In Today's NFL, You Are Nothing Without An Above Average Quarterback

9/16/13 in NFL   |   nyjets891   |   36 respect

The NFL looks a lot like the Arena Football League through the first two weeks. You can chalk it up to the league babying these quarterback's and making it damn near impossible to play defensive back and to register a clean sack without hitting the guy too low or too high. Or moving your head at an illegal 92.3 degree angle with intent to injure (it's all garbage) or you can just chalk it up to these college quarterback's being better than ever. Let's face it, there are about 5 teams who have tossed the 2013 season aside with hopes of #TankingForTeddy. That would be Louisville Cardinals start quarterback and expected number one pick Teddy Bridgewater. Take a look at some of these quarterback's to come into the NFL and make Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell even worse. Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, even Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill can ball out.

WR's have become almost unstoppable. Take a look at guys like Julio Jones, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal .... what? Eddie Royal? Yes, Eddie Royal. Eddie's got himself 110 yards and FIVE TOUCHDOWNS through two weeks, tying his career high, set in his rookie season.
 
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Now the running game. Ahh the running game. Remember that? The tailbacks like Emmit Smith, Curtis Martin, Shaun Alexander, Marshall Faulk. Those guys were great. Just hand them the ball 30 times a game and let them run around the field like a hamster on drugs. Those guys were special. Now a days you are lucky if you can get 100 yards between four different ball carriers. Is there even such thing as a bell-cow back anymore? Has anyone ran more than 10 times a game this season? A runningback, not Kaepernick, Terrelle Pryor and other read-option QUARTERBACKS.

Bet you're trying to think who leads the league in rushing yards through two weeks right? It's not Adrian Peterson. Before I tell you, just know that teams finished with the fewest rushing yards in the opening week of a season since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002.

During week one, Lesean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles and Shane Vereen of the New England Patriots were the only running backs to surpass 100 rushing yards, with Vereen just one yard over. A record six quarterbacks had more than 350 passing yards in opening games FYI.

“It’s the style of the game now,” Gil Brandt, a former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys and now an NFL.com analyst, said in a telephone interview. “It’s a passing league now and it starts in high school. Then they go to college and that’s become a pass-oriented game.”

You said it Gil! During the decade of the 1970s, five quarterbacks threw for more than 400 yards in a game.

“All you have to do is look and see how the running game is treated in the draft now,” Brandt said.

This year's NFL Draft marked the first time since 1963 that no running backs were taken in the opening round.

We bounced back a bit in week two with six backs topping the 100 yard mark. Only LeSean McCoy and Doug Martin have averaged 100 yards per game in the first two weeks.

It seems that if you don't have a franchise quarterback, you are out of luck. If you can't find one, make sure you don't try to persuade yourself that you have one and pay him as if he is one. You will bury yourself even more than you already are.

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