The NFL has a quarterback development problem and always has. The reason? Bad teams draft high and take quarterbacks. Bad teams get bad for a reason. Bad teams also play from behind, which usually means passing situations and hits on the quarterback. And a QUARTERBACK hit in the NFL is surer recipe for defeat than picking a fight with Thanos from Infinity War. And amazingly the NFL and all five teams that took quarterbacks have seen the light. The Browns, Jets, Bills, Cardinals, and Ravens all have veteran QUARTERBACKs who have started in this league. It appears that the league is figuring out it’s hard enough for a veteran signal caller to be on a bad team, let alone a rookie. Winning now and developing the player is a good combination!
Cleveland—yes, the Browns—set the tone when they used the first to draft Baker Mayfield and traded for Tyrod Taylor, who made the playoffs last year with the Buffalo Bills for the first time in 17 years. He is a steady hand and adult who does not do typical Browns’ quarterback things, like turn the ball over!!! In three years in New York, he had 51 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. If Baker Mayfield plays, it’ll be because Taylor is hurt, or the team wants him too. The NY Jets have needed a quarterback for 40 years and added Teddy Bridgewater to gamer Josh McCown. Sam Darnold can take a redshirt year, or the Jets could burn it. He will earn his supper.
The Buffalo Bills got a big-armed athlete in Josh Allen, who has also played in bad weather. Allen played in Wyoming and this might be the first Buffalo quarterback to view his new team as a weather upgrade. Ex-Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron is a veteran starter or tremendous insurance policy. Meanwhile, this writer’s favorite rookie quarterback—Josh Rosen—is blocked by the brittle Sam Bradford. And the Arizona offensive line, already a weakness, lost its starting center to a season ending injury. Finally, the one guy backing up a starting Superbowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco is former Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson. And due to his unique skill sets and abilities in a spread system, he could see playing time in some sub packages like the Wildcat. Jackson is maybe the best athlete on the Ravens. As a quarterback!!! The NFL might be figuring the quarterback dilemma out: DEPTH.