(Way Too Early) 2018 Supporting Cast Rankings – Offense

In my article “Defining Franchise Quarterback,” I defined franchise quarterback as one who consistently elevates his supporting cast (vs. being propped up by them). What I found was that the performance for all quarterbacks is tied closely to the quality of their supporting casts.

In Part One of this series, I ranked the offensive line for each of the 32 teams in the NFL to account for the quality of pass protection each quarterback should receive in 2018.

OL chart 2018

In Part Two, I ranked the passing game weapons for each team to account for the quarterback performance boost provided by his player makers.

weapons chart 2018

In this final installment in this series, I’ll bring it all together to determine which quarterbacks will have the best and worst supporting casts in 2018.

Methodology

  1. Ranked each team’s OL Score.
  2. Ranked each team’s Weapons Score.
  3. Weighted average of OL ranks and Weapons ranks to create Supporting Cast score.

SC rank 2018

Immediate takeways

  • Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger should continue to be buoyed by their great supporting casts (hold outs notwithstanding).
  • We should be very excited about Patrick Mahomes. Kelce + Hill + Watkins + Hunt = *insert fire emoji*
  • Real MVP” Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and Deshaun Watson will need to harness their elite athleticism to repeat their recent seasons of success.
  • Case Keenum should surprise again in 2018.
  • Tyrod Taylor and the Browns could be THE surprise of the upcoming season.

Thanks for reading.

Feel free to hit me up @brownjayson on Twitter with any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

TEAM SC Rank SC Score
ATL 1 2.8
PIT 2 3.4
KC 3 6.2
NO 4 8
TEN 5 8.6
NE 6 9
PHI 7 10.6
TB 8 11.4
MIN 9 11.6
DEN 10 11.8
CLV 11 12.6
DAL 12 12.8
DET 13 13.6
CIN 14 14
CAR 15 14.4
OAK 16 15
LAR 17 15.6
CHI 18 15.8
LAC 19 16.8
SF 20 17.8
GB 21 19.2
ARZ 22 19.6
WAS 23 21.4
JAX 24 23.6
NYG 25 23.8
BLT 26 24
IND 27 25
MIA 28 26.6
SEA 29 26.8
HST 30 27.8
BUF 31 28.4
NYJ 32 30

 

 

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