QB Confidence Index: Ranking NFL depth charts 1-32
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A couple of weeks back, I was in Houston to cover the Sunday night game between the Texans and the Cowboys, and I was talking to one of the Texans’ coaches on the field before the game. I asked him how he felt about this game, and we had a wide-ranging talk about all of their injuries and what a rough start it had been to the season for them and how well the Cowboys’ defense had been playing, etc.
Then he said, “But with our quarterback, I feel like we always have a chance.”
And that’s it, right there. That sentiment is the very basis for the Quarterback Confidence Index. If you feel good about your quarterback, you feel like you have a chance. If you don’t, you probably don’t. Any “yeah, but” you can throw at that logic is pure rationalization. Is it possible to win without a franchise quarterback? Sure. But I don’t know a team that would want to try.
With that in mind, we present the latest installment of an occasional feature we like to call the Quarterback Confidence Index. Please remember, this is not a ranking of starting quarterbacks. Rather,