We’re still over a week away from the Eagles and Falcons kicking off the 2018 campaign, so naturally we’ve got our eyes peeled for anything juicy to hit the internet. Jaguars All-Pro Cornerback Jalen Ramsey just delivered.
In an interview with GQ magazine, Ramsey sounded off on many of the NFL’s starting Quarterbacks, offering his praise to players like Drew Brees whom he admires, and throwing shade to players he thinks stink. He even went as far as saying Tom Brady, the league MVP and five-time Super Bowl champion, “doesn’t suck”. Here’s a link to the full interview.
But this is a sports blog, therefore I’m going to offer up my humble opinion on each of these Quarterbacks in contrast to Jalen Ramsey’s, a professional athlete who’s been studying the game most of his life. First, we’ll show the list of QBs stack-ranked according to Ramsey’s trash talk. Then we’ll rank them ourselves according to how good we expect them to be this season. That part’s important in cases where a player missed last season due to injury (Andrew Luck), or was still playing college ball (Josh Allen). Here we go.
- Drew Brees – “Really good”
- Aaron Rodgers – “Does not suck”
- Tom Brady – “Doesn’t suck”
- Deshaun Watson – “He’ll be league MVP in a couple years”
- Carson Wentz – “It’s gonna be them two [with Deshaun Watson]”
- Marcus Mariota – “A great QB”
- Kirk Cousins – “I think he’s good”
- Russell Wilson – “I think Russell Wilson is good”
- Nick Foles – Good enough to win them a super bowl
- Derek Carr – “I think he’s good”
- Philip Rivers – “I think he’s pretty good”
- Matt Stafford – “He’s straight”
- Tyrod Taylor – “Does not make mistakes”
- Blake Bortles – “We should have trusted him more to keep throwing it”
- Jared Goff – “Average to above average”
- Jimmy Garoppolo – Beat us with schemes
- Baker Mayfield – “Confident, get out the pocket, throw on the run, big plays, charisma”
- Lamar Jackson – “I think he’s gonna do a good job”
- Ben Roethlisberger – “Decent at best”
- Eli Manning – “It’s all Odell”
- Ryan Tannehill – “I don’t know much about him”
- Matt Ryan – “Overrated”
- Andrew Luck – “I don’t really think he’s that good
- Joe Flacco – “Flacco sucks”
- Josh Allen – “Is trash”
There’s no doubt Jalen Ramsey knows more about football in one shoe than I do in my entire body, but the idea that Ben Roethlisberger, a guy with 51,000 career passing yards and 329 touchdowns, should be placed BELOW Blake Bortles is insane. Let me have a stab at this.
- Aaron Rodgers – Pinpoint accuracy on the run, makes NFL quarterbacking look easy.
- Tom Brady – He’s the GOAT, he’s got five freaking Super Bowl rings, and he posted the 3rd-highest QBR (102.8) at the age of 40.
- Drew Brees – Led the league in completion percentage (72%) AND yards per pass (8.1).
- Ben Roethlisberger – Does not suck. Takes a beating evading edge-rushers yet delivers one hell of a deep ball.
- Russell Wilson – Kept Seattle afloat despite a 23rd-ranked ground game and a bottom-5 offensive line.
- Carson Wentz – First in QBR, first in Points Added according to ESPN.
- Andrew Luck – Carried a below average roster to three straight 11-5 seasons. He suffered a lacerated kidney, he gets a year off.
- Matt Ryan – Did he benefit from Kyle Shanahan’s magical scheming? Sure. Still led Atlanta to 6th in yards per play (5.8) during a SB hangover season with a stiff at OC.
- Philip Rivers – Underrated trash talker. Hilarious memes.
- Kirk Cousins – Hard to see Minnesota in the Super Bowl if they don’t fix their offensive line (28th according to Football Outsiders).
- Deshaun Watson – I’m in wait-and-see mode with Watson. Loved his rookie season, worried about durability after a non-contact ACL tear.
- Derek Carr – Shockingly doesn’t have a 4,000 yard season to his name.
- Matt Stafford – How good is Matt Stafford if he’s playing for McVay’s offense? Let’s hope Patricia can elevate his play.
- Cam Newton – Don’t underestimate the impact of his running ability. 5.2 career yards per carry for 4,320 total. 4th and goal here we go.
- Jimmy Garoppolo – Makes good life decisions.
- Dak Prescott – Average arm, solid decision-maker, fantastic leader for a chaotic franchise.
- Sam Bradford – Made of glass.
- Marcus Mariota – Hasn’t played a full season to date. Let’s see what this coaching change does for his growth.
- Jared Goff – He’s a shell corporation. Numbers look great, but not so great once you dig below the surface. Credit to McVay for the progression.
- Joe Flacco – Underrated clutch playoff performer. Don’t believe me? 25 TDs, 10 INTs, and 7.2 yards per attempt in postseason play. Elite numbers if you ask me.
- Tyrod Taylor – The ultimate Game Manager. Doesn’t push the ball down the field. 18th in intended air yards (IAY).
- Ryan Tannehill – Would take him over every single rookie QB for the next two seasons, but lower ceiling.
- Eli Manning – Could be poised for a Super Bowl run, could be out of the league in two years.
- Lamar Jackson – Looks unready for the pro game, completing just 41.9% of his passes against backups.
- Josh Allen – Will sit next to Ryan Mallett on a list of strong arms that couldn’t play the position worth a damn.
Tell me where I’m way off
The first 6 of my list are fairly vanilla. My guess is most of you have a problem with Andrew Luck at 7 (too high), Deshaun Watson at 11 (too low), or maybe you think Joe Flacco shouldn’t be on this list at all. Where am I wrong? In the comments, feel free to tell me which player I’m most wrong on and I’ll address it on this Wednesday’s edition of the Wager Vision podcast (11pm eastern, by the way).