It is well known that I am a diehard fan of the New York Giants. So, I know about winning football. However, over the past several years I have learned about and become accustomed to losing football. After drafting Daniel Jones and promoting him to the starting position last year, all Giant fans were optimistic. However, after constant turnovers by Jones we are not exactly pleased with him leading our team, but this is just his sophomore season. He can still improve with experience and better blocking on the offensive line. He and QB’s young in their careers are not what I want to talk about today. Today, I want to discuss a couple veteran QB’s who no longer belong where they are.
The look on the face in the above picture says it all for New England Patriots Quarterback, Cam Newton. When the season started every New England fan seemed to be ready to act like Tom Brady wasn’t the key piece needed in the Patriots offense and that Cam Newton’s arrival would only make them better. I didn’t agree and got a lot of anger directed at me from their fans in the beginning for saying that Cam Newton was not what they needed. Let me explain this the best way I know how. Look at Colin Kaepernick. Started off amazing for the 49ers! Then, defenses figured him out and he was no longer effective. Newton was able to stick around in the league longer than Kaepernick because he also has a presence in the pocket that Kaepernick didn’t have. Sure, Kaepernick’s stance in the Black Lives Matter movement also hurt him with other teams who didn’t want to be affiliated with him, but the stats never lie. He was not playing at the level he was initially. Anyways, back to Newton. It’s clear his days as a starting QB in the NFL are numbered. It wouldn’t surprise me if they were over in New England.
Carson Wentz has his team leading their division. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much. The NFC East is by far the worst division in football. The Eagles lead the East with a losing record of 3-4-1. Literally, any team could still win the division. I pay close attention to the Eagles being a Giants fan and I know what’s going on in the division. Although, they won last night against the Cowboys. Wentz looked awful! Multiple turnovers against a struggling Dallas Cowboys defense. Had the Cowboys not been down to their 3rd string QB, I think this game goes the other way. Eagles fans in the past have stuck up for their starting QB, blaming the talent surrounding him. However, Nick Foles didn’t seem to have a problem when he took over for an injured Wentz. Philly fans are now wishing they had Foles, who is now with the Chicago Bears. Personally, I still think Wentz is talented enough to start as a QB in the NFL. Especially, with all the openings around the league. However, I don’t think he’s the answer in Philly.
Today’s article ran a little long. Normally, I just do short quick articles that get my point across. Today however, I wanted to be a little more detailed instead of just saying, Wentz and Newton need to go. Which honestly, most would have probably agreed with and been happy with.
The situation in Miami is a strange one, in my opinion. Ryan Fitzpatrick has lead the Dolphins offense through the first six games of the season and has them sitting at a 3-3 record, which is 2nd in the AFC East division behind the Buffalo Bills who hold a 5-2 record. The Dolphins are also on a two game win streak behind their bearded and enthusiastic QB. However, putting the Dolphins in a position to win the division was not good enough. The Dolphins announced in the past week that Tua Tagovailoa would take over as the starting QB in Miami. This came as a shock to pretty much everyone, including Fitzpatrick who said he “was shocked by it” and “felt like it was his team”.
The point of the 2 Minute Warning segment for Wingman Sports is to give my opinion, so here it is. This was a bad move for the Dolphins. Had the Dolphins had a losing record with only one or two wins at this point I could maybe see it. However, they have a chance to win the division with Fitzpatrick who has proven he can win with this team. If you are going to start Tua at this point you should have just started him at the beginning of the season. Because now you are saying you would rather risk the unknown with a rookie QB, than win and have a chance at the playoffs with a veteran. I know Tua is a hell of a talent, but how many QB’s were great in college and bombed in the NFL? I can name several and won’t waste your time with it as I am sure you can as well. The point is that Tua is not going anywhere. He would be there next season as well. I personally just think it was worth giving Fitzpatrick a shot to give the Dolphins something they haven’t had in a long time, a playoff berth with the opportunity to win in the playoffs. I think Fitz deserved that opportunity.