As the NFL season nears its halfway point, it’s clear to some teams that their current starting quarterbacks aren’t the answer. For others, that conundrum might not be clear until after the season.
With that, Colin Cowherd and “The Herd” co-host Jason McIntyre broke down the QB market for the 2023 offseason, breaking down the 13 teams for those who definitely need to add to the biggest position in sports and those who at least should to join consider it
He needs a quarterback
Commanders of Washington
Head marshals: Carson Wentz/Taylor Heinicke
2022 statistics: Wentz: 1,489 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, six interceptions in six games; Heinicke: 480 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, two interceptions in two games
Head Marshal: Jared Goff
2022 statistics: 1,904 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, six interceptions in seven games
Head Marshal: Marcus Mariota
2022 statistics: 1,432 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, six interceptions in eight games
New Orleans Saints
Head marshals: Jameis Winston/Andy Dalton
2022 statistics: Winston: 858 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, five interceptions in three games; Dalton: 1,175 passing yards, nine passing touchdowns, four interceptions in five games
Head marshals: Baker Mayfield/PJ Walker
2022 statistics: Mayfield: 962 yards passing, four passing touchdowns, four interceptions in five games; Walker: 614 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, one interception in four games
Head Marshal: Geno Smith
2022 statistics: 1,924 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns, three interceptions in eight games
Head marshals: Matt Ryan/Sam Ehlinger
2022 statistics: Ryan — 2,008 passing yards, nine passing touchdowns, nine interceptions in seven games (Ryan); Ehlinger: 201 passing yards, zero passing touchdowns, zero interceptions in one game
Head Marshal: Davis Mills
2022 statistics: 1,656 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, eight interceptions in eight games.
That’s how Cowherd and McIntyre influenced this group.
Colin’s thoughts: “Eight NFL teams will draft a quarterback…Washington will draft a quarterback. Of course they are. Detroit, they’re 1-6. Atlanta, New Orleans and Carolina.”
Jason’s thoughts: “I don’t know about New Orleans. Atlanta, probably. Carolina, without a doubt.”
Colin: “Seattle’s going to take a quarterback … Seattle has two picks, two picks — I think they’re going to take a quarterback in those first four picks.”
Jason: “You may have to cross the Falcons. They have Desmond Ridder that they drafted, who we haven’t seen yet: Desmond Ridder, Marcus Mariota.”
Colin: “Are you building a team to win the Super Bowl?”
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Debates in the building
New York Jets
Head Marshal: Zach Wilson
2022 statistics: 1,048 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, five interceptions in five games.
New England Patriots
Head marshals: Mac Jones/Bailey Zappe
2022 statistics: Jones: 993 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, seven interceptions in five games; Zappe: 781 passing yards, five passing touchdowns, three interceptions in four games
Las Vegas Raiders
Head Marshal: Derek Carr
2022 statistics: 1,621 passing yards, nine passing touchdowns, five interceptions in seven games
New York Giants
Head Marshal: Daniel Jones
2022 statistics: 1,399 yards, six passing touchdowns, two interceptions in eight games
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Head Marshal: Tom Brady
2022 statistics: 2,267 passing yards, nine passing touchdowns, one interception in eight games
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Here’s how Cowherd and McIntyre influenced these five teams.
Colin’s thoughts: “Derek Carr, for example, they gave him kind of a weak contract, his max money if they moved isn’t a lot. It’s like $5 million or something. So if they had that losing streak, there will be people in the building, he’s been there for nine years and even though he’s had six coaches, it’s been a mess.
“Zach Wilson is the only one to me where you think, ‘I’ve only been here a year and a half.’ … We know in this league, as it’s become more focused on the quarterback, you either have a guy or no. And they’ll fire you if you give him another year. Robert Saleh may never get another coaching job. , so they won’t be sitting around waiting for another one.
“Simple things for Zach Wilson, easy things are hard. Obviously, the hard things [Patrick] Mahomes is easy, but Mahomes is a superstar. I always worry when things are easy, bands are hard. For Zach Wilson, the stuff down there, just put your foot down and take it there, I don’t know. Wasn’t a big fan out of college. I’ve been wrong a lot about quarterbacks, and I’ve been right a few times. But if you’re Robert Saleh, this is your big chance. You’re doing your part: defense, running game. So he has done his part as a coach. Will you give it another year? Because New York will blow you away. This organization, these owners are not going to give you three or four years. They have a history of blowing these guys up.”
Jason’s thoughts: “This is the case to see more Zach Wilson. At Pro Football Focus, they can crunch the numbers, how is he against the pressure? They feel a lot of pressure, they have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. He’s the worst quarterback in the league under pressure, just one play down. He is a disaster. He runs for his life. But when he’s not under pressure, he’s like a league quarterback. So the question is, can you get him a left tackle? Can you reinforce the line when? [Alijah] Is Vera-Tucker back? Do they give Mekhi Becton another chance? If the pieces are around him and he has time in the pocket, can he be a good quarterback?”
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