By Anthony Armstrong
For most NFL teams, you can immediately name the starting quarterback. Brady in New England, Rodgers in Green Bay or Wilson in Seattle. But after a high number of injuries to franchise quarterbacks, some lesser-known signal callers got the nod this past Sunday and for the coming weeks.
Cam is out in Carolina due to injury, so Kyle Allen got the start in his second season. Mason Rudolph is calling the shots in his second season with Big Ben down for the year due to elbow surgery, and Mustache Mishnew is running things since Nick Foles went out in the first quarter of the opening game.
In week three alone, there were 16 starters with less than five years of experience. The oldest includes Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. Two of which played in Super Bowls, and gotten paid – Dak is next to hit that jackpot and maybe play in the final game of the season.
Players entering their fourth season include Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, and Patrick Mahomes. One MVP in his first season starting is Mahomes, Watson has the ability to be the league’s MVP and Tribisky is working to replicate his 2018 performance.
Drop those guys and you have 10 (11 if you include Sam Darnold who has mono) who started in week three. One-third of the NFL’s starting quarterbacks are playing in their third season or less!
That points to a few revelations which we haven’t dealt with yet:
- We have to embrace the change that is coming to the league. When I was growing up it was Steve Young, Warren Moon, Troy Aikman. When I was playing, you had Donovan McNabb and Peyton Manning. Not all transitions are smooth to the heir apparent, but only time will tell.
- Player development and scouting have to be on point to make some of these moves. In some cases, you’d expect the team to make a move for a veteran but instead many are deciding to roll with who is on the roster – Mishnew and Rudolph
- A lot can change over the coming weeks. Some teams may decide to move forward with the young cats, and others may be looking to get in the Chase Lawerence or Tua sweepstakes.
It’s an exciting time for the NFL with so many changing faces leading these franchises. Who do you think will be leading their respective franchises for the next 10+ years?
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