Under Pressure: quarterbacks who must succeed in 2014

Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 featured a ton of terrific quarterback play: Peyton Manning had a record-breaking year, Philip Rivers rebounded nicely, Drew Brees led his team to the playoffs again, and second-year stars like Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson had terrific years, with the latter winning the Super Bowl. But there are always players who underperform, and while there was some excellent quarterback play, more than a few quarterbacks had unsatisfactory seasons. Here are ten quarterbacks that are facing the most pressure to succeed in 2014 – and all of them had average to below average seasons last year.

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  • trinity

    You are 100% correct about Alex Smith. He does a good job of letting himself be carried while not contributing much himself, and that will not get you a title in this era. He wants to get paid like a franchise quarterback, but he has to prove he is one. He has not even come close to proving that so far, and considering he is nearly 10 years in, I’m not at all confident that he will.

    As for flacco, he’s the only one I don’t think should be on the list. Losing Anquan to the niners, losing pitta to injury, and Ray Rice having a horrific season played as much of a part as flacco did in my opinion. I think he’ll be ok now that he’s got more weapons.

    • Travis Crouch

      How you say that Flacco has as the same talent around him as Alex does and Flacco had a better defense and the Chiefs when further doe you realize Alex had one of the best passing percent in the nfl and out ran Kaepernick and had more passing yrds then him had he had something Alex never had and that’s two good wrs in bolden and craptree and why they got rid of Bolden couse of Flacco and his contract when you get paid 5 hat much you should make wrs good around you

      • trinity

        Outran kaepernick? Stop it. Lol maybe in your dreams he did. Second, it’s hilarious that you point out his percentage. Lol how about his touchdowns? It took this guy damn near TEN YEARS to pass for 20 touchdowns. He puts up a nice percentage in part because his stats are so minimal. Simply go see for yourself. He is a game manager. Period. That will not win you a title.

        • Rishi Pochiraju

          High comp % just points out how conservative he is. That’s not a bad thing — it will win games, and he has learned to take care of the ball, but it won’t make him a playmaker.

          • trinity

            Exactly. Conservative will not make him a playmaker. Winning or losing rarely comes down to Alex Smith, because he doesn’t have much to do with anything. He is a guy who is efficient, but he has to be carried rather than leading. No doubt about that. Their run game and defense will get them some wins if they can stay healthy. But they will not win a title with that quarterback.

          • Matt Youngberg

            So do you realize that Joe Montana only three for over 30 touchdowns once in his entire career. Would you call him a non playmaker

    • Jason Mauzey

      I also agree about Smith but he will start the whole season barring any injury. As for Murray being his immediate backup. …. No. He’s not in the running for the starting spot at this point. Both Bray or Daniels are much better options until he is more developed.

      • trinity

        I hear you. I think Murray could do it, but you’re right about brat and daniels being more developed at this point.

  • Matt Youngberg

    Hmm how in the he’ll is Alex Smith on this list . Who had the best game of any qb in the post season last year . Isn’t the point of the game football is to win the game ? And what is Alex’s record has a starter ? Hmmm? So anything bad you have to say abt Alex is kinda pointlesd

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Who had the best game of any QB last postseason? Peyton Manning, AFC Championship game. And Teams win games, not individual players, but players help their teams win — and Smith hasn’t done that. Remember Mark Sanchez in 2009-10? His team won 4 playoff games and went to the AFC Championship game twice. But “he” won games, so he’s good, right?

      • Matt Youngberg

        Ya Alex does have players ! Did you forget abt Jamal Charles . Oh ya he really sucks don’t he ? Lmao

        • Rishi Pochiraju

          Um, yeah, that’s exactly my point. Smith has players to help him out and win games.

          • Matt Youngberg

            Lmao you just said in another post that Smith didn’t have any stars on the team Lmao

          • Rishi Pochiraju

            You can go back and look at the comments…if I did, come back here and link it, because I didn’t.

          • Matt Youngberg

            So don’t all the team’s in the playoffs have playmakers around there qb? Oh ya and didn’t Peyton throw for a record amount of tds in the season and did he win the super bowl? Lol

          • Matt Youngberg

            Alex does win games . He has one more games in the last few years then almost any starting qb

          • Matt Youngberg

            Any other good team has good players around them too . Lmao

          • Rishi Pochiraju

            Might’ve been someone else.

  • trinity

    Why is he a retard? It’s not like it takes much talent to reach Alex Smith level.

    1. Play extra safe to avoid fucking up
    2. Toss the ball to JC and let him do the actual work

    If Murray can do that, boom, you have another Alex Smith. Lol Murray would only have to be average, because that’s exactly what Alex Smith is.

  • Rishi Pochiraju
  • Jacob

    Playing smart and safe QB is easier said than done.

  • Matt Youngberg

    ” you play to win the game ” and what is Alex’s record has the starter the last few years?

  • Matt Youngberg

    Hey do you know we have a west coast offense ? And the whole point of the offense is to throw short passes

  • trinity

    But it’s way easier to play that way than it is to play elite, and that’s why Alex Smith is only average.

  • Matt Youngberg

    Hey do you realize that fantasy football isn’t real football? Lmao

  • trinity

    It’s very good. He does a very good job of letting himself be carried. But considering the fact that “winning” rarely comes down to him, I ask you what’s the point of winning games? To win the superbowl. In that case, what has he done? Exactly :).

  • trinity

    It works out great then doesn’t it? Lol because you have the perfect guy to do that. A game manager who plays it safe. Of course, that’s not ever going to get you a title. But hey, at least he fits right?

  • Matt Youngberg

    Ya he does fit .. “you play to win the game ”

  • Matt Youngberg

    Hey didn’t manning have one of the best seasons has a qb in the history of football? So how did that work out for him in the super bowl for him Lmao . Throwing a million tds doesn’t mean you are going to win the super bowl

  • Matt Youngberg

    Do you know how many first downs he got with his legs that extended drives ? How is that not being a leader or a playmaker . He makes everyone on the team better . We pretty much had the same players has the horrible 2012 team last year . Who do you think made the team better last year. You do realize that football is a team sport don’t you?

  • trinity

    Sure you can win some games if the defense and run game carries him that far :). But as far as the most important goal, the superbowl. Lmao good luck with that one.

  • Matt Youngberg

    So what’s wrong with winning games ? That’s the whole point of football is winning games . This isn’t fantasy football

  • Matt Youngberg

    How come in the playoff game the chiefs lost there best offensive player in the first quarter and still scored 44 points . So you really think Alex had nothing to do with that?

  • trinity

    There’s nothing wrong with winning games. The issue is chiefs fans willingness to settle for average. What is the point of winning a few games if it’s not going to ever get you to the superbowl? The pursuit of a championship is the entire point to this game, and to say you’re fine with Alex Smith “leading”, is to say you are comfortable with an average quarterback. Personally, I would be disgusted if Alex Smith was my quarterback. The quarterback is supposed to lead the team, the team is not supposed to lead the quarterback.

  • trinity

    I think that game was the best game of alex’s entire career. And he lost. Ask yourself this. Do people rave about how well Peyton manning and Tom brady play in losses? No. Because their supreme talent makes them above lame ass moral victories. So the fact that you guys rave about that loss by Alex Smith actually speaks volumes about him in a negative way, even though I know you guys don’t realize it.

  • Matt Youngberg

    It was the defense that lost the chiefs that game . Do you forget that playoff game against the saints . Alex looked really good in that game too. Oh ya and how many players did the chiefs lose in that game . Your argument is so weak lol

  • Matt Youngberg

    Alex does lead the team!! Do you even watch chiefs games ?

  • Matt Youngberg

    Name me how the team is leading the qb? Lmao

  • Matt Youngberg

    So do you consider Montana average ?

  • trinity

    Lol by “weak”, you mean “you don’t want to hear it”. Lmao it took the guy damn near a decade to throw for 20 touchdowns Matt! He leads???? What was his most successful win-loss season? It was 13-3 with the 49ers. And in that year Alex Smith threw an entire 17 touchdowns in 16 games. Hahahahahahaha! Let me repeat. This guy threw only 17 touchdowns in a full season! But he’s leading? Lol you’re delusional if you think so. He is being carried by his team. This guy is a vet of damn near TEN YEARS and he’s still producing like a damn rookie. Oh, but my
    Argument is weak? Simply go check his career stats and you will see he produces next to nothing even when he wins. Lmao!

  • Matt Youngberg

    Lmao how in the hell does Alex produce like a rookie . You realize this isn’t fantasy football. Who cares how many tds Alex throws . It’s a team sport . Alex lifted the team around him to make everyone better!!!! Ask some 49ers fans and they will probly tell you that they wish that they had Alex back over kaepernick.

  • trinity

    Isn’t it obvious? Two things.

    1. The defense, not Alex Smith, was the key. When were you guys winning last season? When the defense was giving up only 12 points a game, placing little pressure on the offense. When did you guys start losing? The second your defense got away from that. Meanwhile, Alex Smith was putting up 23 touchdowns. Sadly, that’s a career high. Winning or losing rarely came down to him.

    2. I’ve got two words for you. Jaamal Charles. Also knows as the running back who is your leading RECIEVER. also known as the guy who scored a ridiculous 46% of your touchdowns. An entire 46%. He, not Alex Smith, is the engine that makes this offense go. Without him, you don’t win. Period.

    Like I said, Alex does a nice job of letting himself be carried. If that’s impressive to you, I wish you good luck losing in the early rounds of the playoffs.

  • Matt Youngberg

    Oh ya so if Jamal carries the chiefs how did the chiefs do in 2012 when Alex wasn’t with the chiefs? Hmmm?

  • Matt Youngberg

    So who carried Alex when he was one fumble away from a super bowl? Lmao

  • Matt Youngberg

    Trinity you really don’t know football!!!

  • trinity

    Nothing since Andy Reid wasn’t there lol. That’s who deserves the credit, not Alex Smith. Because what did Alex Smith lead? Not a damn thing.

  • trinity

    I give you facts about what happened last season, and the best you can do is “you don’t know football”? Apparently I do since that’s exactly what happened lmao. Only an Alex Smith fan lol

  • Matt Youngberg

    Lol!! He lead the chiefs to a 11-5 record . So do you think manning is a good leader then? Well he didn’t when the super bowl either Lmao

  • Matt Youngberg

    Wow so what facts have you presented? Oh nothing !!!!

  • trinity

    I just gave you evidence of the fact that he didn’t “lead” a damn thing lol. And of course now that you’ve lost the argument and don’t have a leg to stand on, you’re going to try to get away from that and toss out another quarterback in hopes that I will fall for it and change the subject. Hahahahaha. No :). Lets keep talking about your boy Alex Smith Matt :).

  • trinity

    Montana is a champion, so no.

  • Matt Youngberg

    I have plenty of legs to stand to stand on. Do you realize real football isn’t fantasy football? So who is your team and qb? Lol

  • Matt Youngberg

    Us do you realize that Montana’s numbers are similar to Alex

  • trinity

    Why in the world do you keep bringing up fantasy football? My hometown team is the New Orleans Saints. Lol which has nothing to do with this subject. Don’t try to change the topic :). Tell me, do you think you’re winning a championship with Alex Smith?

  • Matt Youngberg

    Ya the chiefs can win a championship with Smith . I keep bringing up fantasy football because stats don’t mean shit in real football. I bet you that the chiefs have a better record this year then the saints

  • trinity

    First, I don’t think that will happen. Your schedule is much tougher to start this upcoming season, you guy’s off-season moves were average to be kind outside of Dee Ford, and you have a QB that won’t get you over the hump.

    Second, I have another bet for you. I bet drew brees has more impact on winning and losing than Alex Smith does. Not really much to brag about when I win that bet, because it’s as sure as the days of the week lmao!

  • trinity

    Yes, it’s a team sport. But every team has a leader. Which is supposed to be the quarterback, but yours isn’t good enough for that. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Alex Smith is a game manager. That’s it. You can win some games with him (if the people around him are good enough to carry him), but you will never win BECAUSE of him. Period. You absolutely will not win a title with Alex Smith as your quarterback. You’re going to look back and see I was right. Watch :).

  • Matt Youngberg

    Impact on a team is subjective . Hmm brees will not have a bigger impact on his team . When Sean Payton was suspended how good did the saints do then ?

  • trinity

    Not so good, although that didn’t have much to do with drew or Payton lol. I’ll let that slide since I’m guessing you don’t watch saints games. Our defense was hideous that year, and it was actually getting Rob Ryan that made the biggest difference, not Sean Payton’s return. Like you said, it is indeed a team game. But every team has a leader, and I’m glad to have an elite quarterback and a champion as mine. We’re going to win the division this year on all around team effort led by drew’s arm. You guys will be lucky to match the production of last year. It all comes down to this defense. And you better pray to god that JC doesn’t get hurt. Because if he does and Alex Smith actually has to contribute, kiss your entire season goodbye.