This article will be based off of how all 32 quarter back did in the 2018 season and what they will do in the upcoming season of 2019. Despite the Patriots winning the Superbowl last year, there are teams that are up and coming that will contend.
NFL QB Power Rankings
(Elite QBs; best MVP candidates to either rookies or non-elite)
- Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs – The reigning MVP is seeing some personnel change around him, but his play last season has proved how much he can elevate his backs, receivers and tight ends. He has raised the standard for all young guns coming into the league.
- Aaron Rodgers, Packers- which is my favorite quarterback and a part of my favorite team, Rodgers is due for a durable, MVP-like season, and he will feel rejuvenated with new, offensive-minded coach in Matt LaFleur letting him loose with a versatile receiving corps. LaFleur also will use the Green Bay’s strengths up front and in the backfield to full advantage.
- Tom Brady, Patriots- No to matter how one measures his play, Tom Brady was “only” superhuman last season, showing mild decline at age 41. Brady will be getting used to life without Rob Gronkowski in 2019 and leaning a little more on the run , but it is hard to rank him any lower until he retires.
- Drew Brees, Saints- Brees was right there with Mahomes and Brady in the MVP conversation last season, and he is one of those legends many will grow to appreciate more years down the road when they look back on how prolific he was. Now at 40, Brees in a couple years could even become known as a better age-definer than Brady is now and also the Saints have a chance to redeem themselves after 2 years of bad omens in the playoffs.
- Russell Wilson, Seahawks– Wilson has had a roller-coaster off season, first getting his big contract and them losing his longtime go-to guy, Doug Baldwin. But here is a QB who consistently puts his team on his back, right arm and legs. Wilson will need to do even more of that in 2019.
- Andrew Luck, Colts– With his shoulder fully mended, his offensive line now a wall and his immersion into a passing game that maximizes his intelligence complete, Luck is back as the QB everyone knew was can’t miss, mental and physical specimen for the position
- Philip Rivers, Chargers- In the 2018 season, Rivers looked as if he was a younger version of himself at 37. His past two season have stellar under head coach, Anthony Lynn. They look forward to keep this stellar play going in 2019
- Matt Ryan, Falcons– Ryan’s MVP year in 2016 was written off as a late-career anomaly when he struggles under Steve Sarkisian the very nest season. In 2018, Ryan quietly rounded back back into that form with similar numbers. Now with a familiar coordinator in Dirk Koetter, expect Ryan to look more comfortable in the pocket.
- Baker Mayfield, Browns– Look for this team to be a sleeper. They have so much talent on defense and certainly on offense after acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. in the trade from the New York Giants. Look for Baker to have a field day with the weapons he has on the field this season.
- Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers– With 2 biggest losses this offseason, the Steelers will have to do without Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell who will be future HOF’s. However, after having a good draft, the Steelers look to prove they still are the team to beat in the AFC north.
- Carson Wentz, Eagles- Physical and athletic freak in Wentz who got strong MVP consideration in his second season before his knee injury, would be ranked higher if not for concerns about his durability going into Year 4. He has a good chance to quickly change that narrative this season. The Eagles no longer have a good backup plan, and they are investing more in Wentz’s playmakers and protection.
- Jared Goff, Rams- The notion that Goff is a system QB is not an insult; he should not apologize for his coach tailoring an offense to his strengths and allowing him to operate with the best wide receiver trio in the NFL. Goff proved last year that he can get the job done even when other parts of the offense are not working. It just comes with more streakiness than consistency. Just in the big moment, he must play better.
- Deshaun Watson, Texans- Considering Watson has been running for his life behind what have been some of the NFL’s worst pass-protecting lines, he has done well to survive and find ways to make plays. With the Texans’ investments at tackle and with better overall health among his targets, Watson in 2019 should have his best passing season yet, with less dependency on scrambling at the first sign of trouble.
- Dak Prescott, Cowboys – Prescott dazzled as a rookie in 2016 and slumped as a sophomore in 2017. Last season, he was closer to his rookie form in a year that largely landed between both extremes. Prescott got hot in the second half of the season once he clicked with new No. 1 wideout Amari Cooper, creating a trickle-down effect that should continue with more legitimate overall weapons in 2019.
- Mitchell Trubisky, Bears- Trubisky felt the free-wheeling groove in Matt Nagy’s offense last season, and he compensated for the passing lumps he took with fearless running and smart, short-to-intermediate distributing to an array of targets. For Chicago to go further in the playoffs, its QB will need to show more confidence.
- Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers – Jimmy G was a tough QB to rank coming off a torn ACL, but before he was injured last September, he showed signs of his ability to light up a defense. He returns to a more loaded offense with Tevin Coleman, Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd adding to Dante Pettis, George Kittle, Marquise Goodwin and Jerick McKinnon. Expect Garoppolo to pick up where he left off (and then some) in his true Year 2 under coach Kyle Shanahan.
- Matthew Stafford, Lions – Rumors have suggested Detroit recently thought about replacing Stafford and/or is thinking about replacing him in the near future. The Lions finally have succeeded with reigning in the high-volume gunslinger as they have shifted toward a more run-oriented offense. Stafford will continue to miss Golden Tate, but he will appreciate how a player like T.J. Hockenson can help relieve pressure.
- Kirk Cousins, Vikings – Cousins was another tough QB to rank, but his first season in Minnesota was not nearly the expensive bust it has been made out to be. With no reliable protection, a lack of a key third target and more coaching-staff changes, for Cousins to bounce back in 2019, he needs to connect with big plays downfield more consistently and cut down on the ill-timed mistakes.
- Cam Newton, Panthers- Newton is entering the 2019 season with concerns about his throwing shoulder and coming off a season he was not healthy enough to finish. Given the current landscape of QBs in the NFL, the 2015 league MVP being ranked in the middle of the pack is not disrespect; it’s reality. Last season, Newton did improve from 2017 with a better completion percentage and yards per attempt, but he still ranked No. 17 in passer rating (20th in ESPN’s QBR and 23rd in Pro Football Focus’ QB grades). In 2019, with offensive coordinator Norv Turner having the desired running game down with Christian McCaffrey, Newton will benefit from D.J. Moore and his other quick weapons in the downfield-passing aspect of the offense.
- Jameis Winston, Buccaneers – It was tempting to rank Winston higher just because Bruce Arians seems like a coach who can get the best out of the QB. But Winston got toggled with Ryan Fitzpatrick last season because he kept committing turnovers with sloppy passing, enough for the Bucs to think about starting over at QB in 2020. Winston was supposed to be a can’t-miss QB as the No. 1 overall pick in 2015, but it’s now or never for him to tap into his potential. If anyone can turn Winston into a Big Ben clone, it should be Arians.
- Marcus Mariota, Titans – Here is another frustrating QB to rank. Mariota has been through the wringer with offensive schemers, and health has not been on his side. Neither has game-planning in one of the league’s most run-heavy offenses. Tennessee has invested more in his targets with wide receivers Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown to complement Corey Davis. We can’t totally believe in Mariota until we see him respond.
- Sam Darnold, Jets – Darnold last season had an underrated receiving corps with Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Chris Herndon, and now has the ultimate backfield outlet in Le’Veon Bell. He is the kind of smart, pro-style passer new coach Adam Gase can mold.
- Lamar Jackson, Ravens – Jackson was trying to figure things out as a passer last season, yet he still managed to lead Baltimore to a division title. The drafting of Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin suggests the Ravens are OK letting Jackson throw more downfield without curbing his special athleticism.
- Nick Foles, Jaguars – Foles has had success in Philadelphia, but it’s been a different story elsewhere in his seven-year career. There are some favorable elements for him in Jacksonville, but many of those are rooted in the running game and defense.
- Josh Allen, Bills – Allen last season put up some pleasing fantasy stats because he produced while running with reckless abandon, adding some big plays with his big arm later in his rookie year. There is plenty of style in Allen’s game; now we will see if there’s Year 2 substance behind Buffalo’s dedication to improving the offensive line and making both the backfield and receiving corps deeper.
- Andy Dalton, Bengals – Dalton gets an extension of his starting status in Cincinnati with Zac Taylor giving the offense a fresh, wide-open look. The Bengals hope that development, plus a good supporting skill cast, can push Dalton closer to his ceiling. But that’s still pretty low in relation to the QBs above; Dalton remains a dependent QB regardless
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins – The Fitzmagic was rediscovered for stretches in Tampa Bay, where the Buccaneers simply let him chuck the ball all over the field for Dirk Koetter and Todd Monken. The streaky, well-traveled veteran is bound to return to more journeyman fill-in status in a different offense, where he will face challenges to keep his bridge gig ahead of Josh Rosen.
- Derek Carr, Raiders – Coach Jon Gruden is sticking with Carr, hoping for big changes to the receiving corps (Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow) and a promising rookie feature back (Josh Jacobs) can smooth out the QB’s recent bumpy ride. In trying to live up to his big contract, Carr’s lack of consistency in accuracy and decision-making has let him down.
- Eli Manning, Giants – Manning’s deteriorating physical skills are evident. He is keeping the job for now because he is an established leader for the Giants’ gradual transition to Daniel Jones, for whom Manning is the ideal mentor.
- Joe Flacco, Broncos – Flacco’s big arm is not as booming anymore. He will need to come through more with the mental aspects of his game to contribute effectively as a bridge QB in an offense built around its running game. He will feel the heat of Drew Lock as the battle continues and to keep the pocket warm for the rookie.
- Kyler Murray, Cardinals – Coach Kliff Kingsbury promises not to hold back the offense for Murray, looking to stretch the field both vertically and horizontally. Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, David Johnson, Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler give Murray favorable targets on every level to make that happen. The trick will be Murray harnessing his electricity to match a higher degree of difficulty in the NFL.
- Dwayne Haskins, Redskins – Haskins needs to prove he does not have happy feet in the pocket, but rather the presence to stand tall and deliver strong, accurate throws while under pressure. Physically and arm-wise, he is ready to play soon. He also will be able to get revenge on the New York Giants for not drafting him.
This is going to be an interesting year of football. To see the new talent coming wanting to prove their critics wrong and the veterans to continue their legacy. The 2019 season is going to be fun to watch!