2018 Season Preview: Analyzing NFC Quarterbacks

2018 Season Preview: Analyzing NFC Quarterbacks

The fates of the NFC's teams will be determined by these QBs.

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There is a hefty amount of talented quarterbacks in the NFC, much more so than in the AFC. The NFC has featured different teams at the top for nearly every season as of late, and it does not seem like that trend will stop for the 2018 NFL season.

From the consistently talented Aaron Rodgers and seemingly ageless Drew Brees to the up-and-coming young stars Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, the NFC's quarterbacks have plenty of parity to go around. Nobody can accurately predict who will emerge at the top during any given season because of the level of talent prevalent in the conference.

Here are the quarterbacks in the NFC for this season.

​Eli Manning, New York Giants​

The 37-year-old veteran Manning is clearly past his prime, but Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is convinced that he still has something left in the tank. Does he have one last hurrah in him?

Carson Wentz/Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Wentz may not be fully healthy for Week 1, which may leave Foles to start in his place. Philadelphia started 11-2 with Wentz as their quarterback last year before he succumbed to a torn ACL, which left Foles to take his place. Foles led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history, but has struggled this preseason. It is currently unknown who will start for Philadelphia during Week 1.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Can Prescott return to his poised rookie form after a noticeable sophomore slump? Prescott's future in Dallas will depend on his execution this season.

Alex Smith, Washington Redskins

Acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs and coming off a solid season at 34 years old, Smith has a lot to prove with Washington this year, including his adaptability.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Arguably the most talented signal-caller in the NFL today, Rodgers seeks to lead the Packers back to the playoffs after suffering a broken collarbone last season.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

After signing a massive contract with Minnesota, the veteran Cousins looks to prove his worth with a cast of high-end talent across all offensive positions.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Lions head coach Matt Patricia looks to bring out the best in Stafford while the latter is in his prime. One of the better QBs in the NFC, Stafford carries Detroit the way Rodgers carries Green Bay and will be crucial to their success this season.

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

With new offensive weapons and a new head coach, can the second-year Trubisky take the next step and lead Chicago back to prominence?

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

The elusive, resilient Wilson is currently in his prime, and the Seahawks will live and die by him this season.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Garoppolo led San Francisco to a complete turnaround and spearheaded a five-game winning streak to finish the 2017 season after they acquired him via trade with the New England Patriots. It is up to him to keep up the momentum heading into this year.

Sam Bradford/Josh Rosen, Arizona Cardinals

Bradford is a solid quarterback when healthy, but he has had trouble avoiding injuries throughout his career. A promising young talent in Rosen is waiting in the wings.

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

With significant development from his rookie year and weapons all around him, Goff is set up to be nothing short of deadly if he gets everything to click like last season.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Suspended for the first three games of the season, this is a do-or-die year for Winston, who has been remarkably inconsistent during his time in the league.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

The future Hall-of-Famer is showing no signs of slowing down at age 39, and he is surrounded by a plethora of young talent that may increase his chances of returning to the Super Bowl.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have given the dual-threat Newton more weapons to work with, and he looks to improve from an inconsistent showing in 2017.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan is surrounded by elite talent and is a gifted quarterback in his own right. He is contractually locked in long-term with Atlanta and will need to take command of his stacked offense to be successful this year.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Till's Return: The Gorilla Is Back

Liverpool's Darren Till Is Ready To Take Out Everyone

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The #3 ranked fighter in the welterweight division former title challenger Darren Till has recently expressed that he is ready to get into the octagon multiple times this year as he aims to get that top spot in the division. He has said since UFC 228 with the bout between himself and the current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley he has essentially reassessed the situation. He is ready to capitalize on the lessons he has learned while showing why he is still the biggest challenger in the 170-pound division.

He has called out all names but he has not hesitated to express his interest in getting that rematch with the champion "The Chosen One" Tyron Woodley because he knows and is confident he has the skill to defeat Tyron. The Gorilla is definitely ready to be the Main Event on the London card in March but there is no clear set opponent yet.

Rumors began to spread in the mix martial arts world that Darren Till would be facing Colby Covington but it was not set in stone. Darren would have much more to win if he took on Colby and dismantled him. He would resolidify himself as the #1 Title challenger as Colby would have a lot more to lose. Colby Covington does not seem to be on the best of terms with the UFC as is so it seems like this would be the most appropriate fight to make since Kamaru Usman vs Tyron Woodley was booked for UFC 235 for the belt.

Darren Till is absolutely ready to get back into action but many would like to see him step into the Middleweight division and show what he can do. He does not want any rest and wants to fight 3 times or more in 2019 as it looks to be a promising year. The Gorilla recently received a call out for the London card by #9 ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal as they both share the same amount of interest in the past but the fight was never booked.

Another huge fight he has interest in is with the "Style Bender" from the middleweight division, top prospect Israel Adesanya which would be absolute madness and would be a huge sell for the business. But in the meantime, he does believe he will stay at welterweight even though the division is in a very weird place right now. He expressed his dislike for Colby but knows the game Colby Covington is trying to play. A fight between Darren Till and the (Former?) Interim Title holder Colby Covington would definitely put a clear understanding to who the next title challenger could be in the division for Tyron Woodley.

The 26-year-old has 17 wins and 1 loss with 1 draw in his mix martial arts career. The last time we saw the #3 ranked "Gorilla" Darren Till was when he took on Tyron Woodley who become the first person to finish and stop Darren giving him his first loss at UFC 228. It is very exciting to see Darren so hungry and eager to get back in the cage. Hopefully, it will be in the Main Event in London.

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