A Forum on the 2009 Quarterback Class: Part Three

Today is the third and final day of the quarterback forum with with Tampa Bay Bucs blogger Pat Nohe of The Pewter Plank and New York Jets blogger Marc Greenberg of The Jet Press. This will conclude our discussion regarding Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman.

Part one focused on player evaluations. Part two put each quarterback in the context of their team and we discussed what the results might be if the quarterbacks swapped teams. Part three looks ahead at which quarterback has the brightest future and which guy has been the best value to date.

Who has the brightest future?

Zac (Lions) – This is a really hard question to answer considering there are so many unanswered questions with Matthew Stafford. Those that haven’t watched him much might be quick to dismiss him in this case but he was drafted number one overall for a reason. We’ve seen flashes of it in Detroit but there is certainly no guarantee that he will stay healthy enough for his start to shine to its potential. Josh Freeman is my safe pick and Matthew Stafford is my pick on the condition that his injury problems are a thing of the past.

Marc (Jets) – Brightest future has to go to Sanchez. Two seasons, two AFC championships? he could be the next McNabb. (wait, that may not be a good thing).

Pat (Bucs) – I’m obligated to say Freeman because he could be the first franchise QB in the Buccaneers history and I really do think he has all the tools to be elite. But if I’m really honest, any of the three could become a top-tier passer. Stafford may have the best attributes of them all if he can stay healthy, Sanchez should have a chance to win for the next few years and Freeman is on a loaded young team himself. They’re all in good positions to have big futures.

Who has been the best value so far?

ZacJosh Freeman. He has and advantage in this category built into his game because he was the last of the three drafted but he has done enough to prove that he is not a step down in talent. Getting as much with less is a perfect recipe for value. Freeman also took a much bigger step forward developmentally than Sanchez did and Stafford hasn’t played enough to make his case.

– Tough question here. Sanchez has played in every game his first two seasons. Freeman has played 1.5 and stafford is at below 1 season. Freeman signed a contract with 10 million in guarantees to Sanchez’s 28 million guaranteed. To Woody Johnson and the Jets, that was money well spent. Sanchez is a franchise QB who hopefully will be the Jets starting QB for the next 8 years.

Pat – Freeman, just by virtue of salary and production. It’s really not much more than that, because of where he went Freeman earns considerably less money than both Stafford and Sanchez and he produces at the same level.

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  • J-Ro

    Wow. The Jets guy isn’t biased at all. I think it’s quite obvious that Sanchize is the worst of the bunch. His team tends to win in spite of him rather than because of him. And Stafford could be pretty great if he could stay healthy. But neither has yet to come close to performing at the level that Josh Freeman has this past year. If I had to rank them based on performance over the last two years, I would say it would have to be close between Sanchez and Freeman, with Sanchez winning year one and Freeman winning year two. But rating them on who has the most upside in the future? It would have to be Freeman, Stafford, then Sanchez.

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      It sounds like you’re thinking about these guys similarly to how I did. I am comfortable with Stafford as a Lions, provided he stays healthy, but I like what Freeman has done on an individual level while Sanchez has been more a product of his team situation.

  • T

    To me this isn’t as tough a debate as people are making out. Talent-
    Wise Stafford has shown enough in his handful of games to prove he’s
    Far superior to Sanchez, and just a notch above Josh. I’m sorry to say
    This but Sanchez is completely overrated. Here’s a kid who has an elite
    O-line, 2 great running backs (1 a future HOF) and a stacked receiving
    Corp which includes a superbowl MVP. Add that to an elite defence and
    It’s fair to say the jets would have been successful with most QBs at
    The helm. Stats aren’t everything, but his are so underwhelming for
    Someone taken as high as him. Maybe it’s his OC but I’m tired of seeing
    Him throw the same dink-and-dunk slants and dig patterns, he hardly
    EVER stretches the field! The facts are there for everyone to see; Josh
    Had a far superior year to Sanchez throwing to 2 rookie receivers, on a
    Far worse team. His QB rating was higher than matt ryan’s! He was
    Clearly the best value at 17 and the Jets fans are kidding themselves
    With their “2 AFC championship games” argument. He played well in the
    Playoffs as a GAME MANAGER, he was having 100 yard games with a couple
    TDs and 0ints. Are we gonna start saying Trent Dilfer is the reason
    Baltimore won their SB? Get real. Stafford and Josh have both taken
    Over games for their teams, sanchez has yet to. Has the kid even
    Thrown for 300yards yet?