Between all the great deals and huge contracts distributed, to NFL the off-season is full of intrigue.
But with the new season just a few months away, it’s time to look ahead.
On “The Herd” on Tuesday, Colin Cowherd did just that, ranking his top 10 signal calls for the 2022-23 season.
Let’s get into it.
Derek Carr is No. 10 on Collin’s list of the best NFL QBs
Colin Cowherd ranks his top 10 NFL quarterbacks and backs Derek Carr at No. 10.
10. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Key Stats: Carr completed 68.4 percent of his passes last season for 4,804 yards — his fourth straight year with more than 4,000 yards — and 23 touchdowns while leading the Raiders to a 10-7 record. It was their first winning season since the 2016-17 campaign.
Cowherd’s thoughts: “[He] leads every quarterback in the NFL [in] the last seven years — and that’s with the Raiders and the shaky coaching, chaos and bad O-lines — with 30 wins since entering the league in 2014. He had the highest completion percentage [of] all quarterbacks in the league over the past four years. … He was the only defenseman last year [who was] top five in passes and completions. I don’t think it’s controversial. I think it’s obvious. Actually there [are] arguments that he could be in the No. 8, No. 9 spot because he absolutely carried the team.”
9. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Key Stats: In 46 career starts, Murray is 22-23-1 with a 93.9 ERA. He completed 66.9% of his passes and had 11,480 passing yards (249.6 per game), 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.
Cowherd’s thoughts: “He [has] got better every year — a complete playmaker. [He’s] one of the toughest guys in the league to guard.”
8. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Key Stats: Herbert threw for a franchise-record 5,014 yards last season as a second-year QB. He completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 38 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Cowherd’s thoughts: “No quarterback in NFL history has thrown for as many yards or as many touchdowns in his first two years. His first year was with a terrible offensive line … and a fired coach.”
7. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Key Stats: Burrow and arguably the best pass-catching trio in the NFL – Ja’Mar Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd — combined for 222 receptions for 3,374 yards and 24 touchdowns during the regular season, the most by a pass-catching trio in team history.
Cowherd’s thoughts: “Barrow is amazing. Burroughs led the NFL in completion percentage and yards per attempt last year with a poor O-line. This is amazing.”
6. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
Key Stats: Stafford threw for 4,886 yards last season en route to victory in Super Bowl LVI.
Cowherd’s thoughts: “I put him in front of Joe Burrow, who he beat in the championship match. Stafford had 50 touchdown passes last year.”
5. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
Key Stats: Wilson finished the 2021-22 season completing 64.8% of his passes for 3,113 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Seattle Seahawks.
Cowherd’s thoughts: “I think it will crush [it in Denver]. He’s the only quarterback in the last four years in the NFL with a passer rating over 100. That was with a defensive coach and a shaky offensive line and a shaky defense.”
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Key Stats: Rodgers completed 68.9 percent of his passes last season for 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions en route to winning his second straight MVP (fourth overall).
Cowherd’s thoughts: “Aaron [isn’t] very good in a crisis. He doesn’t have a lot of back to back wins considering how old he is [has] has been in the league, but it’s back-to-back MVPs. He looks different when he plays. He throws the most beautiful ball. He is wildly gifted. He’s not great falling behind late, and he’s not great in big games.”
3. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Key Stats: Brady put up monster numbers in 2021-22, completing 67.5 percent of his passes while leading the league in both passing yards (5,316) and touchdowns (43).
Cowherd’s thoughts: “I would put Brady at No. 3 out of respect. He did lead the NFL in passing as well since joining the Bucks. I think he’s the best quarterback, along with Peyton Manning, in the history of the league. Nobody’s cooler in late games than Tom Brady.”
2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Key Stats: Allen’s 4,407 passing yards were the eighth most in the league last season. He connected on 63.3% of his passes for 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Cowherd’s thoughts: “I think [Allen] is actually more talented than [Patrick Mahomes], but hasn’t won enough big games yet. Highest passer rating in one postseason last year. He’s bigger than Mahomes. He is more mobile than Mahomes. I think he’s a combination of Ben [Roethlisberger and] Cam Newton, but the better of the two.”
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Key Stats: Mahomes was tied for the fourth most touchdowns last season (37) while throwing for 4,839 yards during the regular season.
Cowherd’s thoughts: “I think Mahomes is the best. He has the highest passer rating in league history and he [has] won the Super Bowl.”
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