Giving big-money to quarterbacks ensures nothing

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Giving quarterbacks huge cash doesn’t assure success and even playoff appearances.

The NFL’s six highest-paid quarterbacks in 2018 will likely be spectators this postseason. Inexperienced Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million), Atlanta’s Matt Ryan ($30 million), Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins ($28 million), San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million), Detroit’s Matthew Stafford ($27 million) and Oakland’s Derek Carr ($25 million) couldn’t lead their groups to the playoffs.

Solely Cousins had a successful document (8-7-1), and he failed in a do-or-die recreation within the regular-season finale. Cousins, who acquired a three-year, absolutely assured, $84 million contract, struggled in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears that eradicated the Vikings.

Of the highest six on the wage listing, solely Rodgers has gained a Tremendous Bowl. Ryan is 4-6 within the playoffs, Stafford is 0-Three and Cousins is 0-1. Carr and Garoppolo haven’t made a postseason begin.

Among the many 12 beginning quarterbacks nonetheless taking part in, six are nonetheless below their rookie contract and one other — Nick Foles — is a backup.

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Right here’s a take a look at a number of extra numbers coming into wild-card weekend:

SETTING RECORDS: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees broke his personal document with a 74.Four completion proportion, the best in a season in NFL historical past. … Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz set a document for many receptions by a good finish (116). … San Francisco’s George Kittle set a document for many yards receiving by a good finish (1,377). … Groups mixed to attain 1,371 complete touchdowns, the best complete in a season. … Eight quarterbacks had a passer score of 100 or greater, most in a season.

LAST MAN STANDING: Philadelphia’s Doug Pederson is the one one in every of seven coaches employed in 2016 nonetheless together with his staff. Adam Gase (23-26, Miami), Chip Kelly (2-14, San Francisco), Hue Jackson (3-36-1, Cleveland), Mike Mularkey (19-17, Tennessee), Dirk Koetter (19-29, Tampa Bay) and Ben McAdoo (13-16, Giants) all had been fired, some prior to others.

WORST TO FIRST: The Bears (12-4) and Texans (11-5) gained their divisions after ending in final place in 2017. The Eagles gained the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months after going worst-to-first within the NFC East.

THE NEWCOMERS: Seven groups who weren’t within the playoffs final season certified this 12 months. All seven — Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle — will play this weekend. For the reason that 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, no less than 4 groups have certified for the playoffs in each season that weren’t within the postseason the earlier 12 months.

WILD-CARD CHAMPS: 9 groups who performed wild-card video games have gained the Tremendous Bowl, together with the 1980 Raiders, 1997 Broncos, 2000 and 2012 Ravens, 2005 Steelers, 2006 Colts, 2007 and 2011 Giants and 2010 Packers.

TOUGHEST ROAD: The Eagles and Colts are every making an attempt to turn out to be solely the third No. 6 seed to win a Tremendous Bowl, becoming a member of the 2005 Steelers and 2010 Packers.

EASIEST ROAD: Since 1975, 49 of the 86 groups (57 %) to succeed in the Tremendous Bowl had been No. 1 seeds. In that span, 20 No. 2 seeds, 4 No. 3, 9 No. 4, two No. 5 and two No. 6 made it. Over the previous 5 years, 9 of 10 No. 1 seeds performed within the Tremendous Bowl. Solely the 2016 Cowboys didn’t get in.

WELCOME TO THE DANCE: 4 quarterbacks will make their postseason debut as starters. Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky and Houston’s Deshaun Watson play this weekend. Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes has a bye.

STINGY DEFENSE: In three of the previous 4 seasons, the groups with the stringiest regular-season scoring protection have superior to the Tremendous Bowl. The Bears led the league with the fewest factors allowed per recreation (17.7) this season.

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