The cliché that is often repeated by National Football League analysts and fans is that quarterback is the single most important position in all of North American professional sports. NFL rules favor quarterbacks and passing attacks more and more with every season, and it has become close to impossible, in some cases, to shut down elite pass-happy offenses because of those regulations. The top quarterbacks in the game today, men such as Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and others, cash in on contracts worth millions of dollars because of their abilities to post impressive stats and wins with their valuable arms.
Even the athletes who are viewed as the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL in 2015 make, according to Spotrac, millions of dollars because of what they have achieved at earlier points of their careers or because of what they could potentially provide for their current clubs. Both Brian Hoyer and Josh McCown put pen to paper on contracts that will give them financial security for the rest of their lives despite the fact that neither has come all that close to winning anything of note in the NFL. Even more remarkable about their deals is that neither man could be in the starting lineups for their teams by the time December 2015 rolls around.
New Orleans Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees is NFL royalty, a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player who has earned his NFL salaries over the years. Time has seemingly begun to catch up with Brees, however, and there are now concerns that his body may not be able to hold up for another NFL campaign following 2015. Sam Bradford of the Philadelphia Eagles is a man who has routinely been betrayed by his body since entering the NFL, and Bradford finding a new home in Philadelphia may not be enough to resurrect a career that could have been great had he been able to avoid costly injuries.
10 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
9 Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
8 Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
7 Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
6 Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
5 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
3 Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
2 Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns
1 Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien may find himself flipping a coin to determine his starting quarterback at some point in November. O'Brien named veteran and Cleveland Browns castoff Brian Hoyer as his starter before Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season, but O'Brien pulled the plug on that experiment before the fourth quarter of the first game. Ryan Mallett, who has never had a true opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, has now been given the keys to the Houston offense for the time being, and that puts Hoyer atop this list as of the posting of this piece. The situation with the Texans could change, however, and maybe Mallett will be the worst starting quarterback in the NFL for 2015 when all is said and done.
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