New England Patriots 2012 draft

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Chandler Jones DE/OLB from Syracuse University An athletic guy who has a big wingspan. He needs to work on his pass rushing moves but could develop into a great player. He could step in right away as the starter or play some significant time on sub packages so either way they have some options. He is a versatile player who can play in either defensive set but I do not see him being a “making waves” kind of production in his first year. His kind of size and athleticism does not come around all of the time so I love that the Patriots saw him still on the board and grabbed him then traded back up to get the guy they really wanted. GRADE- A

Dont’a Hightower ILB from Alabama– I do not see him being used as just an ILB but I can see him playing in different positions. I am a little surprised that he was still on the board but I am glad that Bill traded up to grab him because Baltimore would have otherwise. He is a guy who can play in the middle with Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes, but I also see him playing some time at OLB or even in coverage. He is good at blitzing up the middle but I do not think he is a pass rusher, he might contribute to that but will not be the main guy. The only thing that might hurt him is the development of Brandon Spikes, which could cut down his playing time, unless Bill has a plan to move either Mayo, Spikes or even Hightower to another LB position. GRADE- A

Tavon Wilson CB/S from Illinois- Officially labeled by NFL.com as a free safety but spent the first two seasons in college as a cornerback then converted over to a safety before the 2010 season. I do not know where he fits in the Patriots defense, whether it is as a cornerback or a safety but I do think that this pick was a head scratch especially since so many other defense backs were still on the board at the time. Defensive backs that are more known, most likely higher potential, and will most likely be in the league later. I do not get this pick and I just do not know if Tavon will be an impact player. I will trust Bill on this one I guess but the fact that they did take a DE later on in the draft kind of gets to me. They could have picked up a better, more productive DE at this pick and still picked up Wilson at 90. GRADE- D

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Patriots trade 62nd pick for the 90th pick and the 163rd pick. SHOCKING. Did you really think that Bill was not going to disappoint us all and avoid drafting some players who can actually start and instead end up with a new class of practice squad members. Maybe I am being a little harsh on this move but I am just a little taken back by the second round moves that they made, especially after such a great start. First they pick up someone who MIGHT sniff the practice squad and then they trade out of the second round. Okay, so let us see where this goes and be optimistic about this. Belichick is the coach with the rings and we are the fans who are just anxious and want the Patriots to pick up everyone with a name we know but that is not going to happen. GRADE- F

Jake Bequette DE from Arkansas– This was taken from NFL.com on Bequette.

“Bequette was a strong player for Arkansas, though his productivity could be attributed more to competitiveness and intelligence than great athleticism. He stood out as a leader and high-energy player for the Razorbacks. He had the strength to rush, set the edge and hold his ground in the run game, able to battle bigger linemen and go hard until the end of the play. He is a solid tackler around the ball and consistently pursues plays from the backside. His versatility across the line makes him a good value for NFL teams, especially those running a 3-4 defense. He will likely be taken in one of the later rounds.”

His weaknesses summarized that he gets lost on double teams, not too athletic, not a factor in the passing game, does not play as fast as he could. Jake seems like a decent pick and will contribute in his own way but not sure, how often or how big that impact will be. He could compete with Jermaine Cunningham for playing time and who knows who will win that battle but either way the Patriots will get a good player out of it. GRADE- C

Something to worry about Patriots fans is that the Patriots have the fewest draft picks left with just one pick, which is 163, a 5th round pick. We always hear the same thing, the word value is thrown around, and it just gets annoying. Yeah you can trade all kinds of picks for later picks in the draft because you can get some value players… wow… great… how about players who can start and make an impact on a game that can say… I do not know… help you actually win the Super Bowl versus not being able to stop the other teams offense. Would it have been so bad if you did not have any picks after 62? Does that spell a bad draft if you only have four picks? Well it is quality not quantity, and while Hightower and Jones are quality picks the rest of the picks are not. However, let us be positive here and say that for whatever place they do not hit they can always plug-in another free agent because you still have some talented names available on the market.

I’ll update this again when they make their final selection but most likely the player won’t be any good so does it matter, I think not. Who will the pick be? A new practice squad member or bench guy.

*UPDATE*  4/29

Nate Ebner DB from Ohio State- A kid who will come in and contribute on special teams right away. Not a bad pick at all, a nice depth move for the Patriots and considering the injury problems they have had in the past at both CB and S this is a good pick up. Bad part about the pick is not sure he will be anything more than a special teams guy. GRADE- C

Alfonzo Dennard CB from Nebraska- This was a high risk-high reward pick for the Patriots. Dennard could have gone a lot earlier in the draft. He was once considered an early round pick until performance and bad decisions pushed him down the board. At that point in the draft, in the seventh round, if you miss it’s not a huge deal but if you hit you’re a genius and Dennard could be a hidden gem if he can get his act together. If anyone can do it it’s Bill Belichick and that core group that they have and leaders like Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork and Tom Brady to show him. I have to say that I did really like this pick from the Patriots. He is shorter and can get blocked by more physical receivers but will also try to be involved in the play which is good, and according to the breakdown at NFL.com, is NFL-ready which is good for a seventh rounder. Now it is just up to Dennard to get his act together or he’ll be a newcomer with WWE or the CFL. GRADE- B

Jeremy Ebert WR from Northwestern- Could eventually be the replacement/competition for Julian Edelman as a slot receiever and special teams player. The fact that he came on strong his last two seasons at Northwestern tells me that he will get better with time and will learn the system eventually. He’ll most likely be a practice squad guy since they have a lot of receivers on the roster but still a decent pick for that late in the draft. GRADE- C

Overall- A very good draft for the New England Patriots as they were primarily defensive oriented which is an area that needed to be addressed. Not that I put a lot of stock into the grades on NFL.com, because it is based on others opinions at the combine and pro days and if you don’t go then you have a low-grade but aren’t neccessarily a bad player. However, the player with the highest grade according to NFL.com is actually seventh round pick Alfonzo Dennard at 85.7 then Dont’a Hightower at 85 and the lowest being both Nate Ebner and Jeremy Ebert who didn’t have grades at all. Again, doesn’t really mean much but I thought it was a little interesting. Why didn’t I like the Tavon Wilson pick? Well because I see him as a blend in kind of player which means that he won’t do anything great but most likely won’t do anything bad either but I don’t think you use a second round pick on that kind of player. Hey, if I’m wrong, that’s awesome and I’m more than happy to be wrong on this one but I see him as a guy who you can forget is even playing just because he won’t stand out positively or negatively. He had a private workout with Bill and the Patriots however and seven other teams worked him out so teams had a different grade on him then the scouts and analysts did so I do trust Bill but I’m not going to be surprised if he is not on the team in a few years.

 

Can Tim Tebow fix the New York Jets’ locker room?

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Tim Tebow, a player on the Denver Broncos American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All of last season it was one of the constant things that you heard. Back and forth from the Jets’ players and them talking trash about opponents and even other teammates. Whether it was Holmes quitting on the team, Sanchez calling his team gutless, Holmes calling out Sanchez and the OL and it was just an NFL soap opera. I mean if Mark Sanchez ended up being related to Rex Ryan it would have been soap opera gold, goodbye HBO hello CBS. Therefore, you have to wonder what the Jets’ angle with Tebow was. Competition for Sanchez? Converting to a hybrid type of player? An attempt to fix and weed out the poison in the locker room? I am leaning towards all of the above because by nature, we humans are creatures of habit and we often mimic each other. Good deeds, good people, habits, personalities and other things can leak out on each other and with the Jets; it was in the negative side of the tracks the last few years. Trading for Tim Tebow will help alter that path, change that state in the locker room and I think provide a real role model and potential true leader of the locker room.

Antonio Cromartie and other Jets can say whatever they want on this subject but the fact is they brought this upon themselves by not being a team. The negative attitudes and egos in that locker room have also changed the path of Mark Sanchez and the path he was once on. From here on out who knows what he will turn into but it will be a product of that locker room and atmosphere. Ladainian Tomlinson walked away from the Jets saying it was the worst locker room he had been in, and I think LT did attempt to change the ways of the room but the dark “aura” that surrounds the team is overwhelming.

Whatever flaws Tebow has as a QB I think the biggest impact he will have on this team is off the field. However, LT had the same heart of gold and he could not change a thing. I think maybe it is time for Rex Ryan to step in and change this culture just as Belichick did with Adalius Thomas, Shawn Springs and the other negative influences they had. I give Rex Ryan credit in that situation as well, believe it or not, because he did not sign “AD” after the Patriots released him, even though he had a past with him. Rex I think identified that even though Thomas might have had some talent at one point, his negative influence on the locker room would not be worth it.

Bringing in Tebow will also be a football move, obviously, and Tony Sporano new Jets Offensive Coordinator, will figure out how to use Tebow whether it be as a QB, HB, FB, TE or WR or all of them. It will put some pressure on both Sanchez and Tebow, which could make them play better. As of right now I believe Mark Sanchez is the starter and it would take a lot for Tebow to take over but the fact that the Jets could has the potential to push Mark to play up to his potential and be a better QB. Mark Brunell did a good job as a back up QB but I do not think that Sanchez ever thought that Brunell was ever going to be a threat to take over his job so never felt the need to improve. His ego simply told him that he was the best QB on the team, which he was, but he owed it to the team to improve and be the guy and compete with the other young QB’s for the title of the next elite QB and he did not. Will this signing make the Jets a super bowl contender? No, I do not think it does but it could make them better then last year but they need more positive influences in that locker room to help guide Sanchez and other young players in the right direction.

It would benefit Tebow if he played some other positions and shows that he can be a team player and not so stubborn. He has said in the past that he wanted to be a QB but he would really benefit from changing that stance. He can still come out and say, “I still see myself as a QB but right now I’m doing what is best for the team and winning games.” If he can somehow master the hybrid position, I think he could really change the league in the future. Players like him, Brad Smith, Aaron Hernandez and some others will not be limited to just one position but could move around and not be seen as odd or a trick play but a smart play by a versatile athlete and a smart coach. Is Tim Tebow ever going to be an NFL QB? I don’t think so, at least not the level of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady but maybe he could be a game manager and end up leading a team to the super bowl but he REALLY needs to work on reading defenses, accuracy and playing from the pocket. If he does not then he will end up just a bust, which I think he is not. He would be a better HB/FB or TE then a QB and if a team wants to throw in a wildcat play or an option play with him then that would be smart. The Jets could also benefit from picking up a real speedy running back to play behind Shonn Greene in those situations.

I am a Patriots fan all the way and I love that the Jets did not win the division last season but I also like a competitive division. I think Rex Ryan is a good coach and the players are doing an injustice to him by being so egotistical and selfish. The Trail Blazers players got a good coach fired and it was their own fault and the Jets can make a stand to be better players, better people and be more positive. With that being said, I hope they do not ever win a Super Bowl, ha, just kidding. If they do then good for them and hopefully, it means that all of the heads in the locker room are on straight. Bottomline is I do not think that Tim Tebow will fix the New York Jets‘ locker room on his own but the TRUE leaders of the team need to STEP UP and make the others listen and start a positive culture on this team because Rex Ryan is a good coach and deserves better.

**cough** Go Pats!! **cough**

Where do the New England Patriots go from here?

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After losing to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl you have to think, where do they go from here? Well it was obvious, to me anyway, that the Patriots have some holes that really need to be filled if they want to win another Super Bowl ring. The score of the game cannot blind them, yes, if they scored a touchdown then they would have won and ESPN and other outlets would be swamped with comparisons of Tom Brady and Joe Montana, and we would be trying to find a channel that was not talking about it and most likely failing. However, the Patriots defense could not stop the Giants on that last drive and even on other drives made some crucial mistakes and they lacked playmakers on that defense. The Giants had 114 yards rushing and 282 through the air and they won the time of possession battle. So where do the Patriots go from here?

So out of all of the Patriots free agents, a list can be found here, who comes back? Wes Welker I believe is a given, Deion Branch, Dan Connolly, Matthew Slater, I do believe will all be back. Who is on the fence? Andre Carter, Mark Anderson and BenJarvus Green Ellis– all had decent seasons and could be offered contracts that the Patriots don’t want to match or beat. Especially with Green Ellis who hasn’t fumbled yet, what team wouldn’t want that and by letting him go you make a commitment to the two young running backs that you drafted last season, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, they deserve to play more than they did last season and bringing back Green Ellis will just stunt any production I believe. The top priority is obviously Wes Welker but Matthew Slater is also on top of that list as well and as for Branch, well if he is willing to take a reduced role then we should sign him.

So what positions should be looked at in free agency? They need a pass rusher we all noticed the impact Andre Carter had so to have that consistently and from both sides would really make a difference. Defensive backs- they need better corners and safety. Bringing some impact defensive backs can really turn around a defense and a game. I’m not sure any team respects our corners and safeties. They also need an explosive Wide Receiver, only one who is strictly a deep threat but just an explosive WR that will get teams to respect the talent and notice he can be a deep threat. Even with the pending retirement of Brian Waters, I believe the Patriots are okay with the offensive line but grabbing a player or two in free agency or the draft would not hurt.

As much as we say it’s an offensive league, a defense still wins championships. Since 2004, every team who won a Super Bowl had at least a good defense, except the Indianapolis Colts but they were against the Chicago Bears who probably should not have been there. Maybe it’s not all about where you rank but more about the players you have and the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers this season I believe proved that but they shouldn’t be fooled, The Patriots deserved to be last especially when they released Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders without getting anything in return.

So who do the Patriots look at in free agency? Well this is a little tricky because they will look for talent but most likely not top talent because they will command big money. So with that being said who could be on the radar? Well you have Wide Receiver Reggie Wayne, something that former Patriots Willie McGinest pointed out. I know he’s a top WR but I have him because he played with Peyton Manning in a complicated offense, so you know he will grasp the playbook and know what is expected of him from another future Hall of Fame Quarterback Tom Brady. So what other names jump off the page? Well Defensive End Aaron Smith is one name, if healthy, can provide some energy and make an impact. Also obviously, Mario Williams would also be worth looking into but who knows if the Houston Texans will franchise tag him. Corners and safeties that could be available- Rashean Mathis, Marcus Trufant, Eric Wright, LaRon Landry, Chris Hope and Jordan Babineaux. Also some decent linebackers available, which could be on the radar as well. What should be watched is the situations in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Oakland because Pittsburgh and Philadelphia want to dump salary to make room for others and Oakland is going under a change in direction, strategy and everything since Al Davis passed away and is looking to release some “bad” contracts.

Some moves might be based on how they feel about Ras-I Dowling who was a 2nd round pick and was on injured reserve, also has a past of injuries. In addition, do they cut or keep Ron Brace, Jermaine Cunningham, Myron Pryor, and Chad “Ocho” Johnson and will they move Devin McCourty permanently to safety. This is certain though, Bill Belichick will make some moves, just as he did last off-season and with a whole off-season to teach the playbooks and system it will make a difference.

Key areas to improve- Cornerback, Safety, Defensive End, Outside Linebacker, Wide Receiver and Offensive Line.

Whom to target in the upcoming NFL draft? Safety Mark Barron from Alabama could drop to them since he has an injury and his time at the Scouting Combine will be limited. If he is still on the board at 20 or so, they should try to trade up and snag him. DT- Michael Brockers, DT- Dontari Poe, DE- Fletcher Cox, WR- Mohamed Sanu, OLB- Courtney Upshaw. It’s hard to predict what Bill will do in the draft but this is what I predict- Mark Barron will indeed fall to the Patriots at 27 but Bill will trade down for another second round pick and the Baltimore Ravens will pick Barron. Why? Well they will see someone else who maybe has the same skill set as Barron but with a lower ceiling and will be cheaper.

Franchise Tags can be applied- February 20th

Free Agency begins on March 13th

NFL Draft starts April 26th

Does the new CBA need to introduce a new NBA?

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The NBA games have become hard to watch and just like the MLB you can pretty accurately predict who will win it all and who will have a tough time. The new Big 3 in Miami just proves the point that small market teams will always have a disadvantage unless this new CBA changes that. What in my eyes makes the NFL so much better than the NBA? It’s because I feel that anything can happen, a small market team can win the Super Bowl and a big market team can go 0-16 cause it’s more equal and more difficult really to get an all-star cast all on one roster. The NBA needs competitiveness so that it creates a stir and creates more change and the feeling that if you don’t watch, you actually might miss something. Instead of now where you can predict that the NBA Finals would probably be Heat Vs Lakers but wouldn’t it be more interesting if it could be any team. You could argue that the smaller market teams could play at the top of their game and come out on top but really, when you have all-star casts running to bigger markets to “play together” it seems unlikely and honestly not appealing. I’m a huge Celtics fan, but I do think it would be nice if for once it’d be more equal, can you imagine if it was a 76ers Vs Grizzles, I know sounds like a yawn fest but with the talent spread out equally who knows who could on those teams.

I find it sad that typically a player does not finish with the team that drafted him, that 5-6 teams dominate the league always, that it seems there is always a high turn over for owners and that means that teams could be moved rather easily, and that the all-star weekend means nothing cause it’s typically Heat/Celtics Vs Lakers/Spurs… it gets boring. A more competitive league means it will be more entertaining and less predictable, which means for me as a Celtics fan that after the Big 3 era I don’t have to worry about another 10 year drought. It could still happen but the likely hood, I believe, goes down if the talent is spread out and it’s more of a competitive league. What NFL fan isn’t happy that finally the Lions and Bills are legit threats? That the Eagles tried to do it the NBA-way and have failed so far? A big market team like the Cowboys can stink? It’s fun to watch the NFL, not so much with the NBA. Take notice Stern cause this is a more important decision than you may know, or maybe you do. A high-octane league with all-stars teaming up in 3’s to join one team may offer more ratings, when and if they actually face each other, but what of those other smaller teams? Who is watching them? Maybe you can hope that by all those big names joining forces will open doors for players on smaller teams to reach that level and soon every team will have multiple all-stars on them, hm, maybe.

I believe that Stern knows what he is doing, he is a smart man and hopefully can make this more fun to watch and not so dominated by the refs. The lock outs that have happened under his reign will tarnish his legacy but the outcome of this one I think will define just how much of an impact it makes, it could be a little side note or it could be the main story. It is not easy to run a league I could imagine and I would not want to be in the shoes of either of the commissioners but I can share my opinion on how to improve them, interjecting a fans point of view. So does the new CBA need to introduce a new NBA? Yes, unless it wants the ratings to stay the same as it is now, maybe even decline a little. Hey, I could be wrong but I think a competitive NBA is a good NBA.

How do I rate the NFL QB’s?

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Quarterbacks leveling off

Joe Flacco– How come, with some weapons that he had and has including the running game and the élite defense they have, is this team not elite? I still think Flacco has some potential but could very well head down the “slighty above average QB” path as well. Let’s just say this, I know they have Anquan Boldin but sometimes I forget, and he is a great talent. You put him on most other teams and his name would be tattooed on other teams Gameplans and NFL Network broadcasts. He has had some good games since I began this but I still feel he is leveling off.

Mark Sanchez- Starting to see that he is a game manager and not a game changer and with the weapons he has around him that is not what the Jets need but it is efficient and will win you some games, even some key ones… just maybe not the big one.

Philip Rivers- If he has the same weapons that some other QB’s have/had then he could go back to being on the rise. He doesn’t have much help with Gates and Matthews injury problems and one real receiver. You take away the original trade and put him in Mannings spot I think he’d be back to being on the rise if not élite and a few rings.

Eli Manning- Has a good group around him, young and talented and is becoming, somehow, prone to turn the ball over. He is good enough I think to get them to the playoffs most of the years he is starting but winning another Superbowl? I don’t know, if he turns his habits around and stops turning it over then yes and he could off higher on this list as well.

Jason Campbell- He lives on the this list and I think that this is what Sanchez will be. Good enough as a starting quarterback but don’t expect him to win you a Superbowl.

Matt Cassel– Chiefs are still young and have some decent pieces but Cassel is definitely not surrounded with the same amount of talent that he was when he stood in for Brady the season Tom was out. What would he be with established targets and the same running game he had with Weis?

Matt Hasselbeck- He is getting older and he was always more of an above average QB anyway. I never felt that he was going to win you a Super Bowl, however he did get you to one.

Rex Grossman- He is just too inconsistent and all over the place from week to week. It’s why he didn’t work out in Chicago, he did do good enough to get them to the Super Bowl but the real Rex showed up and they lost.

Charlie Whitehurst- I’m still not sure what he can do really. He was a back up for Rivers and Seattle traded for him and it was a good move for maybe they saw as the QB of the future but now he is already on the bench waiting for his moment behind Tavaras Jackson? That’s not a good sign.

Still rising, some barely not counting rookies

Matt Ryan- I still think that the only targets he has is White, Tony, and now Julio Jones and they definitely are better in this area than last season but his consistency and lack of wins on the road hold him down a little. Still progressing though and making some key plays and is starting to get Brady/Manning like at the line. Falcons however needs a defense to help him out a bit. He can manage the game, keep from turning it over and put points on the board but if the defense can’t stop anyone, you’re in trouble.

Matt Schaub– He is not surrounded by much but still seems to make the best of it. Johnson, the élite WR is his key and almost only target. Schaub could still get you to “the game” if he had some other talents around him. Tight ends seem good, Tate and Foster seem are  headed that way thus far so we’ll see. I think they are just too reliant on the monster known as Andre Johnson. I think you need another dynamic WR to help out Schaub and also help the passing game. It seems that if you take away Johnson, double him and make him a non-factor than you beat them, not good.

Ryan Fitzpatrick- He is making some no name receivers look good and that is what a QB should do. If he continues this the rest of this season and into the next who knows what ceiling he has, could be a hidden gem or just a fluke.

Sam Bradford- Doesn’t have a lot around him, or really anything besides Stephen Jackson. He has done well with what he has, the only real good target I believe has been Amendola. They get some others around him and Jackson stays healthy and he could be the next elite QB in the NFL that could bring the Rams back to the promise land.

Matthew Stafford- A few shoulder issues has me instantly thinking of Chad Pennington but Stafford if he can stay away from the IR has a higher ceiling especially with the talent around him.

Colt McCoy– The game that really opened up some eyes in the NFL was the game against the Patriots at least in my opinion. He has some decent pieces around him but it could be better I think. Get an elite WR and let Hillis continue to improve and now you have a great QB.

Michael Vick- Yes he is on this list and not the elite list. I must admit he is probably very close but playoff wins and a trip to the superbowl hold him back for me. He is in between great and elite and it is up to him to get to that coveted position. He has the tools to become a unique quarterback and the blueprint for what a scrambling quarterback is suppose to be, minus the jail time.

Josh Freeman- An up and comer in this league and can become the next Donovan McNabb if he keeps up the pace and the Bucs plays their cards right. The team has some young pieces at each position and has revamped the defense so we will see where they go from here. Blount is also a nice surprise, especially since they picked him up as most likely a back up and now he has turned into a good running back, which helps Freeman.

Kevin Kolb– Disappointing season thus far for Kolb but he is still on this list, barely but he still remains. I do believe that he is still getting down this system due to coming to the team late and I think when he does have it completely down, he’ll be very good but that is up to him.

Tim Tebow- Is only on the rising list cause he is not declining and not leveling off. This could very well go badly but not because of him, not completely anyway. The Broncos have no running game really and traded Brandon Lloyd the current number 1 receiver. Decker, Royal, Thomas and others are promising at WR but are still young and mostly unproven. Eddie Royal looked to have promise and was probably one of the main reasons why McDaniels felt comfortable enough trading Marshall, I bet drinking helped as well JUST KIDDING but anyway Royal did not come through after the trading of Brandon Marshall. What is with Denver and trading the only developed WR they have? Note to others on the depth chart, want off a losing team? Just become a known commodity and a viable receiver and you’ll be traded. Again, I’m kidding, trading Lloyd makes sense to me honestly and gives the young guys a chance to develop.

Alex Smith- Surprising that he is on this list cause of all of his earlier seasons but in Harboughs system he is shining which is to the 49ers benefit. He is becoming a good game manager and now it is up to him to keep it up and for now it is his job to lose.

Elite

Tom Brady
Peyton Manning
Drew Brees
Ben Roesthlisberger
Aaron Rodgers

Declining

Tony Romo– Seems to collapse in crunch time where even average QB’s are decent in. He plays paranoid, rushed and makes bad decisions during these times. His WR talent doesn’t help but QB’s, especially elite ones, are supposed to make no names look good. Anyone heard of Reche Caldwell before or after his season with the Patriots? No, but Brady made him look good. You have to think that if the Cowboys either don’t get into the playoffs or lose in the first round, are the Cowboys going to try to replace Tony? It’s not a crazy thought, and that’s why Romo is here.

Tavaris Jackson- Probably shouldn’t be starting anyway but his play with the Vikings pre-Favre was okay and had some potential but when showed what an elite QB could do with the same offense you saw why Vikings let him walk to Seattle. I think that he is just a bridge until Carroll can find his starter, maybe his name starts with a C? Pete is a smart coach I think, he’ll find his man, but I don’t think either are on this roster.

Jay Cutler- His lack of time, lack of talent surrounding him at all spots except RB could be the reason he is on this list. His whining in Denver didn’t help his reputation at all and neither did the injury during the playoffs last season. Give him some time and an elite receiver or two and maybe he jumps up to leveling off. I wonder what the Bears see in some of the WR’s they have, because I sure don’t see what they do. You give any QB time and some good receivers around him and he’ll give a chance to win, example Curtis Painter and the Colts. Orton did not do as bad as Cutler with the Bears, it’s almost as if both of these guys were better off where they were.

Carson Palmer- I just think that his issues with the Bengals and the owner Brown has made him look bad, even if he is right by doing it. He should know his owner is stubborn and honestly should just play. Now he has lost leverage since Dalton is playing well and the team is winning so even if he came back, he’d be #2 or 3 on the depth chart. Could also be ego driven and Palmer could be in the wrong. He has recently traded to the Raiders so hold your hats everyone, we’ll see if he goes up or down on the list.

David Garrard- Inconsistent and might be a decent game manager but I think he hit his ceiling already and is only the down side already, then again maybe Jacksonville didn’t give him the pieces to win with, but, I don’t see that as true. They haven’t had a good QB since Brunell and now are showing they are attracted to the same type of QB, was expecting them to go after Vince Young in the off-season. Gabbert is kind of the same type, but he is rookie, hard to judge him.

Kyle Orton- Can make the throws, put up the stat numbers but can’t seem to put points on the board. You can throw for 400 yards a game but if you end up with just 7 points by the end of the 4th, you did something wrong. Even in Josh McDaniels offense, which made Cassel look like Brady, he couldn’t stay consistent in the win column.

Donovan McNabb- At one time was one of the elite QB’s in the game and I do think that the Eagles squandered his prime years away with low quality talent at the WR position but you could see that after drafting Jackson and Maclin that McNabb already started to level off and now he has lost a step. Just got to wonder why Vikings didn’t resign Sidney Rice and give McNabb a better chance to go back in time but with Ponder waiting behind him he might just be a teacher/bridge.

Chad Henne- Came in with question marks this season and before his injury he was on the verge of getting sent to the bench, especially since his coach is most likely on the hot seat and now his season is over cause of a shoulder injury. Something that Dolphins fans are all too familiar with when talking about quarterbacks. So when next season starts where will Henne be? Miami? Or somewhere else either starting or backup? I guess his time is over starting in Miami unless he comes out of the gate next season during off-season and exhibition games and plays like the quarterback they thought they were getting.

Regardless of my opinion of these quarterbacks my analysis won’t change after just a game or two. It would have to take a few games playing at the same compete level and getting better with each game. At the beginning of the season, for example, I would bet that Ryan Fitzpatrick would have been on my declining or leveling off section but to my surprise he is getting better and now a part of the on the rise section after 3-4 games with great performances.

Next  elite QB’s?

So who is the next class since Brady and Manning are getting older. Who will step in and join that class?
Matt Ryan, Sam Bradford, maybe Philip Rivers.

Surprising move at Quarterback?

Cutler/Romo traded or benched. I would see Romo traded if Dallas felt he was not there man going forward just cause of his contract, that kind of money can’t just be sitting on your bench. Cutler, who in Denver was a borderline Franchise QB, most actually called him that, has not been able to duplicate such a label with the Bears and if he doesn’t improve they might just move on. I see them trying to trade Cutler if they don’t see him in their future plans but with so many teams with quality starting QB’s I’m not sure they’d find someone able to bite. It depends where Luck goes and what happens with other teams with question marks at QB.

Teams with QB issues

Miami Dolphins
Seattle Seahawks
San Fransisco 49ers- depending on how Smith develops this season
Denver Broncos- Just because the front office doesn’t believe in Tebow.

I think that some other teams are comfortable with who they have going forward, but might not have the Franchise Quarterback they want and one of two others have Quarterbacks who are doing very well but can they keep progressing? I will also mention that I wrote this list after Week 5 in the NFL and I have made a few changes on my thoughts and I will update them again soon. Any of the names on this list can go up or down depending on performance.