QB Heaven: ’22 Edition

Madden 22 cover athlete Tom Brady, mid gameplay. Photo Credits- Daniel Bates, SportsGamingOnline

The time is here to go to QB Heaven. That time where Madden players and hardcore stat “nerds” alike can unite: fantasy. In today’s piece, I’ll be trying an age-old argument settled using creativity: building the best QB possible. There are only two rules. First, the quarterback’s attributes must come from a current group of NFL players. Second, I can only choose one attribute from the player. Let’s get underway!

Start, Body: Cam Newton

Superman to the rescue? Yeah, sure. He may not be ”2015 MVP” Cam anymore, but his intangibles are ridiculous. Newton’s got a tall, towering frame. 6 foot 5, 250 lbs with a 4.5 40 time. That’s a generational pair of attributes, especially at the signal-caller position. He can stand in the pocket against the rush and deliver strikes to big and small targets alike (see Greg Olsen and Steve Smith Sr).

QB Legs: Lamar Jackson

Electric. Dazzling. The cornerstone in Baltimore’s offense has WHEELS. He dodges offenders with such ease that it looks like he’s almost on a yo-yo string. Jackson wasn’t touted as much of a passer as he was a dual-threat coming into the league, but his body of work since? Let’s just say defensive minds will get cold feet when he steps on the field.

Next, Arm Strength: Patrick Mahomes

3…2…1… liftoff! The launch coordinates would surely be dialed in with this quarterback’s offense. Who better to take arm strength from than Patrick Mahomes? He starred in an Air Raid style offense back in Texas Tech and Andy Reid was smitten with the guy. Seeing him make cross-body strong arm throws and have a quick trigger release would give any Cover 4 headaches. Speaking of cerebral space, next comes decision making.

QB Decision Making: Aaron Rodgers

If “careful with the football” was a person. Rodgers has always valued ball placement. Evidence, you say? Well, the career Packer has sported a TD:INT ratio of 40:5 in a regular season. White hot. He’s the closest thing to an on-field surgeon that a coach could get. In addition to this, he’s got a penchant for catching defenses on their laurels and getting huge chunk plays in the middle of their rotations. Don’t let these fool you, either. His throwing motion is tight, fluid and there’s barely any wasted energy.

Improv: Russell Wilson

Oh, man. Off schedule, plays are more common in the league now. Perhaps there’s none better than Seattle’s own Russell Wilson. A wizard of sorts almost, honestly. His career can be defined by some ”clutch” throws where the play breaks down and he has to roll out or make a second read. Even after that, throwing an absolute money shot into the hands of a sure-handed or deep threat target.

Leadership: Tom Brady

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Brady. He’s touted as one of the greatest, if not the GOAT. But that’s a debate for another article. Considering his age and experience, he’s probably your dad’s ”favorite” QB. What can’t be debated though, is six Super Bowl rings. His ability to lead game-winning drives and bring out a battle spirit in some of his teammates is commendable. Even when he was down 28-3 in a Super Bowl vs. the high-flying Falcons, he engineered a comeback for the ages. If I were to ever need a leader among men, my money’s on Tom Terrific.

QB Heaven: Bonus

Let’s spice it up a bit, shall we? What kind of offensive coach would this QB play for? I personally would love to see him play for Kliff Kingsbury. The potency of the Cards offense even without Deandre Hopkins is eye-catching. Plus, no disrespect to Kyler Murray for the amazing job he’s done as a pilot, but just think. This QB paired with that offensive engine? Super Bowl winners, no contest.

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