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Predicting The Starting Quarterback Of Every Team Going Into 2021

Sam Darnold Trade Block Five teams
Sam Darnold is officially on the trade block, but could he end up being the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers rather than the Jets?

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Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray

While the young passer has much to prove, he has performed more than well enough to secure a starting role in the Arizona Cardinals offense.

Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan

While it seems likely that Atlanta will take a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, I would not expect Atlanta to be so quick to slot out the best quarterback in franchise history.

Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson

Jackson has even more security now that he has a playoff victory under his belt, and seems set to be the future of the franchise.

Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen

With a little better play, Allen could have been the consensus MVP of the NFL in 2020, so yeah look for Allen to be in the Bills’ plans moving forward.

Carolina Panthers: Sam Darnold

While I think Teddy Bridgewater’s separation from the Carolina Panthers is imminent, I would not expect Carolina to use the 8th overall pick of the draft on a quarterback. I predict they will make a play for the former New York quarterback, and hope that they can revive his career.

Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky

While Trubisky might be set to be a free agent, the price to get him was so high that I believe the Bears will consider keeping Trubisky for one more year, just to see if there is anything in the tank. The Bears will be particularly hopeful given the success of the  young passer late in the 2020 season.

Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow

The first overall pick of 2020 will not be replaced.

Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield

For all the Baker fans out there, keep in mind that this organization has not had a single competent quarterback for the better part of two decades, so the Browns will not exactly be hasty to move on from Mayfield

Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott

Jerry Jones is the last owner that would be letting a quarterback of Prescott’s talent just waltz out the door. Expect to continue to see Prescott in a blue and silver uniform for years to come.

Denver Broncos: Drew Lock

This is the last chance for the young passer, but given that the jury is still out on exactly how good Lock really is, I think the organization will be ready to ride it out with Lock for one more year.

Detroit Lions: Jared Goff

While the recent acquisition of Goff will likely be a tire fire, it seems unlikely that Detroit would start anybody else.

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers

I talked myself into it.

Houston Texans: Russell Wilson

Everybody needs to get ready for one of the most massive trades of all time, a trade that will make it look like all the Dallas Cowboys got for Herschel Walker was a bag of spoons. The Texans are about to make a mega trade with the Seahawks, and while there will be multiple extraneous details, the trade will consist of a swap of Deshaun Watson, and Russell Wilson, two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Indianapolis Colts: Carson Wentz

Even if he is coming off a particularly bad year, Wentz will be given the Indianapolis starting position.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence

It seems almost certain that the Jaguars will take Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. After Lawrence is drafted, who will take a starting job over him? Certainly not Gardner Minshew.

Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes

Look for a Chad Henne second half.

Las Vegas Raiders: Derek Carr

This couple seems to be heading towards a divorce every year, but the teflon pairing of Carr and Gruden will probably last another year in Vegas.

Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert

The reigning offensive rookie of the year will not be replaced in 2021.

Los Angeles Rams: Matthew Stafford

The second part of one of the most awful trades ever conceived will likely be headed for a short lived pairing, but at least for the time Stafford will start in LA.

Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa

Any suggestion of an end to Tua’s career in Miami is an absurd ridiculous claim, Tua was not even that bad and people are writing him off as a starter after a year where COVID-19 took his top WR’s? Ridiculous.

Minnesota Vikings: Jimmy Garoppolo

Kirk Cousins was nothing less than one of the most God awful quarterbacks in the league last year, and is ready to be replaced. The Niners in contrast also seem down on their current quarterback. Look for Garoppolo to be sent to Minnesota on a short deal, and be the staple as Minnesota searches for a new quarterback.

New England Patriots: Mac Jones

The Patriots are finally going to cave in and draft a quarterback, I am calling it.

New Orleans Saints: Taysom Hill

Under normal circumstances I would’ve put a staple quarterback here until Taysom proves himself, but since Sean Payton seems about ready to propose to Hill I feel pretty confident putting him as the starter.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones

A massive season is on the way for New York’s young passer, look out!

New York Jets: Justin Fields

While I would rather the Jets ride it out with Darnold, they seem pretty dead set on moving on. Here is Justin Fields, the next unlucky soul to be swallowed on by the Jets’ consistent horrendous quarterback development.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts

After getting lucky with a seemingly questionable draft pick, the Eagles would be stupid to go with any other quarterback.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger

We seem to be staring down the barrel of Drew Brees v.2, I think it is likely that Big Ben will get one last chance in Pittsburgh.

San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance

Y’all probably thought I was going with Kirk Cousins here, not so. Cousins does not deserve a starting gig, and the Niners are in a very good position to draft an adequate quarterback.

Seattle Seahawks: Deshaun Watson

I already described the circumstances of Watson’s arrival in Seattle in the Houston Texans section, so for all those confused just scroll on back up and read that part.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady


Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill

Cinderella story my ass. Ryan Tannehill proved that he was not a one hit wonder in 2020, and this will enable the Titans to keep trusting him going into 2021.

Washington Football Team: Kyle Trask

Anybody who thinks Washington will be moving forward with Taylor Heinicke as their starting quarterback is incorrect and should not be trusted with football opinions. I also do not believe a Cam Newton marriage is likely, despite the obvious coaching connection. Washington will draft a quarterback, and based on their position it will probably be Trask.


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