Just 2 divisions left for the series and then I have to think about other topics to annoy people with. Thank you very much for those who have viewed and commented on this series. It has been great discussion and it gives me a chance learn more about a quarterback from both my research has well as from the fans who follow those teams a lot closer than I can. So, lets just into the NFC East.
1. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Two Super Bowl rings, excellent playoff performances, and massive improvement in the last 2 years have me thinking Eli is top of the NFC East. Adding a pro bowl season to his resume in 2015 certainly does help. in 2014 and 2015, Eli has put up at least 4,400 yards 30 Touchdowns (35 in 2015) and 14 Interceptions. Now, we can't mention those numbers without mentioning the phenomenon that is Odell Beckham Jr. but almost every great contributed with a great receiver and we get to see the talent in Eli through the talent of Odell. Adding an excellent route runner, Sterling Shepard, in the draft only makes this offense more talented and I see a continued rise in Eli's numbers.
Stat Prediction: 4,650 Yards 38TDs 14 INTs and a catch that makes EA super giddy to the point where they ruin Madden, oh wait.
2. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
So badly I wanted to put Romo first. Not only for the banter, but because he is such a talented quarterback, who when not hurt, plays like a top 10 guy easy. After a very impressive 2014 ended by the non-catch, Tony played only 4 games in 2015 and racked up 7 INTS. Which almost reaches the 9 INTs that he threw over 15 games in 2014. He tried to come back and I admire his toughness. If there is one thing you cant convince me of, its that Tony Romo isn't tough. Dude had heart, passion, but he needs to channel 2014 Tony Romo if this team is going to get anywhere. Adding Zeke, who is an excellent pass protector, could help alleviate some of the pass rush, but it will take more than that to keep Romo healthy.
Stat Prediction: 3,800 yards 29 TDs 10 INTs and Dak Prescott getting some play time due to Injury.
3. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Kirk was very impressive in the second half of the season. Playing on par with the likes of Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford. Its an interesting story in that Cousin's was a Shanahan pick, and RG3 was a FO pick for the Redskins and look who panned out. In case you were wondering, Mike Shanahan knows a little bit about football. Kirk played extremely well when cut loose and I think 2016 will show us the same. Adding TCU Josh Doctson to the aging receiving corps helps create opportunity for the Redskins, and don't sleep on Keith Marshall making an impact on this offense either. A well rounded offense could make this Redskins team a consistent NFC East Champion.
Stat Prediction: 4,300 Yards 30 TDs 10 INTs and an entire line of You Like That memorabilia.
4. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles*
Is it just me, or does the guy remind me on Favre and Stafford in that they are dudes who just love the game of football. Wentz is a competitor and I like to believe he will have a great future in Philly. Watching his film, I noticed he refuses to go down easy, has a great arm, and can deliver it accurately. Now, at the pro level I'd prefer him to not take big hits, but similar to Jay Cutler against that Steelers safety, he can dish them too. Philly is young at the receiver position and I think they can grow with Carson, who will be throwing to people faster than 4.6 40s for the first time ever. Can the small school stand out change the culture in Philly? Find out next season on "The Dream Team"
*I think he beats Sam in camp. Regardless of money, play the best quarterback in my humble arm chair coach opinion. Sam would still finish last in the division if I ranked him instead of Carson.
Stat Prediction: 4,000 yards 34 TDs 22 INTs these numbers are rough estimates, point is, cut the kid loose.