NFL quarterback tiers going into 2022, where does Tua Tagovailoa land?

Mike Gesicki #88 and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Mike Gesicki #88 and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions during the game against the Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

Below average QBs with a good roster can be game managers, but with bad rosters can be train wrecks:

As far as upside goes these last QB tiers besides the rookies don’t have much room to grow, here you have game managers that might excel at some things, but are extremely deficient in others. For the most part, these QBs have reached their ceiling.

Their play is their play, and their mistakes are their mistakes, they are hard-wired that way and there’s almost no other way to go except sideways or down when it comes to progression.

Quarterback tier D – Below Average QBs:

  • Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jared Goff – Detroit Lions
  • Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers
  • Jameis Winston – New Orleans Saints
  • Justin Fields – Chicago Bears
  • Mitchell Trubisky – Pittsburgh Steelers

I promise I didn’t go out of my way to pick on QBs whose name starts with a ‘J’ it just happened to unfold that way. Jalen Hurts is an off-brand Lamar Jackson who sucks even more at throwing, Goff is Goff, Jimmy G is Jimmy G, Jameis is Jameis and you won’t change those guys.

Although Winston does have the best set up to win, despite being in salary cap hell the Saints always manage to put a roster together that can be competitive. With how top-heavy the NFC is they might even sneak into the playoffs.

Fields has a little bit of hope, but the coaches and team built around him are lightyears away from putting him in a position to win. No WR core, no OL, and no offensive coaches remind me a lot of how Tua Tagovailoa’s career started.