There's a number of NFL quarterbacks this year, guys with proven track records, who are seriously struggling. If nothing else, it's distressing to fantasy football players.
I'll preface this by saying that, yeah, lots of NFL quarterbacks are having great, huge statistical seasons.
That's the way the league is now; it's to the point that a team without a 3,000-yard passer is in the minority and, usually, irrelevant come playoff time.
That said, there's a number of quarterbacks this year, guys with proven track records, guys who seemed as sure a thing as any to keep playing at a high level, who are seriously struggling. If nothing else, it's distressing to fantasy football players.
Look no further than the Ravens' Joe Flacco, whose team is 1-5. Flacco's on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards (that'd be a first in his career) but also has just one fewer interception (seven) than touchdown pass (eight). He's not working with much of a supporting cast, it seems, but his turnovers have been untimely, to say the least.
Flacco's always been inconsistent from half-to-half and game-to-game, but rarely like this. And he's certainly won more games than he's lost. He's thrown more than 12 interceptions in a season just once (22 in 2013), but he seems like a lock to approach 20 this season. This after the best statistical season of his career in 2014.
Then there's Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, whose disappointing statistical performance hasn't prevented his from team starting the season 6-0.
Manning, like Flacco, is on pace for more than 4,000 passing yards. But he's also thrown 10 interceptions and seven touchdown passes. In a Hall-of-Fame career, Manning has never thrown fewer than 20 touchdown passes and has thrown more than 19 interceptions just twice. He's on pace to do both this year. This must be what 39 looks like for him.
Most shocking, though, might be the Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck.
Luck, injured for a couple of games, hasn't been as good as expected when he has played. He's thrown seven interceptions in four games and is completing 57.2 percent of his pass attempts, an unsuitable statistical line for a player talked about as an MVP candidate before the season began.
The turnovers aren't necessarily a surprise -- he threw 16 interceptions and fumbled eight times last year. But where's the production? He's on pace to pass for a career-low 21 touchdowns a season after he threw 40.
Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers' franchise quarterback, got the better of the Ravens on Sunday. But he's been in a tailspin for most of this season; he's thrown six touchdown passes, five interceptions and leads one of the league's worst offenses.
In Miami, Ryan Tannehill is following up a 4,000-yard, 27-touchdown season in 2014, when he completed more than 66 percent of his pass attempts, by completing 59.5 percent of his attempts this year. He's also thrown seven interceptions in five games.
Usual suspects Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan -- plus Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer -- are having the kind of statistical impacts that you might have expected some of the other players mentioned here to have before the season began.
Flacco and Manning have new offensive coordinators. Luck's offensive line struggles to block without committing penalties. Tannehill's coach was fired a few games into the season; Kaepernick's is in his first year after the unceremonious split between Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers.
The struggles are real, but they haven't come in a vacuum.