5 NFL Teams That Need a New QB in 2014
NFL: 5 Teams Who Need a New QB for 2014
Without question, the most important position in sports is quarterback. They make decisions that impact the game on each and every play.
The quarterback position is as important as ever in the NFL right now. With astronomical passing stats being put up, there is no doubt that the league is fueled by the passing game. NFL teams must at least have a solid quarterback if they expect to compete. You can hide weaknesses at other positions, but it is nearly impossible to do so at QB.
There are currently many teams who need an upgrade at the position. Luckily, the upcoming draft class has a ton of interesting QB prospects.
Teddy Bridgewater leads the way. His impressive running and throwing ability will certainly make him a top three pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Brett Hundley are also very intriguing prospects who will probably go in the first round if they decide to declare for the draft. There are also impressive senior signal callers like Tajh Boyd, Zach Mettenberger, Aaron Murray, A.J. McCarron and Derek Carr who will all be tempting for QB needy teams. I think it is safe to say that this QB draft class is loaded.
There are plenty of teams who are struggling through the season with ugly quarterback play. In such a passing league, these teams almost have zero chance of becoming Super Bowl contenders until they address the position. Here are five teams who must find a new starting signal caller for the 2014 NFL season, or their woes will surely continue.
If the Cleveland Browns have learned anything this season, it is that Brandon Weeden is not the team's answer at QB. Weeden has struggled for a second consecutive season and a career as a backup appears to be in his future. Brian Hoyer was impressive before a knee injury ended his season, and Jason Campbell has been a nice stopgap option; but make no mistake, Cleveland will be in the market for a new QB this offseason, as they should be.
Matt Schaub has been a solid QB for the Houston Texans the past few seasons, but he has taken a significant step back this season. Case Keenum has looked good at times, but the ultra-aggressive undrafted free agent does not seem to have the skill set to be a solid option. The Texans have some nice talent and would be a very interesting team if they can find the right guy to be under center.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the most obvious team in need for a QB. Blaine Gabbert has been a disaster since Jacksonville took him with the 11th pick in the 2011 Draft. Chad Henne is a solid veteran backup, but there is no way that he will ever be the starting QB on a contending team. With their league-worst 1-9 record and obvious need for a new QB, the Jaguars are the current favorites for Bridgewater.
The Minnesota Vikings are another team that will clearly be in the market for a new starting quarterback. Christian Ponder has shown flashes, but he has not shown enough consistency to make the Vikings believe he is the answer. Matt Cassel is a nice veteran backup option, but he is far from a good starting QB. With a 2-8 record, the Vikings could also be contenders for Bridgewater, and if they miss out on him, Mariota would make a ton of sense as well.
Jake Locker has shown plenty of flashes for the Tennessee Titans, but I simply do not see his inconsistency improving. The Titans are probably the most likely team to stay put at QB on this list, but I strongly believe that they would be better off looking for another option. This is a talented team that could really take the next step in 2014, if they can find the right signal caller.