A veteran quarterback is the heart of any NFL team, so when a team does poorly, it seems to be a habit for fans to blame the quarterback. Sometimes it is unwarranted; however, there comes a time when a team needs to move on from their franchise quarterback.
This season there are more than average amount of teams that need to move on from there head play caller. Some teams just need to replace the one player, and other teams need to do complete rebuilds. Either way, these situations call for moving on from their teams seasoned veteran.
New York Giants
The New York Giants have started off the season to an abysmal 0-5 start. They went from a team that had hoped to be in the hunt during the postseason to a team that is looking for any kind of offensive identity.
Eli Manning has already thrown five interceptions and has been sacked 13 times. To add on to their misery, they lost their top three wide receivers to injury this Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. With a running game that ranks 30th, the Giants are one of the worst offenses in the league.
With all of the injuries and molasses-like movement of the offense, the Giants are in dire need of a rebuild. Unfortunately, this requires them getting rid of their two time SuperBowl winning quarterback. The Giants need to change their identity altogether, and that cannot be with a thirty-six-year-old quarterback. With how things are going now not only will Eli Manning be shown the door in New York but Ben McAdoo will be gone as well.
Another team that will have to get rid of their two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback will be the Pittsburgh Steelers. If last week’s game against the Jaguars has shown me anything, it’s that Ben Roethlisberger’s age and past injuries are catching up to the longtime Steeler.
Although the Steelers are 3-2 and in first place in the AFC North, Roethlisberger has looked terrible in all five games this season. Roethlisberger has thrown seven interceptions and only six touchdowns. The Steelers are in a unique position; they have a playoff ready offense and a solid defense.
The Steelers will most likely not have to make the first move because Roethlisberger has hinted at retiring after this season. His possible retirement makes it even more urgent for the Steelers to find a replacement after this season.
The next team that has to move on from their franchise quarterback is the Arizona Cardinals. This is a controversial pick because Carson Palmer is second in the league in passing with 1573 yards. Cardinals are in third place in the NFC West, and Carson Palmer only has six passing touchdowns with six turnovers.
Arizona is one of those teams with great young talent and aging veterans who seem to get in the way. David Johnson was one of the top running backs in the League last year but had a season-ending injury in the first game this season. Without David Johnson, the majority of the pressure on Arizona’s offense has fallen to Carson Palmer.
The main problem with Palmer is that he lacks mobility and does not have the arm strength he did 15 years ago when he entered the NFL. Palmer is not the reason why Arizona is doing poorly this year. However, he is no longer Dynamic enough to be a game changer for them. That is why I believe Arizona should take a QB in the 2018 NFL draft. A new younger QB could be an excellent fit for the future of the Cardinals.
The last franchise quarterback that I believe needs to move on is Andy Dalton. The Cincinnati Bengals are two and three and are third place in the AFC North.
The Bengals have a stout defense and are second in the NFL for least amount of points given up per game. However the Bengals offense is horrid, they are 28th in rushing yards and have more turnovers than touchdowns.
Andy Dalton has eight turnovers to his seven touchdowns and has a QBR of 39.3. The Bangles have not won a playoff game since Andy Dalton has taken over and it doesn’t seem like he is going to anytime soon.
Cincinnati needs a change and its head coach, and it’s quarterback, if they do not I’m afraid that the Bengals will remain in football purgatory.