JGood’s QB List Entering 2017


I’m ranking the projected 32 starting quarterbacks entering the 2017 season. Obviously, parts of this list are debatable, but (I believe) this is the most accurate list to date.

Bottom of the Barrel

Bryce Petty

32) Bryce Petty – NY Jets
You have to start somewhere.

31) Jared Goff – LA Rams
Can’t wait to see what he’s made of.

30) Cody Kessler – Cleveland
It’s the Browns (future starting to look bright though).

29) Brian Hoyer – San Francisco
Somehow he finds his way on the field.

28) Tom Savage – Houston
We’ll see. He has a lot of weapons around him though.

27) Trevor Siemian – Denver
Not sure how long this will last, but he had some good moments last season.

26) Mike Glennon – Chicago
Hopefully, he’s mentally tough. He’s in a lose-lose situation.

Hot Seat

Blake Bortles

25) Blake Bortles – Jacksonville
He has more career pick-6’s (11) than career wins (10). Let that sink in.

24) Alex Smith – Kansas City
It’s not his first time on the hot season and won’t be the last.

23) Ryan Tannehill – Miami
Something has to give. He’s getting paid too much money to be this inconsistent.

22) Sam Bradford – Minnesota
Even though Teddy Bridgewater is still recovering from his injury, the Vikings gave up way too much to not make the playoffs.

21) Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo
The Bills Organization may not believe in Tyrod, but he has enough talent to keep them in games.

20) Joe Flacco – Baltimore
That Super Bowl win seems so far away…

Decent

Carson Wentz

19) Carson Wentz – Philadelphia
He should be higher on this list when the season is over.

18) Kirk Cousins – Washington
It’s Kirk Cousins or bust for Kirk Cousins. He won’t be back next year.

17) Eli Manning – NY Giants
Good Eli. Bad Eli. Ugly Eli. Which one will show up this year?

16) Carson Palmer – Arizona
Even though the offense is talent, the end may be near for him.

Promising

Dak Prescott

15) Dak Prescott – Dallas
Dak has given Dallas “hope” to end their two-decade Super Bowl drought.

14) Marcus Mariota – Tennessee
This offense should be fun to watch. He continues to get better.

13) Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay
He may end up in the top 10 by the end of the season. He has the potential to lead the Bucs into contention.

12) Andy Dalton – Cincinnati
Just needs to get it done in the playoffs.

Very Good

Andrew Luck

11) Andrew Luck – Indianapolis
He has the talent to be an elite quarterback (just needs an offensive line). He just needs to get it done.

10) Philip Rivers – LA Chargers
He has been consistent over his career but has yet to get over the hump.

9) Russell Wilson – Seattle
Russell has championship-pedigree. Will he be able to put it all together again is the question.

8) Cam Newton – Carolina
Overall, he’s possibly the hardest quarterback to bring down (even with that bad offensive line). He still has accuracy issues (misses high) but he’s still dangerous.

7) Matthew Stafford – Detroit
He proved that didn’t need Calvin Johnson to put up big time numbers. Just need the organization to change its culture.

6) Derek Carr – Oakland
He’s knocking on the door of elite status. He was having an MVP-caliber season before the season-ending leg injury. Expect big things from him and the Raiders.

Elite

Drew Brees

5) Drew Brees – New Orleans
He’s been so good for so long. Just wished their defense would’ve been better over the years.

4) Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh
His window is closing to get his 3rd Super Bowl title with his elite offense. Super Bowl or bust right now.

3) Matt Ryan – Atlanta
He finally put his skills and potential together last season and lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl. Will they get back to the big stage?

Crème De La Crème

Aaron Rodgers

2) Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay
“The human cheat code” is way too talented to only have one Super Bowl ring in his career. The window will be closed sooner than later.

1) Tom Brady – New England
I don’t know how much more he has in the tank at age 40, but until we show signs of him coming down to Earth, he’s the best.

Tom Brady

JGOOD

Katrina: 10 years later


Can you believe it’s been 10 years since one of the most catastrophic storms in this country’s history attacked New Orleans? The people that were affected knows first hand how it changed their lives. Rebuilding in the Big Easy has been difficult. Do you remember where you was at when this horrific event occurred? Do you remember the aftermath?

I remember I was at my grandmother’s house watching the coverage on television with my aunt and cousin.  It was the day before I started my senior year of high school. The only thing I remember seeing right before the storm was 4 people surfing in the background against towering waves. I was stuck thinking either the storm was not going to be as bad as advertised or… those people are idiots. Unfortunately, the people being idiots were accurate. Neighborhoods were drowning, cars looked like flotation devices, and homes were decapitated. People either left (some never came back), survived at the Superdome, or were taken by the hurricane. The citizens of NOLA were left hopeless for days without assistance from the government. There were people saying that New Orleans is a wasteland… just leave it be… there’s no hope.

The city of New Orleans was in for a long road to recovery. They were getting help from many charities. These people were trying to rebuild their lives one day at a time. One of the cornerstones to redemption for the city came a few months later in 2006. The New Orleans Saints signed Drew Brees.

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He was coming off a serious shoulder injury. The San Diego Chargers decided not to have negotiations with him after drafting Philip Rivers a year prior. The city needed a hero and Brees had something to prove. The things that Drew Brees has been able to accomplished during his tenure in the Big Easy has been untouchable. He has the highest completion percentage in NFL history. He also have the most 5,000 yard seasons in league history; most consecutive seasons with at least 4,000 yards (9); most consecutive games with a touchdown (54)…

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His biggest achievement was winning Superbowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts in 2009. That was probably the most meaningful Superbowl for any team in the past decade. The city rejoiced in emotion over what Drew and the Saints were able to achieve. Drew Brees has also started a charity to help relinquish New Orleans. He was everything that the city needed and more.

I went to visit New Orleans this past May and it was an incredible experience. From the music, the food, the buildings, the vibe… it is a place that’s incomparable. Check the link for some videos of my trip below:

New Orleans Bourbon Street

New Orleans French Quarter

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There are still some areas in New Orleans that has been revitalized from Katrina, but their culture hasn’t flinched. New Orleans is still around. That city has shown it’s ability to be resilient over the past decade. NOLA will continue to get back to it’s stature of being the heart of Southern Culture, one day at a time.

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JGood