As I prepare to do my 2020 previews for each team, I decided that I would get the juices flowing with my lists of top 5’s for 2020. The position I decided to jump into is the quarterback position. There are a lot of interesting things going on with most of the players on this list, which makes this one of the most interesting groups.
5. Tom Brady (373 of 613 for 4,057 yards, 24 TDs and 8 INTs for 2019)
Yes, yes….it’s Tom Brady and I said I would NEVER bet against Tom Brady and the Bill Belichick system. But wait, there is no longer a Bill Belichick system for Brady. A new team, a new system and WELCOME to Tampa Bay. After an unhappy finale in New England, Brady is optimistic that he has a better team, better atmosphere and a better chance at another Super Bowl ring. I guess we will find out, if Brady is really the G.O.A.T or if Belichick’s system made Brady “look” like the G.O.A.T. Brady will be reunited with Gronk in Tampa Bay. Gronk came out of retirement and walked away from the WWE to make one more run with Brady. As weird as it is to have him at the bottom of this list, the uncertainties have Brady here.
4. Drew Brees (281 of378 for 2,979 yards, 27 TDs and 4 INTs for 2019)
The next quarterback on the list and the next storyline…Brees says he will not kneel during the National Anthem, but then retracted when double standard fans threatened and lashed out at Brees. How will this distract Brees, how ugly will fans get over it and will he join those that kneel or stand for the anthem? Brees led the league in combined regular-season and postseason passer rating at 114.3 and completed 74.7% of his passes. Normally these stats, this team and his accuracy would have him top 2, but I can’t predict how much of distraction all of this will be.
3. Aaron Rodgers (353 of 569 for 4,002 yards, 26 TDs and 4 INTs)
Here we go, sophmore season for coach Matt LaFleur and more specifically, year two of Rodgers and LaFleur. Year one was a lot of give and take, but with a surprising amount of great success. These two showed great chemistry, going 13-3 during the regular season, beating Seattle in Wild Card round in the playoffs, before falling to the 49ers in the second round. I think year two will show even more growth in this relationship, but no more success. NFC is very strong and I like at least five teams more than I like Green Bay’s chances to be in the Super Bowl.
2. Patrick Mahomes (319 of 484 for 4,031, 26 TDs and 5 INTs)
He’s fresh off a Super Bowl victory and now there is the pressure of going back-to-back. Can Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes put it together again? Will defenses adjust and disrupt his game? Most of the starters are returning from that Super Bowl Championship team, giving Mahomes a familiar look and feel behind the center. Making him the #2 quarterback of the 2020 season.
1. Russell Wilson (341 of 516 for 4,110 yards, 31 TDs and 5 INTs)
Yes, Russell Wilson, not Patrick Mahomes, is the #1 quarterback for the 2020 season. As much as it kills me (not a fan of Pete Carroll) I think Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are in the driver seat to being Super Bowl Champs. Only Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers have thrown more TDs than Wilson since his rookie season (2012). No quarterback who has played through that entire era has a higher touchdown rate than Wilson (6.0%). And Wilson enters the season as the highest paid player ever, $35 million annually. Plus a piece or two that has and will be added before the season pushed Wilson to the top of this list.