With the NFL season set to kickoff in one week from now, most teams have named a starting quarterback. Everyone talks about who are the top 10 quarterbacks are in the league. Since that’s the case, who are the worst top 10 starting quarterbacks entering the 2018 NFL season?
10. Case Keenum, Denver Broncos: Keenum improved a lot last season under Pat Shurmur with the Minnesota Vikings, but Case Keenum has his flaws. He is good in the pocket, but Keenum can easily be rattled. He was below average to horrendous before the start of last season. Because of Case’s breakout season, he received a two-year deal worth $36 million with the Denver Broncos this past offseason. If he doesn’t get the proper help he needs, Keenum could be a wreck all year. He completed 67.6 percent of his passes last season for 3,547 yards 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
9. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins: Smith got traded for the second time in his career and there is a good reason for it. It is because there is a quarterback who has a better arm than him. Patrick Mahomes is the new starting quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs. He has a high ceiling and the Chiefs were ready to play him now and that is why they traded Smith. Alex Smith doesn’t not turn the ball over, but he also doesn’t take enough chances. The Washington Redskins down graded at quarterback this offseason from Kirk Cousins to Alex Smith. Washington is going to miss Cousins more than they think. Smith completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards 26 touchdowns and five touchdowns.
8. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: Flacco has been a major problem for the Ravens the past few years. It doesn’t help that he has been banged up but ever since winning Super Bowl XLVII MVP, Flacco hasn’t been the same quarterback. Baltimore drafted Lamar Jackson in order to give him a wake up call. Joe Flacco has looked good in training camp but if they get off to a slow start, Ravens fans might be calling for Lamar Jackson. Flacco completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 3,141 yards 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
7. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton has been an underachiever for his entire NFL career. He doesn’t miss game, but Andy Dalton has made many questionable decisions throughout his career. The Bengals were shutout for the first couple of games last season and because of it, they fired the offensive coordinator last season and brought in a new one. Dalton completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 3,320 yards 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 99 yards on 38 carries.
6. Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns: Taylor led the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs last season. It was the first time since 1999 they made it to the postseason. Tyrod Taylor was benched one week for Nathan Peterman and it turned out to be a disaster. Peterman was benched in the second half and Taylor came back in. Tyrod Taylor doesn’t take many shots down the field and that is a major concern. He is also good at managing the football, but players need to take risks in order to win games at the NFL level. Taylor completed 62.6 percent of his passes last season for 2,799 yards 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He rushed for 427 yards on 84 carries and four touchdowns.
5. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears: Trubisky didn’t start until October last season. He was average at best in 12 games played, but do we know how he will turn out in the end? That is why the Chicago Bears hired Matt Nagy as the new head coach this past offseason. Nagy was the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator last season. Mitchell Trubisky completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
4. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars: Bortles has been a below average to average quarterback at best in his career. He was a part of a Jacksonville team that went to the AFC Championship Game last season, but it was the running game and the defense that carried the squad most of the way. It is a problem when a quarterback has more rushing yards than passing yards in a playoff game. Blake Bortles did that in the Wild Card Game against the Buffalo Bills. He completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,687 yards 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Bortles rushed for 322 yards on 57 carries and two touchdowns.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Fitzpatrick will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter for the first three weeks with Jameis Winston suspended. Ryan Fitzpatrick is usually a turnover machine every time he touches the field. Tampa Bay has a tough schedule to start the season and it will not bode well with them. He completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,103 yards seven touchdowns and three interceptions, in six games last season.
2. Nathan Peterman, Buffalo Bills: Peterman will most likely be the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Week 1. There will be a bunch of headlines if that’s the case. Nathan Peterman started in one game last season against the Los Angeles Chargers on the road and it was a total disaster. He played in four games overall. Peterman completed 49 percent of his passes for 252 yards two touchdowns and five touchdowns.
1. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: Tannehill is coming off a Torn ACL injury. At 30 years old, he has most likely hit his ceiling as a starter at the NFL level and the Miami Dolphins will most likely move on from him at the end of the season. In 2016, Ryan Tannehill completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,995 yards 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He rushed for 164 yards on 39 carries and one touchdown.