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Pressure makes diamonds. It also bursts pipes.
NFL quarterbacks know a thing or two about pressure both on and off the field. The burden on a QB’s shoulder pads is arguably the greatest for any single position in American sports. QB greatness is ultimately defined by championships, but a lot more goes into it than just numbers and accolades.
That said, here are the nine NFL quarterbacks with the most to prove in 2018.
— Joe Flacco: (2017 stats: 16 games/16 starts, 18 TDs, 13 INT, 3,141 yards, 9-7 record)
The writing is on the wall for Flacco, and in big, bold letters, it says, “Lamar Jackson, haha.” Flacco’s mega-contract in Baltimore has not entirely paid for itself, given his general blah-ness as a quarterback since winning the Super Bowl; a 38-36 record and 98 touchdowns to 74 interceptions in the five years since.
At this stage in Flacco’s career, everyone knows who he is as a quarterback. His team knows, too, hence the Jackson pick. If Flacco is to set himself up for a new team in 2019, he needs to show flashes of good Flacco, not bad Flacco.
— Eli Manning: (2017 stats: 15 games/15 starts, 19 TDs, 13 INT, 3,468 yards. 3-12 record)
A 37-year-old, two-time Super Bowl MVP does not have a lot to prove[......]