The “Good enough to date, not good enough to take home to your parents” tier:
8. Ben Roethlisberger
It feels criminal to even rank Big Ben this high but it also shows that the Chargers are not playing very many good quarterbacks. Ben is old, his arm is shot and he refuses to hang it up. This is the AFC equivalent of Drew Brees deciding not to retire after last season, and to the delight of Saints fans, he did.
By the time the LA Chargers play Big Ben on Sunday Night Football, I would not be surprised if he is considered one of the worst quarterbacks in the league.
9. Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor: the ultimate game manager. Tyrod won’t do anything to lose games for the Houston Texans but the problem is that there is not much talent around him, so the Texans are not going to win many games, either.
The organizational culture is simply off in Houston and if Watson does not start a single game in 2021 then I legitimately think that the Texans could be the first-ever 0-17 team… in the first year that the NFL moves to 17 games.
10. Teddy Bridgewater*
If the Denver Broncos were smart then Teddy Bridgewater would be the starting quarterback in Denver from day one. However, I do not think they are ready to give up on Drew Lock just yet. This is the one team where we truly have no clue who is going to start but my money is on Teddy B.
11. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the ultimate NFL journeyman but really isn’t that good of a quarterback. Sure, he will dazzle with some Fitzmagic time and again but there is a reason why he has never played in the NFL Playoffs.
12. Jalen Hurts
I’m going to be honest, there is a really good chance that Jalen Hurts could wind up in the lower category. He did not look that great last year but he was in a terrible situation from start to finish.
This is a guy that could either move up into the next tier as the eighth-best quarterback that the Bolts play or could fall into the lower tier and be one of the worst quarterbacks that they play. Time will tell.