Five NFL teams in need of a new quarterback
Five NFL teams in need of a new quarterback
Any football fan will tell you that the quarterback is the most important position on the field. He is the one person who has the most ability to dictate whether or not the team ultimately wins or loses. Additionally, the play of the quarterback can either make or break a franchise. Without someone smart and talented running the team on offense, teams will rarely find what it takes to ultimately win championships.
Just look at the the Super Bowl Champions over the last decade: the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Indianapolis Colts. These teams all have one thing in common: strong quarterbacks who had what it takes to make their teams elite.
Despite the success this season of rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin, III, the talent level at the quarterback position seems to have been down over the past several years. It's becoming more and more difficult to find the next Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Drew Brees.
As a result, we are seeing several NFL teams struggle behind mediocre and even poor quarterback play. There are several teams that are desperately in need of a new start at this position.
Which teams are most in need of a new on-the-field general? That's certainly up for debate, but here is Rant Sports latest list of five NFL teams that are in need of a fresh start under center. Click the arrows or "NEXT" above to begin the slideshow.
Kansas City Chiefs
One of the most obvious teams in need of a new quarterback is the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the season, Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn have been sharing the load leading the 2-10 Kansas City Chiefs, yet neither appears to be the long-term answer for the team. Combined, the two have thrown eight touchdowns and sixteen interceptions. Together, they are completing less than 60% of their passes. Though the Chiefs have issues that extend far beyond the quarterback, if the team ever hopes to rebuild, they need to do it behind a talented player who can come in and make an immediate difference. Unfortunately, Cassel and Quinn have shown that neither has what it takes to turn the Chiefs into a winning team.
The Cardinals have had an on-going quarterback carousel this season. Neither Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, or Ryan Lindley are getting it done for the struggling team. The three of them have completed just 55% of their passes and thrown a total of 10 touchdowns to 13 interception. Again, the Cardinals have their share of issues which go beyond who is lining up under center, but like the Chiefs, they won't be able to turn things around until they bring in someone that they can count on for the long haul.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are simply an all-around bad football team. With Blaine Gabbert declared out for the season, Chad Henne will take over as the starting quarterback. Prior to the injury, however, Gabbert continued to struggle in his second season in the league with turning the ball over. Henne, who has done a decent job in his few appearances this season yet has more interceptions than touchdowns in his five-year NFL career, hasn't shown that he is the guy that can help turn the team around either.
Again, while the team is in shambles from top to bottom, finding a solid quarterback that can come in and win now could help turn things around.
New York Jets
The New York Jets were the talk of the off-season when the team signed Tim Tebow. From the get-go, many could predict that bringing in someone as popular as Tebow to join Sanchez was trouble waiting to happen. As expected, that has indeed proven to be the case.
Sanchez, who has had a very poor season, was finally pulled last weekend for Greg McElroy (Tebow was inactive for the game). Though Tebow and McElroy have not had much of a chance to show what they can do with the Jets, I am not certain that either are the long-term answer. Tebow is simply not ever going to be your traditional quarterback and McElroy, while he could end up being a starter someday, is certainly a project that would benefit from learning under a seasoned veteran, which the Jets don't have. The position is in such disarray, that it would be best for the Jets to start over. They need to find someone that can win now.
You may be surprised to see the Buffalo Bills on this list as last October they signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a six-year, $59 million contract extension. To be fair, Fitzpatrick isn't a bad quarterback; the problem is that he isn't a great quarterback either--at least on a consistent basis.
The one thing holding this talented team back right now is average play from under center. Fitzpatrick is a smart quarterback who does many things well, but he is in his eighth season and hasn't show that he can get the Bills over the hump. When you are competing in a division with Tom Brady, you have to have a consistently great quarterback. While I think the Bills will continue to stick with Fitzpatrick, I don't think they will be serious competition for the Patriots until they find an elite quarterback of their own.