It's hinted at heavily in this week's show, but a hot topic is The Top 5 NFL QB list, as of right now. 'Right now' being a key phrase.
I can't begin to assume what kind of list our listeners would compile, but this much is certain: Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady shouldn't be in the Top 5.
I know, this would be football sacrilege if we were assuming the list took into account a quarterback's NFL football career. Brady with his multiple rings. Rodgers with his bling and history of dramatics on the field. But, this year neither quarterback has been elite. For Brady, it could be Father Time finally catching up. For Rodgers it could be that he's done with Mike McCarthy, and possibly testing his status by forcing the coach out. I believe that if the Packers lose to the Cardinals this week, McCarthy will be fired before he gets to the locker room. Thankfully for Coach McCarthy, the Cardinals are the worst team in the league.
But, back to the list.
Rube Mike's Top 5 NFL QBs (Right Now):
Do you agree? Have the name of a different quarterback that you feel belongs? Drop it in the comments, and let's see what your Top 5 looks like!
When speaking with fans of Rube Sports Radio, a good indication if a topic is worthy of writing about is if the fans are passionate about it. An interesting dichotomy: some topics that we think will elicit a strong reaction, don’t. And vice-versa.
This week, the most harried discussion has taken place regarding Kirk Cousins, the highly paid quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Not only is he highly paid, but his high pay is guaranteed. Like, fully guaranteed. It’s almost unheard of in the NFL, where the mantra has long been “football contracts aren’t guaranteed”. It was sort of a badge of pride worn by fans of football, as they looked down on MLB and its bloated guaranteed contracts.
But, it’s starting to look like a different day, at least for the most critical part of a football team on game day: the quarterback.
Of course, with the big bucks and the guarantee comes expectations that match. When a quarterback doesn’t perform up to his contract, the contract blows up in his face. That’s what’s happening with Cousins. Last year’s Vikings team was 13-3 and played in the NFC championship game without Cousins. With basically the same roster, except the addition of an $84,000,000 guaranteed ‘franchise’ quarterback, the Vikings faithful sweating a 5-4-1 record so far.
There are the apologists that want to excuse away the team’s performance as not being solely resting on Kirk’s shoulders. That’s fair. It should not solely rest on his shoulders, but a lion’s share belongs squarely there. As it should be.
Minnesota Vikings fans owe it to themselves not to accept mediocrity. With one of the top rosters in the NFL, they need to demand more from the highest paid player on the team. Guaranteed.