Chargers fans are looking around at different quarterback options for 2020. If the team moves on from No. 17, Easton Stick should not be first in line.
The Chargers could be fielding an offense with Philip Rivers at the helm for only a few more games, with both No. 17 retiring or the Chargers moving on still on the table.
NFL media has thrown around quarterback possibilities for years, whether it be a trade for Marcus Mariota in the draft, a second-round pick for Josh Rosen, or selecting Lamar Jackson at No. 17 last year.
However, given Rivers’ misfires in Oakland and Mexico City, coupled with other forced errors in Detroit and against the Steelers, it is becoming apparent the team needs some sort of plan post-Rivers very soon. Some speculate it should take years before they move on from their franchise quarterback, while others think a change should be made as soon as this offseason.
Though Tyrod Taylor would likely be the front-runner for starting quarterback next year, one other name has come up a number of times during fan discussion: Rookie Easton Stick.
5. If the Chargers DO move on from Rivers after this season, who should be their 2020 starter?
— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) November 19, 2019
But, for as much as fans would love to see what the first quarterback the team has drafted since 2013 could do against an NFL defense, Stick should not at all be considered the starter in 2020.
The prospect of him starting in a game is exciting, as he is a relatively unknown commodity with brief moments of sensational play this past preseason. Unfortunately, those bits of brilliance are overshadowed by terrible decisions; through four games, Stick threw for one touchdown, ran for two touchdowns, but tossed four interceptions. If there’s any reason the Chargers should move on from Rivers, it’s because of how often he turns the ball over. There’s no way they should be exploring Stick as an option given his own ball security issues in the preseason. He needs to continue to grow as a non-starter, for now, which comes with being a fifth-round pick. Maybe he’ll get a chance to start in 2021, or at the very least find a more meaningful role as the second-string quarterback once Taylor’s contract expires.