NFL–QBs Get to the Finish Line”
This 2019 season is almost over.
And for four quarterbacks, who pretty much started their careers together, they are all headed to the waning days of record setting careers.
From the sunshine to the twilight, some still stars, others finishing in the dim light.
Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers have all rewritten the record books. They are all about to exit the NFL within the next couple of years.
Success has come at different layers for the four big guns. Most of them, maybe all of them, could be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
But yet, if you read the NFL columnists, listen to the talkshows, see how the fans react, the signal callers star power has faded.
Rivers quality of play has started to erode. The last couple of years have been marred by turnovers, losses, and poor play. And for the first time ever, he openly spoke that he might be playing his final home game next weekend before he becomes a free agent.
Rivers has a (123-99) career record. He has a (395TD-196Int) ratio, but the last group of years have been cruel to Rivers. He has gotten to 1-AFC Championship game, and never a Super Bowl.
He’s gone thru head coaching changes, terrible injuries, a raft of coordinators, and a franchise shift.. As the fans booed him this weekend, you need to analyze how this organization has let down the quarterback, by not drafting better or signing free agents to put around him.
Eli Manning, benched most of the season, is finishing up his career with the lowly NY Giants. Benched most of the season so first round draft pick Daniel Jones could play in the beginning of a rebuilding drive, Manning has likely played his final home game at the Meadowlands.
Manning has a (117-117) career record, 366-TDs and 244-interceptions. Turnovers have always been part of his career with the Blue. But he won 2-Super Bowl rings in the glory years under Coach Tom Coughlin.
He seems destined to exit New York beloved recently for how he handled his demotion, but under appreciated for what he did in his long career. Fans memories seem to be short.
Much like Rivers, the Giants have miserably failed at rebuilding, blowing out coaches, GMs, and star players in questionable trades.,
Drew Brees is still going strong, though New Orleans Saints football is different now. They no longer ask him to throw for 400-yards every Sunday and hope they can win. Now they run the ball, they play defense, and he guides them to wins.
Brees is (161-111) as a starter. He is nearly atop the all time record book with (540TD) and (237Int). He has had the benefit of greatness on the sidelines, a brilliant mad-scientist coach Sean Payton. His Monday Night outing vs the Colts was beyond belief, the (29-for-30) passing performance, a 96% completion rate, stamping his greatness going forward.