Fans have opinions about players, but their judgment is clouded by a fog of fandom and emotion. When Greg Cosell stops by The Herd each week, he takes emotion out of the equation and uses his 36 years of experience with NFL Films to relay to the audience how a player grades out according to the game film. Just the facts.
Today, Cosell evaluated performances from the most talked about quarterbacks so far this season, and shared what the film says they are doing right, or in some cases, what they need to do better to get on track.
Here are the quarterback evaluations according to Cosell:
Carson Wentz – The tape doesn’t lie. He has NFL size, can make all the throws, but Wentz’s most impressive quality has been his rare command of the pre-snap process for a young quarterback. Doug Pederson and the Eagles coaching staff have given him the full plate of responsibility and he’s responded.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 22, 2016
Sam Bradford – The film said he was terrific in his debut against the Packers, even though his left and right tackles had an awful game. He still has #1 draft pick arm talent, and made some impressive sideline throws that showed the ability is still there. He should continue to improve as he becomes more familiar with the Vikings offense.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 19, 2016
Dak Prescott – The tape says he’s playing well, but has missed the same open receiver on the same play two weeks in a row because he isn’t seeing the entire play. That’s to be expected from a rookie QB and he can improve. Prescott has been most impressive converting 3rd downs and extending drives. The Cowboys O-line has been surprisingly subpar. They need to play better. Positive early signs from Dak.
Dak Prescott’s first NFL touchdown pic.twitter.com/TCXMEzsZVP
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 20, 2016
Aaron Rodgers – The film says Rodgers’ poor play at the end of 2015 has continued into 2016. He’s regressed to become a “scattershot thrower” who is missing throws he used to routinely make, and he refuses to execute the Packers offense. If the Packers are going to have success, Rodgers needs to get back to executing the offense within the designed framework. Right now, it looks bad.
Aaron Rodgers picked off by Trae Waynes pic.twitter.com/uJbsB6dJ2H
— ⓂarcusD2.0 ツ (@_MarcusD2_) September 19, 2016
Jimmy Garoppolo – The film says Garoppolo has played flawlessly for one and a half games. The Patriots deserve credit for superior game planning which has helped his development. Their playcalling caters to his strengths and hides his weaknesses. The co-existence of coach, philosophy and quarterback is crucial to NFL success. No one does it better than the Pats.
Two @Patriots Drives:
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 18, 2016
Blake Bortles – The film says he’s slow in every phase of the game right now, including making decisions and getting rid of the ball too late. The talent is there, but needs to be less deliberate and trust his ability. If the problems persist they’ll only compound and continue to get worse.
Stop back in The Herd next week and come grab another NFL Meat sandwich.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 22, 2016