTs 65.3 completion % 2-7-1 record
If Joe Burrow weren’t on the Bengals there wouldn’t be a single likeable thing about the Bengals. IF (and that’s a big IF) Burrow survives behind the five pylons they call an offensive line I truly believe Burrow will show everyone why he went 1st overall in 2020. Everyone has locked onto Justin Herbert as the star quarterback from that draft class, but Burrow is still an elite talent and is set to remind everyone how good he is. It’s always good for a young quarterback when the weapons around him are as lethal as the weapons the Bengals have. Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins make up a good receiving core and Joe Mixon is a good running back. Personally I think the Bengals can finish higher then the Steelers in their division, but all of it rides on Burrow. I hope he doesn’t go down the Carson Palmer route, and for the Bengals sake, they better protect him better then they did in their first year.