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NFL Power Rankings: With Tom Brady gone, Aaron Rodgers stands as the last of the greatest QB generation.

NFL Power Rankings: With Tom Brady gone, Aaron Rodgers stands as the last of the greatest QB generation.NFL Power Rankings: With Tom Brady gone, Aaron Rodgers stands as the last of the greatest QB generation.

NFL Power Rankings: With Tom Brady gone, Aaron Rodgers stands as the last of the greatest QB generation.

Publish – 4 aug , 2023

 

For several years, the NFL enjoyed the perfect balance of seasoned veterans and rising talents at quarterback, resulting in an array of Hall of Famers who continued to excel well into their 30s. Simultaneously, a new wave, led by the exceptional Patrick Mahomes, was making its mark. This amalgamation of star power at the quarterback position arguably represented the league’s pinnacle.

However, this season marks a significant shift as the era of the older stars gradually comes to a close. Legends like Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan have all bid farewell to the field. Even Andrew Luck, though leaving earlier than expected, contributed to the transition.

The most poignant departure was that of Tom Brady, who seemingly retired for good after the previous season. For the first time since 1997, when Warren Moon, John Elway, Dan Marino, and Steve Young were among the NFL’s elite passers, we begin a season without a Brady or a Manning at the helm. This transitional phase denotes the passing of the torch.

Nevertheless, one symbol of the previous generation remains steadfast – Aaron Rodgers. Now entering his 40s, Rodgers remains one of the most compelling stories of the season, following his trade to the New York Jets. While no other regular starting quarterback for Week 1 surpasses the age of 35 (Colt McCoy being the exception at 37, awaiting Kyler Murray’s return), Rodgers declares his readiness to lead the Jets for several years.

The shift to a new team brings immense pressure upon Rodgers, as he leaves the Green Bay Packers for the challenging environment of the Jets. Meanwhile, the spotlight also falls upon the younger generation of quarterbacks, who must shoulder the responsibility of carrying the league into the next era. Encouragingly, a plethora of emerging stars have already demonstrated their potential.

Patrick Mahomes, at the age of 27, is already being hailed as a future Hall of Famer. Alongside him, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Tua Tagovailoa, and Kyler Murray have either played at a star level or shown remarkable potential, with none of them having reached the age of 30 yet. Deshaun Watson has also performed at an elite level, though his off-field issues sometimes overshadow his on-field achievements.

Additionally, a new generation of rookies, including Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Anthony Richardson, has generated considerable excitement. Further fueling the buzz, next year’s draft prospects like Caleb Williams and Drake Maye are already being touted as future stars.

As the NFL navigates this transformation, the league’s quarterback landscape will undoubtedly evolve, with Aaron Rodgers as a steadfast reminder of the past generation’s greatness. Simultaneously, a promising group of emerging stars stands ready to seize the mantle and write their chapter in the history of football’s most pivotal position.

 

NFL Power Rankings: With Tom Brady gone, Aaron Rodgers stands as the last of the greatest QB generation.
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As he reaches an age when few quarterbacks, like Brady, have found success, Rodgers stands out. Some of the quarterbacks he’ll face on the field were mere elementary school kids when he was drafted into the league. While his battle against time and competitors half his age might not be as prominent due to Brady’s record-breaking achievements, it remains an incredible storyline.

The league thrives on great quarterback play, and even with the recent retirement of several Hall of Famers, top-tier quarterback performance remains exceptional. This rings true not only for real football but also in the realm of fantasy football, where 12 of the top 18 all-time fantasy QB seasons were recorded over the past five years. Rodgers himself contributed to one of those remarkable campaigns in 2020, leaving the door open for one last epic moment from the seasoned veteran.

NFL Power Rankings: With Tom Brady gone, Aaron Rodgers stands as the last of the greatest QB generation.

NFL Power Rankings: With Tom Brady gone, Aaron Rodgers stands as the last of the greatest QB generation.
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3. Cincinnati Bengals

Fortunately, Joe Burrow appears to have avoided a severe injury when he experienced a calf strain, according to the Bengals. While he will miss several weeks, the regular season is still a few weeks away, and the team remains optimistic about his return for the opener. The Bengals, who are also a powerhouse in fantasy football, know the significance of Burrow’s presence on the field.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

Despite the challenge of surpassing his impressive performance last season, Jalen Hurts is earning accolades during Eagles training camp. Reporters highlight his outstanding start, fueling hopes of an even higher level of play this season. If he continues to improve, Hurts could be a strong contender for his first MVP title.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs face a contract-related dilemma with defensive lineman Chris Jones, who is currently holding out, with his contract expiring after this season. Jones is a crucial part of the Chiefs’ defense, and his absence would be a significant blow. While he seeks a contract worth $30 million per season, negotiations are ongoing, and both parties are likely to find a compromise to secure the team’s defensive success.

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