2022: The year of the struggling veteran QB

Mark LoMoglio/AP

This season, we’re seeing the next generation take control of the league while the veteran quarterback struggles to compete.

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • 4178 YDS – 21 TD – 9 INT

The seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback hasn’t looked like himself with having a down year compared to the rest, and desperately trying to make the playoffs. After leading the league last season in passing yards and touchdowns, Brady is on pace to throw his least amount of touchdowns since 2019, his last year with the New England Patriots. With a new coaching staff, the possibility lies ahead for the 45-year-old to make a change and leave the league on top.

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos

  • 3019 YDS – 12 TD – 9 INT

Being involved in the blockbuster trade in the offseason, expectations couldn’t have been higher for the former Seattle Seahawks veteran quarterback. Denver was looking to become once again a Super Bowl contender with a talented defense and a talented young offense. As the season went on, the trade became increasingly criticized as the offense ranked last in the league, and Seattle had more success without Wilson. The 2013 Super Bowl champion quarterback’s first year with Denver couldn’t have been worse, but he will have to prove everyone wrong as he’s locked in with the Broncos on a long-term contract.

Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts

  • 3057 YDS – 14 TD – 13 INT

The 2016 MVP was traded in the offseason as Indianapolis looked to take the next step to become a Super Bowl contender coming short of making the playoffs last season. Expectations for the veteran quarterback were high because of his past success with the Atlanta Falcons and his being surrounded by a talented young Colts offense. Ryan would do the opposite by being benched multiple times throughout the season and being yet another quarterback in the Colts’ quarterback carousel. 

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

  • 3331 YDS – 24 TD – 11 INT

The back-to-back MVP never returned to his elite play of the past two seasons due to the loss of his All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. Along with his inexperienced wide receiver core struggling to be on the same page as their veteran quarterback. Rodgers has had a poor season, as he’s thrown the most interceptions in a single season since 2010. With Green Bay in a position it hasn’t been in a long time, questions will rise throughout the offseason as 2020 first-round backup quarterback Jordan Love waits for his time to shine either for the Packers or elsewhere.  

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

  • 2087 YDS – 10 TD – 8 INT

Coming off a Super Bowl victory and his favorite weapon returning, wide receiver Cooper Kupp, expectations remained the same for Stafford to be a contender in the NFC once again. Due to a nagging elbow injury throughout the offseason, questions loomed about how Stafford would play as he missed a good portion of training camp. It turned out that Stafford would not look the same as in years past and be on pace to lead the league in interceptions. The Rams’ veteran quarterback eventually was shut down for the season with a neck injury that could jeopardize his 2023 season. 

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