Changing of the Guard
by John Jastremski
Jan 08, 2020 | 4634 views | 0 0 comments | 586 586 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The NFL’s first weekend of playoff action delivered in a big way. Two overtime classics, upsets and four one-score games.

The drama was everywhere this past weekend.

Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson started the party, rallying his team from 16 points down in a come-from-behind effort against the Buffalo Bills.

Watson, who was famous for such comebacks in his Clemson days, brought some of that same magic to his second playoff start.

Watson’s game is prototypical in the modern-day NFL, and his comeback win was rather symbolic for the direction the league is headed when it comes to the quarterback position.

The element of mobility is becoming more and more of an important factor at the most-important position on the field.

For two of the best quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, that level of mobility has never been a part of the playbook, but in fairness, it also hasn’t been necessary to their success.

Brady and Brees will be in Canton soon enough, but this past weekend looked like quarterbacks very much on the north side of 40.

Can both respond in 2021 and ride off into the sunset? Certainly, but Brady and Brees are a dying breed.

This postseason feels like the dawning of a new era in NFL Football.

Three quarterbacks under the age 25 or younger are starting in the Divisional Round for the first time ever.

DeShaun Watson, last year’s MVP Patrick Mahomes, and this year’s soon-to-be MVP Lamar Jackson.

These three should be fixtures in January in the way that Manning, Brady and Roethlisberger were for so many years.

The league has seen the quarterback position transform. Being able to find the players who produce the big results will lead to great success.

The playoffs have a much different feel kicking of 2020 with new faces, new teams and new dynamic stars.

Let the games begin!

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