Written By: @NFLfootballpolls
All these young fellas who can run a sub five second 40 yard dash and toss a football 70 yards effortlessly are all the rave. Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray and the list goes on. However, the veteran QBs whose time is running out deserve some appreciation and recognition. They were once young like these new kids. I think it’s time to catch up with the vets.
Philip Rivers, Colts QB
The longtime Chargers quarterback switched things up this year and went to Indianapolis in free agency. He’s done about average. Nothing exceptional, but he has had some good games. He loves passing to his tight ends and he’s still a fun older guy to have around who will definitely trash talk your favorite team. This may be his last year in the league. He was a nice one year plan for the Colts QB situation, but there’s more work needed.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB
I’d say Big Ben is enjoying himself this year. Believe it or not, the Steelers were the last undefeated team in the NFL as of week 11. Ben has been playing well, tossing a few touchdowns while leading Pittsburgh back from the trenches they’ve been in. Is he the reason they were undefeated? Not entirely, but it’s not like he’s doing nothing. I think Big Ben coming back gave a spark to this team. He’s surely doing better than Mason Rudolph or Devlin Hodges would. He has the weapons so it would only make sense for him to succeed. Can we see Roethlisberger win a ring as his career comes to a close?
Drew Brees, Saints QB
Drew hasn’t been having the best of luck in recent times. He’s still the team leader and on a contending team but honestly, he’s looked dull. He’s struggled to throw the football more than ten yards. His stats look good, but if you watch his gameplay you’ll realize that he’s getting old. The highlight of his season was leading the Saints to a statement win over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in week 9. He did look sharp that game, but that’s about it for me. I don’t think it is his last season, but I think it should be his last season.
Matthew Stafford, Lions QB
Matthew Stafford has been playing pretty well. He has a few weapons on the offense but I’d really like to see what he could do with more assets. A new coach and new offensive line would be great for him. Sadly, he likely won’t be a part of any rebuilding plan due to his age. His career hasn’t been totally wasted but he would’ve been better if he wasn’t on the Lions. What I think when I hear Matt Stafford: An absolute gunslinger who deserves better. The QB has some time left.
Matt Ryan, Falcons QB
Matty Ice has led the Falcons offense for a while. Sadly, he’s never won a Super Bowl, and it’s likely too late to win one. He’s been playing well. It’s hard not too with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, but he still hasn’t been playing at the elite status we’ve seen him play at. It makes sense of course, because he’s aging. He’s still throwing deep, throwing touchdowns, and leading the league in passing yards. His time’s running out, but he’s not done yet.
Tom Brady, Buccaneers QB
The best for last. Tom Brady has been playing at an elite level on his new team. Besides the beating the Buccaneers took from the Saints, (3-38 final score), Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have lived up to expectations. This is important for Tom. He has to prove that he can succeed without Belichick, and he’s surely doing so. He’s been having too much fun with the players on that offense and when you consider that he’s 43 years old and playing like this, it makes it even crazier. He isn’t staying in Tampa long term, but he’s living out his final years in the NFL. Oh, and if you had any doubt, he may just be the greatest of all time.