NFL Preseason Awards: Quarterbacks

It is that time of year. If you are like me, you sitting patiently waiting from the time basketball is over to the time football starts. No disrespect to my baseball fans, but if you are wondering why I never post baseball  stuff it is mainly because I don’t feel comfortable talking baseball yet. Still learning the ropes.

Football however, is another story. Over the next couple of weeks, we shall look at the players that we expect to have an exceptional year, players we expect to be most improved, and players we expect to fail. Why? Because we as a society love to see people fail. Today we start at the top, the quarterback position. I believe we all know who we expect to excel.

Who is a Lock:

Peyton Manning

Aside from the Superbowl, Manning played near perfect all season. In fact seeing how poorly his brother Eli played, it would seem like Peyton took all the Manning powers for the season only to give it back during the Superbowl.

The Denver Broncos went from an average offense to the number one offense in one season. Manning elevated the team to a level not seen in Denver since  John Elway  lead his team in the 90’s. The Broncos averaged 340 yards in the air a game. Manning is closing in on both of Brett Farve’s records for most passing yards and most touchdowns overall. Manning threw for 5477 yards and 55 touchdowns. That ish is straight bananas. If you are doing a fantasy league, look to take Manning early, because he puts up number in bunches.

There is no reason at the moment why the Broncos could not reach the Superbowl again. As long as Manning is at the helm, this team is always a favorite to win it all. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up in just about every category – I.Q, Arm Strength, and leadership. He is, for all intents and purposes, the best QB in the league and will continue the trend this season. Manning for President.

Who to Watch:

Jay Cutler

NFL: Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys

Okay hold your fanboy accusations. I juggled between Cutler and Cam Newton for a while. Let me explain before the eyes roll. Cam Newton may end up being a better quarterback than Jay Cutler. Newton has the physical abilities as Micheal Vick, yet throws like a Donavan McNabb. He is an interesting mix of player types and with the right pieces around him can easily become a top 5 offense. But at the moment he does not. He is going to have to work with what he has, and he currently does not have a lot.

Jay Cutler on the other hand has a plethora of  tools at his disposal. Let us acknowledge the fact that the Bears may have the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL with Alson Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. Lets also remember the fact that should Cutler stay healthy the bears could average 300 passing yards or more a game. The  Bears have worked extremely hard to repair an offensively offensive line. Not to mention key assets like Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett.

In other words, this season is going to make or break the legacy of Jay Cutler. This could be the season he steps up or he falls yet again. This time there will be nobody to blame but himself. Cutler has the tools to be the quarterback he has always been expected to be. Do not pass up on Cutler in fantasy football if he falls deep enough in your draft.

Who is Going to Flop:
It’s too easy

Tony Romo.

Dallas Cowboys v Washington Redskins

Is it mean to say that Tony Romo a poor man’s Jay Cutler? And Cutler is not even accomplished, so what does that tell you?

Romo gets a bad rep, but I personally believe parts of it are unfairly dropped into his lap.

His numbers are not terrible. Last season he had a passer rating of 97.1, threw for 3,828 yards and threw 31 touchdowns. That isn’t bad. The thing about Tony Romo is that for every step he takes his team to get a win, he does something in the game that takes them 5 steps back. Romo seems to make mistakes at the most inconvenient  times any they usually cost them in the long run. This seems to be the case every season. First 8 games they look like the team Jerry Jones builds them up to be. The second half of the season they choke like a team that is paid to tank.

It is the same story. Every. Single. Year.

This year will be no different. The Cowboys have a tough schedule this season, playing teams that will either expose them offensively or defensively or both. Romo is going to have to be clutch to pull his team from the annual 8- 8 record that they always seem to fall into but I do not see enough from the changes made this offseason for me to say that Romo is poised to do so. I expect yet another 8 -8 season. Sorry Tony.

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