'Tis the season for rankings.
This lull on the football calendar before training camp means the Internet will be scattered with just about every list and ranking you can imagine. Over at The MMQB, Andy Benoit ranked the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Of course the Buffalo Bills' competition will continue into August, but they took dead last in this ranking.
There's a lot to like about the Bills' offseason. What was already one of the league's best defenses now is now coached by one of the best defensive minds in the game. Sammy Watkins is a year older. LeSean McCoy is an elite running back still in his prime. Charles Clay is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the game. The offensive guard play will improve.
And yet ... the age-old problem here in Western New York lingers. Quarterback. Veteran Matt Cassel, 2013 first-rounder E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor will all compete for the No. 1 job at St. John Fisher College this summer. This offseason, the Bills decided not to overspend, overdraft or pull off a costly trade for someone else. Time will tell if Rex Ryan can win the old fashioned way — with defense and a running game.
So is this the worst QB situation in the NFL? In reality, a bunch of teams should probably be lumped together.
The Cleveland Browns will be trotting out 36-year-old Josh McCown, who had a 70.5 passer rating as Tampa Bay's starter last season. It's unknown if Johnny Manziel's unorthodox style will ever transfer.
The New York Jets are hoping things click for Geno Smith in Year 3 as the starter. He has completed only 57.5 percent of his passes for 2,525 yards with 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.
Both Tampa Bay and Tennessee are breaking in rookie quarterbacks. The Houston Texans settled on vet Brian Hoyer this off-season, much like Buffalo did with Cassel.
Blake Bortles flashed some athleticism as a rookie in Jacksonville last season but still must improve his decision-making (11 touchdowns, 17 interceptions).
And in Washington, Robert Griffin III's star has faded fast.
Here in Buffalo, Ryan is banking on someone (don't forget about Matt Simms, either) breaking away from the pack. But as he said himself, the Bills "don't have LeBron at quarterback." They'll be trying to win in different ways.
Vote in the poll and let'r rip in the comment section ...