We’re about a quarter of the way through the NFL season, and prognosticators are still trying to make sense of who the strong teams are and who the weak teams are. With the constant parity of the NFL, it’s hard to tell.
One way to tell a weak team is by the play they’re getting out of the quarterback position. The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and the strongest teams are always led by franchise quarterbacks.
As we get a quarter of the way into the season, let’s take a look at some teams that are thinking about making a switch (or would like to make a switch) at quarterback.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Here Comes Kenny Pickett
It’s easy to start with the team that has already made a switch at quarterback. Mitchell Trubisky was benched after the first half during the Steelers’ game against the Jets. The Steelers have started the season 1-3.
Through 4 games, Trubisky has not thrown for more than 250 yards and has 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions through 4 games. The Steeler faithful has high standards, and cannot tolerate this kind of quarterback performance for much longer.
Kenny Pickett, the rookie quarterback from the University of Pittsburgh, took over in the second half, completing 10 out of 13 passes for 120 yards, with 15 yards rushing. He scored two rushing touchdowns but threw three interceptions.
Mike Tomlin has not decided on a starter for Week 5 yet. It’s hard to see him going back to Trubisky, but we’ll have to wait and see this Sunday.
Carolina Panthers: No Sam Darnold Anytime Soon
Baker Mayfield has had a pretty tough couple of years. From getting pushed out of his starting role in Cleveland, to being traded for a fifth-round pick, many were hoping that all that adversity would light a fire under Baker and that he would bring a chip on his shoulder with him to Carolina.
We thought wrong. So far through the season, Baker has thrown for 747 yards through 4 games, with 4 TDs and 3 interceptions on the way to a 1-3 start for the Panthers.
Panthers fans would be eager to get him out of there, but backup Sam Darnold has a high ankle sprain that will keep him out for at least another week. Look for a QB change in Carolina – and maybe a coaching change too!
Indianapolis Colts: Matty Ice for Philly Special?
Matt Ryan joined the Colts after 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He hoped that he was joining a team with playoff-caliber talent and putting them over the edge. So far, that has not been the case.
The Colts are off to a 1-2-1 record, including being shut out by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s unlikely that we’ll see a change at quarterback – Matty Ice was the Colts’ big free agent move this offseason.
However, if Matty Ice’s play becomes too frustrating, Frank Reich does have the option of bringing in Nick Foles, Philly Special himself. Reich was Foles’ offensive coordinator when he brought the Philadelphia Eagles their only Super Bowl. Reich may need to generate some magic if things don’t turn around quickly in Indianapolis.
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