12. New York Jets
Obviously, the talk of the town this year is Aaron Rodgers. It’s so funny that Rodgers ended up on the Jets after what we saw many years ago with Brett Favre and his saga. Although Favre didn’t exactly want to be on the Jets at the time and Rodgers essentially hand-picked the Jets, but that’s neither here nor there.
Aaron Rodgers, a four-time NFL MVP, is now the quarterback of the New York Jets. This is a team that hasn’t had a Pro Bowl quarterback since — wait a second…Brett Favre in 2008?
That’s right, the Jets haven’t had a Pro Bowl QB since Favre was at the helm in 2008. It feels like Rodgers has just a couple of years left in his NFL career but what does he have to give the Jets? We saw a slight decline last year from him but were there distractions?
The Jets have a great infrastructure outside of just Rodgers, too. Their defense was one of the best in the league last year. This Jets team really felt like an “insert QB here” roster and they would be contenders. But of course, we need to see it all happen on the field first.
11. Los Angeles Chargers
I struggle to put the Los Angeles Chargers in this slot. I don’t know if I think they are a really good team or if I just can’t help myself putting them here because Justin Herbert is their quarterback. As only they can, the Chargers blew a huge lead in the playoffs last year. They didn’t fire Brandon Staley after the game but they did replace offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi with Kellen Moore.
That decision looms large over this franchise because there were rumors that if offered the job (and if the Chargers were willing to deal, of course) that Sean Payton might have taken it. The Chargers stuck with Brandon Staley who has made some wildly unpopular decisions in his time as head coach.
With Herbert under center, the Chargers should be good. But will they actually be good?