Top 5 Deputies In The NFL
As I am confident every football fan is fully aware by now, the NFL has rapidly evolved into a passing league. Gone are the days where a running back cracks the end zone 28 times in a single season (a la former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006), replaced by record-shattering performances by quarterbacks on a seemingly yearly basis.
But just as the passing attempts of those lined up under center have increased over the past few seasons, so to have the amount of hits they take during the course of a game.
This leads to an important question that every NFL franchise asks itself before the start of each season: If our sheriff goes down, do we have a backup on the roster that will be able to step up and lead the group in his absence?
Let’s take a look at the Top 5 deputies in the NFL this season.
Jackson weighed heavily on my mind, as I think he can definitely be a starter in this league. Given the teams that they're on and the health of the weapons they have, I had to set my emotions aside and choose Cassel. Jackson probably could have beat Moore on the list but I just like his larger sample size stepping in as a backup and performing fairly well.
I can agree on Fitz being the best of the best considering his starting experience and age. Three years ago, Hasselbeck would be top on this list because he would have been starting for someone. But he's at the end of his career and he's best suited to be a backup at this point in his career. One guy I'm surprised didn't make this list is Tarvaris Jackson. He started for Seattle only two years ago and nearly led them to the playoffs, and he's familiar with the system under Bevell. If Wilson somehow went down, Carroll and his staff would have full confidence in Jackson's ability to run the offense. I would have had him on here well before Matt Moore or Matt Cassel, who both were much worse as starters than Jackson.