Sunday, June 2, 2013

2013: Looking around the Division: QB

I had been trying to figure out exactly what to cover on here now that we are a month removed from the draft.  Clearly we have a while before the regular season starts.  We are not remotely close to figuring out who exactly is going to be on the 53 man roster, even though guessing can be fun.  So I want to take a look around the division and the depth charts from Rotoworld, to rank the different portions of each team, and rank them 1-4.  I am going to start with QB, work through the offense, and then finish with the defense.

4.  Minnesota Vikings

Their QB's are:
  1. Christian Ponder #7 (25, 6'2" 225 lbs)
  2. Matt Cassel #16 (31, 6'4" 230 lbs)
  3. McLeod Bethel-Thompson #4 (24, 6'4" 230 lbs)
  4. James Vandenburg #12 (23, 6'3" 212 lbs)
Believe it or not, But Matt Cassel has the top 2 passing yard seasons on this roster.  He also had a 27 TD-7 INT season with Kansas City in 2010.  Which is way better than Ponder's 18 TD-12 INT season last year.  Is anyone really sold that Ponder is going to be their long term solution at Quarterback? If he struggles their would be no surprise that Cassel would come in here and start for them.  Cassel is probably the best backup in the division, which tells you about the rest.  Ponder is the player that is going to need to step it up for the Vikings to have another successful season, because I would doubt that they make the playoffs again this season.

3.  Chicago Bears
  1. Jay Cutler #6 (30, 6'3" 220 lbs)
  2. Josh McCown #12 (33, 6'4" 213 lbs)
  3. Matt Blanchard #4 (24, 6'3" 225 lbs)
Despite Cutler's failure's with the Bears, I have seen him be a good quarterback before.  In his final season at Denver, he threw for over 4500 yards.  I think an inconsistency in coaches and an awful offensive line at Chicago has been a large portion as why he hasn't had the success he wanted in Chicago.  It was a tough decision for who to put dead last in the quarterback pool in our division.  All of them are 1st round draft picks.  All of them have been to the playoffs.  No one is horrible.  But Cutler IMO is slightly above Ponder, mainly because everyone knows Cutler will at least start this year, and has had more success, more playoff wins than Ponder.

2.  Detroit Lions
  1. Matthew Stafford #9 (25, 6'3" 232 lbs)
  2. Shaun Hill #14 (33, 6'3" 220 lbs)
  3. Kellen Moore #17 (23, 6'0" 197 lbs)
  4. Thaddeus Lewis (25, 6'2" 200 lbs)
Stafford has had about 5000 yards 2 seasons in a row.  16 300+ yard passing games in the last 2 seasons.  He had 41 touchdowns in 2011, which dropped to 20 last year.  He is a quarterback that I think most people in the league would want to have.  Probably similar to Philip Rivers earlier in his career.  He would be rated as a top 10 quarterback in the league, which is a difficult position to get to.  Stafford is a top talent, even with the Lions offensive line.  But Stafford clearly doesn't reach the heights of the next level of quarterback.

1.  Green Bay Packers
  1. Aaron Rodgers #12 (29, 6'2" 225 lbs)
  2. Graham Harrell #6 (28, 6'2" 215 lbs)
  3. B.J. Coleman #9 (24, 6'3" 231 lbs)
  4. Matt Brown #1 (22, 6'3" 225 lbs)
Rodgers of course is a top 3 quarterback in the NFL if not the very best.  2011 MVP, Super Bowl MVP.  170 TD-45 INT in 5 years as a starter.  Lowest completion percentage during those seasons is 63.6%, which was 2008.  Rodgers is just a stud.  There isn't too much that we can say about him.  Sometimes he holds onto the ball a little long, but our offensive line doesn't protect him the best either.  It would be my assumption that Coleman passes Harrell this offseason and Brown & Harrell don't make the team.

Total overall points

1. Green Bay Packers-4
2. Detroit Lions-3
3. Chicago Bears-2
4. Minnesota Vikings-1

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