In no particular order here is a list of the remaining quarterbacks in 2019’s NFL Season; Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers. Seems a little off doesn’t it? There is no Brady, No Brees, No Manning, and No Rivers. In other words is it finally time to turn the page on some of the greatest QB’s of our generation? Let’s be honest here too Rodgers is not the same Rodgers. Yes they are the 2 seed and are a favorite to make the NFC championship game but this team is built around the running game and defense. This team is no longer “Rodgers” team and in my opinion he is a glorified game manager at this point in his career and with this particular team. Here are a few nuggets for you to chew on. 2019 Passing Yard rankings (Brady 7, Rodgers 11) Completion Percentage (Brady 27, Rodgers 21) Avg Per Attempt (Brady 27, Brees 10, Rodgers 17) Passing Yards per Game (Brees 8, Brady 13, Rodgers 16) QB Rating (Brady 19, Rodgers 12). Not exactly the days of old right? Had Brees played an entire season he would have ranked among the top 3 in probably each but that is with a historic season from his top weapon and yet another disappointing playoff exit.
So what about the new crop of QBs? Lamar Jackson is a no brainer MVP a year after another no brainer in Patrick Mahomes and as Brady and Brees in particular continue to rewrite the record books the stars of yesterday and their teams continue to either bow out early or fall flat. I am by no means brushing these greats aside and all of them are clearly still highly effective but at no time has it ever been more obvious that the hill is declining for these vets as the younger generation is just starting to scratch the surface of the peak. I would say the NFL is in great hands, I always think back to when MJ was retiring and at his last All Star game he made a speech while the younger generation was standing behind him and he said the next generation of the NBA is in great hands. The NFL can feel safe that they too are in great hands, hands that already include what people can say at this point are “veterans” such as Prescott, Wilson, Goff, Wentz, and Stafford. Over the next decade we will see Watson, Mahomes, Jackson, Allen, Murray, Jones, and potentially the likes of Mayfield and Darnold attempt to step up and grab the throne as the “Next”. The QB class of today’s game is special and can all make plays in a variety of ways and barring injuries we should see epic clashes and rivalries build as the page turns and we usher in the next chapter of the NFL.