The first week of the NFL season has come and gone. It was great to see football back, don’t get me wrong, but I want to warn everybody that what happens in Week 1 of the NFL season really doesn’t mean that much in terms of what will happen for the rest of the season.
Take 2014 for example. In week 1 of 2014, the Tennessee Titans defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 behind nearly 300 yards passing and 2 TDs from Jake Locker.
The Titans went on to win one game the rest of the year, and Locker, Tennessee’s “QB of the future” at the start of last season, is now retired.
Also in Week 1 last season, the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots, got rocked by the Miami Dolphins, losing 33-10. New England then went on to win 12 of their next 15 games on their way to another AFC East Division Championship.
So forgive me if I’m not totally convinced that Marcus Mariotta and Tyrod Taylor are going to prove to be star NFL quarterbacks.
Mariotta looked great. He absolutely tore apart a Tampa Bay Buccaneers that allowed Tennessee to score 35 first half points before the Titans took the foot off the pedal for the second half.
Mariotta, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, finished the day completing 13-of-16 passes for 209 yards and 4 TDs, and could have probably had more if the Bucs had not been so far behind.
All of that said, it was against the Bucs. There’s a reason that they were the worst team in the NFL last season. Mariotta impressed me, but let’s not crown him Rookie of the Year just yet.
Then there’s Tyrod Taylor, the QB of the Buffalo Bills. Again, I was very impressed, but not convinced he’s an actual option as an NFL starting quarterback.
The Bills absolutely destroyed the Indianapolis Colts, 27-14, in a game in which the score does not indicate how lopsided it was.
But aside from one beautiful deep ball to Percy Harvin, I wasn’t all that impressed with Taylor. This game was won by the Bills defense and that’s most likely what Buffalo will rely on all year.
This is Taylor’s fifth year in the NFL. If he was something special, he would have a starting job by now.
While I love Rex Ryan as a head coach, he does not know what is going on when it comes to quarterbacks. Taylor was the choice not because he was this good, but because he was not as bad as Matt Cassell or EJ Manuel.
We’ve had one week of real football. Maybe Mariotta was worth the No. 2 pick, and maybe Taylor was a diamond in the rough. But the bottom line is this: one week isn’t enough to prove anything in the NFL.