Thread for NFL discussion before the 2018 NFL season. To kick off the thread, I wanted to vent about QB evaluations (something I’ve probably said several times before). When evaluating QBs, in addition to look at their performance statistics, the performance of the OL, WRs/TEs, quality of the running game, and nature of the offense and play calling must be factored in. If these things aren’t, the assessment of the QB is close to worthless. In other words, evaluating a QB must be done within the context of his supporting cast and the nature of the offense. I’m pretty sure this is an uncontroversial point–and some may think this is an unnecessary point because it’s obvious. Yet, time and again, I hear people making comments that seem to not take the contextual factors into account. If a QBs stats dip, I’ll hear analysts talk as if the QB is entirely to blame, as if the supporting cast might have been the primary reason for this. The opposite can occur as well. Analysts can give more credit to the QB, overlooking the fact that the supporting cast is really terrific. In any event, failing to account for these factors that affect a QB’s performance is a big pet peeve of mine.