We have reached the summer months and now a lot of the actual views will begin to dry up for a little while with NFL teams and players. So it’s always great for debate when writers, TV Talking Heads, radio hosts and others stir up lists or rankings for debates. And CBSsports.com did that this weekend regarding each NFL division being ranked according to how good it’s four quarterbacks combined are?
First, as Wagner-McGough laid out in his criteria, he’s basing the stats only on last year, as well as. an overall snapshot of how good they have been in their career and he is also making a projection for 2019.
He does point out that it is not solely based on numbers and a lot of it is based on his opinion based off of what he’s seen in the results besides just the stats.
With that in mind he went in descending order with the AFC East (despite Tom Brady) ends up being the worst. A big part of that includes the Dolphins uncertainty as to whether veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick or second newly acquired QB Josh Rosen will be at the helm?
Likewise, in the AFC South the Jaguars have uncertainty with Nick Foles coming in at quarterback and Wagner McGough has the South as his fifth best projected division.
As for the NFC South, with Drew Brees having won a Super Bowl and both Matt Ryan and Cam Newton having quarterbacked in one, it’s easy to always go to them as the top division for QBs.
Here was CBS sports.com rationale for picking the South as a top division:
Drew Brees is a top-five quarterback right now and one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Matt Ryan is still underappreciated. It kinda flew under the radar that he threw for 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns, and seven interceptions last season. When healthy, Cam Newton is a top-10 quarterback and his stats from last season were significantly dampened by his shoulder injury, which prevented him from driving the ball downfield as the season wore on.
Jameis Winston is the worst quarterback of the group, but there’s a chance he could form a lethal combination with Bruce Arians and his deep-passing game. He’s likely to remain a flawed quarterback, but he’s the kind of flawed quarterback who can still post big numbers.
The NFC South is the only division with three legitimately great quarterbacks. That’s why the throne is theirs.
The Bucs are the only one of the four that have a new coaching staff and clearly, Arians has a chance to turn around Winston and the Bucs fortunes.
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