Tennessee Titans fans need to stop ignoring Jordan Love’s flaws.
In the NFL, QB is king and the Tennessee Titans are coming off of a season where Marcus Mariota was benched and Ryan Tannehill had one of the best 10 game stretches of any QB in recent memory.
However, the wheels of change are always rolling in the NFL and Titans fans have already started to ignore the window of success that Tennessee is currently in and are planning for the future.
On paper that sounds great if you can actually do it well, but fans have gotten fixated on an incredibly flawed prospect because of a dirty six letter word: upside.
Websters defines upside- well alright, not Websters but I define upside as a noun that people throw around when they are trying to explain why they like a player even though all the tangible evidence says that you should be cautious.
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For example, if a running back has great speed in the 40-yard dash but has big fumble issues or they have no vision, then you are going to hear about his upside. That basically translates to, “Sure, this guy doesn’t do his job well now and he is going to hurt you more than he helps you, but there is an ideal world where he can use all of his strengths without exposing any of his weaknesses.”
That is the “logic” that gets GM’s fired and ruins teams, and it is the same logic that you hear with someone like Jordan Love the QB from Utah State.
I am not saying that Love can’t hit some deep passes because of his special arm, but I am saying that people are falling in love with that and then putting all of the issues on other people like his offensive line and his wide receivers.
The only way to disprove that would be to see if Love was actually an inaccurate passer on top of his other flaws. Luckily, Ian Wharton is around to let us know who is accurate:
I’ll say this for the people in the back: don’t ignore when a quarterback basically has a 1:1 TD to INT ratio AND is inaccurate.
Wharton goes on to describe some data comps for these QBs:
So, the next time you are trying to figure out if Love is the next Patrick Mahomes, don’t ignore the fact that the numbers suggest that his peak is a lot closer to being Josh Allen than it is to being Mahomes.