Four games into the 2019 season has told us a lot. One thing that has stood out in particular, though, has been quarterback play. It proved that any questions around certain QB’s were more than legitimate. There were multiple franchises that, if they didn’t already know before, found out that their current guy under center is not their future. These are the NFL teams that need to desperately move on at that position.
As I was working on this article, the Giants made the switch to move on from Eli Manning and finally start #6 overall pick Daniel Jones. Lets just say that was a great decision.
Mason Rudolph has replaced the injured Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, and he’s showed some promise in his limited moments. He has confidence moving the ball down field and hasn’t turned it over much. With Ben’s career winding down, the Steelers may already have their guy.
There’s also many teams with elite quarterbacks that happen to be aging. The Saints, Patriots, Chargers and Packers should all look to maybe start drafting their future QB.
Carolina Panthers/Cam Newton
Cam Newton is a former league MVP. One of the most dominant dual threat QB’s we’ve ever seen. A freak athlete. But in his ninth season, its apparent that he’s not the Panthers guy going forward. It’s not for lack of talent, because that’s never been the issue. Instead, it’s been the countless injuries. His shoulder gave out on him last year in the midst of the best year since his MVP campaign. Now this season he’s been sidelined indefinitely with a foot injury that might need surgery. With Kyle Allen showing out in week 3 (4 TD’s in his second career start), its clear that Newton’s time in Carolina is all but up.
Denver Broncos/Joe Flacco
Flacco clearly ins’t the Bronco’s franchise QB. Like Keenum last season, he’s a rental with the hope of leading them to a playoff appearance. If they don’t get there this year (which is highly unlikely considering their 0-4 start), expect him to be somewhere else in the next season or two while Elway continues to draft and trade.
Washington Redskins/Case Keenum
Keenum has been surprisingly good with the Redskins. The team, on the other hand, is an ugly 0-3. A team that was playoff bound pre-Alex Smith injury last season is now going to end up being a bottom feeder. They did just draft Dwayne Haskins 15th overall, and though we’re yet to see him play a full game, it probably won’t be long before they give him a real chance. Washington has their guy going forward, and the Keenum rental won’t last much longer.
Cincinnati Bengals/Andy Dalton
The Bengals are 0-3, to no one’s surprise. They’ve missed the playoffs four years in a row, and lost in the wildcard round the five seasons before that. Andy Dalton has been the leader of this Bengals team since 2011, leading them to all five of those playoff appearances. But as of late, the Bengals have been bad. It’s not necessarily Dalton’s fault, though. He’s no superstar, but he has been a formidable franchise QB. This is more so due to the franchise being in desperate need of a restart. AJ Green hasn’t played yet, Dalton only played 11 games last year, and they’ve been an irrelevant team for years now. It’s clear that the Dalton era is coming to a close.
Tampa Bay Buccs/Jameis Winston
This is a no brainer. Jameis was an exhilarating pick coming out of FSU in 2015. Following a Heisman Trophy season, he was supposed to be the Buccaneers’ savior. Unfortunately, he’s been anything but. He’s never topped a 64.6% completion percentage, 28 TD’s, or a QBR of 92.2. Not to mention in his five seasons they’re yet to make the playoffs. He’s been suspended for sexual assault allegations and been sidelined with injuries. Since coming into the league, he’s the far and away leader for most turnovers. This doesn’t work, and it never has. The Buccs’ best bet is to go for Lawrence or Tua.