I was gonna hold off on putting this list together until after Week 4, but then quarterbacks started sustaining more injuries than Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern trying to break into Macaulay Culkin’s house.
So we are going with a beta run of, how I see the top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL right now. Right now as in I don’t care what they have accomplished in the past. The slate was cleared as they entered the 2019 season and to the best of my abilities, I will only be reacted to on the field play in the first 2 weeks of NFL action.
But how did I come up with this list?
Good question. As annoyed as I am of saying this and I am sure anyone who knows me or has followed Forward Pass Thinking is sick of me saying this I WATCH EVERY SNAP FROM EVERY GAME. There I said it again ARE YOU HAPPY?!
I take notes while watching these snaps and then look at Pro Football Focus‘ grades, ESPN’s QBR and rankings from various websites and think about where these other lists have gotten it right or wrong and then I condense my notes into little summaries for each player.
Sound good? Good! Let’s get to the list… But first, if you don’t like my top 5 tweet me sarcastic things that read like complement at @JondersFPT.
I assume playing quarterback in the NFL is extremely hard. But you might think differently when watching the artist currently known as Patrick Mahomes. Coming off of his dream of a sophomore season which ended with Paul Rudd handing young Patrick Mahomes the MVP. He has started his junior year (or third year?) without missing a beat. Or most of his targets, unless he is trying one of his patented no-look passes to his favorite tight end Travis Kelce in the endzone in Jacksonville. It doesn’t matter who you surround the young signal-caller with; Tyreek Hill goes down? No problem. Sammy Watkins is a bust? Not when Mahomes is throwing him the ball. The Chiefs lose Hunt in the offseason doesn’t matter.
Patrick Mahomes is the gold standard of NFL quarterbacks. He isn’t the second coming of great quarterbacks from yesteryear, no, he is the future. The first coming.
It is Patrick Mahomes' world, the rest of us are just paying rent.
I’m sure Tom Brady would take umbrage with that last line in the Patrick Mahomes write up. He would have a pretty good point. Brady is coming off of his 6th Super Bowl win and beat Mahomes in the AFC Championship game. I watched it, I even made this tweet with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston reading poetry over it. But If you read the lead to this you would know that everything is thrown out except for the first two weeks of this season.
I can get into a whole thing where I talk about how it’s hard to put Brady this high because he played a Division One team last week in Miami but instead, I would like to focus on a singular play from the Week One shellacking the Patriots gave to the Steelers.
Late in the third quarter, up by 24, Brady sees that his wideout, Gordon, has a linebacker on him. Brady drops back, buys time, climbs the pocket as it is falling apart steps into a hit with garbage around his feet and delivers the perfect ball some 40 yards downfield.
All this to say, Brady is still a bad man. Fear him, respect him, love him. The GOAT.
I would like to say I saw this coming but then I would be a liar. I like to think I held onto the Dak bandwagon as long as possible but I fell off last year only to be proven a fool this year. It’s a little hard to evaluate Prescott with the two teams he has faced this year being the Giants and Orangeskins (It won’t get any easier next week when he sees what is left of the Miami Dolphins.)
But maybe this is the story of a former quarterback Kellen Moore. Kellen Moore’s short tenure as the offensive play-caller in Dallas has been a welcomed one by fans. Kellen Moore is able to help Prescott get better looks and give him a chance to shine but like Goff in LA Prescott is still pulling the trigger and he has been graded through two weeks with Pro Football Focus’ highest quarterback grade and has been an absolute steal in fantasy leagues. Prescott’s play makes me wonder if Uncle Jerry didn’t see this coming when he made his “Zeke who?” comment.
Sadly for Russell Wilson, it appears that his offensive line that took a step forward in 2018 has taken (at least) two steps backward in 2019. This hasn’t impacted Russell the way it would have on a lesser passer though, in fact, Wilson in year seven of his career is still learning new tricks. As a passer Wilson is known for holding on to the ball for a lifetime and either creating magic or creating sacks for himself, the story might be different this year though as on average Wilson threw the ball 1.89 seconds after receiving the snap on Sunday against Pittsburgh. According to NFL.com’s Next Gen Stats that is the quickest average time to pass when a quarterback had more than 30 attempts since Next Gen Stats' inception.
The thought of Russell Wilson improving should be more than enough to terrify the rest of the NFL.
The NFL doesn’t hand out moral victories but I am not the NFL. After engineering an impressive comeback in our nation’s original capital against the team that’s geographical affiliate is our current capital Wentz put on a show in front of Al, Cris, and Michele and the rest of the world on Sunday Night Football. All culminating in this incredible pass where his knee hovers above the ground as he is being tackled while throwing a rope downfield.
Is it 3rd and 9? Do you need a big play? Call Carson Wentz and relax.