Starting QB Competitions for the 2020 NFL Season

With the NBA, MLB, and NHL all set to resume/begin their seasons all within the next month, fans and members of the media have been speculating as to whether or not we will have an NFL season this fall. Right now, NFL players and coaches are set to begin training camp on July 28th with the 1st game of the season between the Chiefs and Texans set to take place on September 10th. Whether there will be a season or not, coaches and players need to prepare their teams for play come September. With that being said, there are several teams with questions surrounding their starting quarterback heading into this season. Questions are surrounding who will start for multiple teams, including the Chargers, Dolphins, and Bears. In this article, I’m going to be describing the QB situation on these teams and making my pick for who will be the starter for each team come Week 1. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Chicago Bears

Chicago BearsPerhaps the most significant QB controversy heading into the 2020 season is taking place in the Windy City. After another below-average year from Mitch Trubisky, who is heading into his fourth season with the Bears, Chicago decided to trade for veteran signal-caller Nick Foles. Everyone remembers Foles for his magical 2018 postseason in which he led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title. What people don’t remember about Foles is that he’s been a relatively average starter whenever he’s gotten the chance in the regular season. The Bears are now two years removed from the 2018 season that saw them go 12-4 on route to an NFC North title. Chicago still one of the best defenses in the NFL and some reliable weapons on offense. All this team needs is a game-managing quarterback who can effectively run the offense while allowing the defense to dominate as they have in the past. While Trubisky overall might have more upside, Foles is a more reliable option for what this team needs.

Week 1 Starter: Nick Foles

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers LogoFor the first time in 14 years, the Chargers will have a starting quarterback not named Philip Rivers. The club decided to let Rivers walk following a disappointing 2019 campaign that saw the team finish 5-11 and 4th in the AFC West. Rivers would sign with the Indianapolis Colts, leaving a void at the quarterback position in Los Angeles. The team’s quarterback room currently consists of veteran Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick, and 2020 1st round pick Justin Herbert out of Oregon. The Chargers picked Herbert with the 6th pick in the draft, making it clear that they believe he can be their quarterback of the future. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will start right away. As is the case with many young quarterbacks, teams will decide to sit for a year or two to let them develop and learn to play in the NFL before throwing them in the fire. Although some fans might be clamoring for Herbert to start right away, I think that coach Anthony Lynn will go with Taylor to start the season. He is proven as a decent starter in the NFL and even made the Pro Bowl with the Bills back in 2015. However, if the team is struggling mid-way through the season, I could see Herbert getting some playing time.

Week 1 Starter: Tyrod Taylor

Miami Dolphins

Miami DolphinsIf I were a Dolphins fan, I’d be quite optimistic about the future of my franchise. The ‘Phins finished off the regular season with a shocking upset of the New England Patriots, led by the ever so enigmatic veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. This team began last season looking like the worst team in the NFL before HC Brian Flores was able to rally his team to five wins. The team selected quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out of Alabama in the first round, giving hope for a new era of football in Miami. Many scouts believed that Tagovailoa was the best quarterback prospect in the draft, but a series of injuries he sustained throughout his collegiate career in Tuscaloosa had some scouts concerned. Nonetheless, the Dolphins selected him, and Tua claims that he is 100% healthy. Despite this, I still think that the Dolphins will start the season with Fitzpatrick. Even if Tua is fully healthy, there is no reason to throw him out onto the field Week 1 when the team already has a reliable veteran on the roster. However, as I said might happen with the Chargers, I could see Miami giving Tagovailoa a chance to play if the team’s season is lost late into the year.

Week 1 Starter: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Las Vegas Raiders

Oakland RaidersDerek Carr has been the starting quarterback for this team since 2014 and has been selected to three Pro Bowls. However, he only has one winning season over his six seasons with the Raiders. Jon Gruden and co. decided to put some pressure on Carr this offseason when they signed former #2 overall pick Marcus Mariota to the team. Mariota’s tenure with the Tennessee Titans was up and down, but he proved that he could start in the NFL. He is also a more versatile player than Carr, as he provides an offense with another rushing threat thanks to his mobility. Unlike any other quarterback controversy that I’ve discussed in this article, both quarterbacks are proven starters in the NFL. This leaves Gruden with an interesting decision come Week 1 as the Raiders debut their brand-new stadium in Las Vegas. In the end, I think that the Raiders will again stick with Derek Carr. Mariota will provide him with some stiff competition, but I believe Carr is overall the better player.

Week 1 Starter: Derek Carr

Washington Redskins

Washington RedskinsA lot is going on when it comes to football in the nation’s capital, including the inevitable name change and the sexual misconduct scandal released by the Washington Post. Besides this, there is also a question as to who will be the starting quarterback for Ron Rivera’s team come Week 1. Most assume that Washington will go with 2nd-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins, whom the team drafted in the 1st round last year. Haskins had an unimpressive 2019 campaign, starting seven games with seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Despite bad stats, Haskins did show some improvement over the last few games of the regular season. This offseason, the team traded for Kyle Allen from the Panthers, who spent his first two seasons in the NFL under Rivera and started the majority of the season for Carolina last season. Allen is familiar with Rivera’s offense, which makes some believe that Washington will decide to go with him in Week 1. Despite this, I still think that Haskins will get the nod come Week 1. Fans want to see him succeed, and the only way of that happening is to let the guy play.

Week 1 Starter: Dwayne Haskins

I am a rising junior at Butler University with a Sports Media major and a minor in Strategic Communication. I was born and raised in Bethesda, MD right outside Washington DC, and I’ve been a huge DC sports fan my whole life. I’ve been lucky enough to see both the Nats and Caps win titles in my lifetime, however I have a feeling that my Redskins and Wizards won’t be joining them as champions anytime soon.

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