If Ben gets in, on the teams he was on, then Jim Plunkett deserves to get in. Similar career, though Plunkett had more bad early years in New England on worse teams, and Ben lasted longer. Zero off-field distractions from Plunkett. Otherwise, similar. Both known for coming up clutch when it mattered most more than anything.
To Ben's credit, he completely cleaned up his act when he got married, then became a father. Probably fell in love with a smart woman who simply wouldn't put up with his BS.
The Browns and 49ers also need to get results with Watson and Lance after investing so much. Watson is a known quantity but Lance has to produce more this season or he becomes just another failed project QB.
No pressure, Trey.
You are spot on about him. 100% he's the starter for next season, from pre-season, through the full season, unless he gets hurt. As you said, we saw far more from Purdy in his limited time on the team. What other option does SF have? Trade him for a mid-round pick maybe? Should be an interesting off-season for the 49ers. Bosa hinted at a team friendly contract. They have a bit of wiggle room in 2023, especially with no Purdy, and could use it to shape things up for 2024 in other positions if things don't go well. Similar to what happened in 2020.
Browns? I posted before signing Watson to that contract, and giving up those picks, was one of the most foolish deals in NFL history. It would not surprise me at all if the Browns finish in last place next season, and fire Kevin Stefanski (even though he apparently never wanted Watson in the first place). That's how owner Jimmy Haslem works.
How did Wilson see over the line at Seattle?
See: Malcom Butler.
They moved him more. The team also ran the ball fairly well, always. Remember a guy named Marshawn Lynch? Pretty good RB.
However, when they did move Russ, he was willing to run some. Often to the outside, out of bounds, stretching an extra few yards. Even scramble and get hit a little. He wasn't doing that much his last year or so in Seattle, and almost none in Denver. As I said, he seems to have lost a step, and isn't willing to get hit if he can at all avoid it.
Failure to make the playoffs this upcoming season would be a complete failure on Payton's ability to fix the problem.
And Wilson's with that contract. I have to agree, certainly from the owner's perspective. I wouldn't expect them to upend KC (who I think will win the SB, and not
have a SB hangover, even if they don't win), but I would fully expect Denver to make the playoffs, even if at 10-7. No worse. The Chargers are good, but lack the depth and defense of Denver (if Wilson is any good still!), and angry Raider fans can complain all they like, but the team is rebuilding. Very poor defense. No depth at OL. If the Raiders signed Aaron Rodgers, they will still likely finish 8-9. I doubt Dave Ziegler wants him, but Mark Davis has a subtle history of making snap decisions, and might think such a signing would fill seats, sell swag, etc.