Mar 14, 2008
With the bulk of free agency already behind us, I thought it was a good time to take a quick look at the quarterbacks for 2008. I haven’t studied the position in-depth just yet, but here’s an early look.
My initial conclusions on this position are easy to come by. It’s a solid group with a lot of quality, but it’s extremely top-heavy. After the top 10-15 guys, all viable starters this coming year, there’s a massive drop-off. Especially after the top-20 there are a ton of weak options, such as (alphabetically by team): Matt Leinart, Chris Redman, Steve McNair, Trent Edwards, Kyle Orton/Rex Grossman, Brodie Croyle, John Beck/Josh McCown, Tarvaris Jackson, Kellen Clemens, JeMarcus Russell, Alex Smith, and Jeff Garcia.
That said it certainly looks like securing one of the top QBs fairly early will go down as a prudent move in 2008. Here’s an early look.
- Tom Brady – His TD total will be down by 10+, and he’s still #1.
- Peyton Manning – Anyone ever notice how no one really analyzes Manning? He’s really been above that for a number of years.
- Tony Romo – Has proven he can do it now, and OC Jason Garrett has proven he can run an offensive machine.
- Drew Brees – Have to love the pass-happy approach, even though it won’t be quite as much in 2008.
- Carson Palmer – Obviously a high-end player and will likely be a nice value coming off so-so year.
- Derek Anderson – Still a little unproven and slumped down the stretch but the reasons to give him love are too compelling.
- Donovan McNabb – Not without downside, of course, but it was obvious the injury slowed him down and exposed his flaws earlier last year.
- Ben Roethlisberger – Took his game to the next level in 2007 and new OC was a hit.
- Marc Bulger – Some serious concerns of course, but a proven performer and O-Line already being rebuilt.
- Matt Schaub – Main concern is health. If on the field, has everything it takes and needs to put up nice numbers.
- Eli Manning – Should have the confidence to be more of a game-manager post-Championship.
- Matt Hasselbeck – Issues at WR a serious concern right now; could drop.
- David Garrard – Almost no downside if healthy, but also not much upside.
- Vince Young – Still has to show he can do it consistently or, for that matter, in general.
- Philip Rivers – Would crack the top-ten based on skills, talent around him, and late-season surge – but the gruesome memories of the early season linger.
- John Kitna – No Martz means he’s not even a great backup. But he does have a pair of quality and sizable wideouts.
- Jay Cutler – All of a sudden, this team has scores of issues on offense. A backup only.
- Jake Delhomme – Was on a major tear early last year, but it was still very early. Still an unpredictable player.
- Jason Campbell – Adjustment to the new system is a serious concern at this early stage.
- Aaron Rogers – Given the remaining players at the position and their skanktitude, I have no qualms listing the unproven Rogers this high.