3 NFL quarterbacks who should be benched after Week 5

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Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team

Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team. (Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

These NFL starting quarterbacks played poorly enough in Week 5 to consider being benched.

An NFL team is only as good as its starting quarterback allows them to be.

Though there are other factors that go into winning and losing, the play of the man under center allows a team to either sink or swim. For some franchises, it is abundantly clear that they have got their guy. As for those who cannot agree with that logic, that is a tough place reside in. When a team’s starting quarterback cannot be trusted, it is hard to build a winning culture in the long run.

Here are three starting quarterbacks who played bad enough to possibly be benched in Week 6.

NFL Week 5: 3 quarterbacks who played bad enough to be benched next week

Taylor Heinicke
QB Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team got the bad side of Taylor Heinicke in Week 5

While Taylor Heinicke was a huge reason why the Washington Football Team defeated the Atlanta Falcons in his hometown last week, this was not a banner day for the former Old Dominion quarterback. He played down to Jameis Winston’s level of sloppiness in a very winnable game vs. the New Orleans Saints. Heinicke completed fewer than half of his passes in his team’s latest loss.

Simply put, 248 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions are not going to cut it against a team that has won its division each of the last four years. Washington fell to 2-3 on the season and now boast a lackluster 1-2 record at FedEx Field. It may be a while before Ryan Fitzpatrick is healthy enough to start for them, but Washington is going to have to live and die by Heinicke for now.

What is even more troubling is the same Washington defense that electrified the league a year ago is no more. Then again, we should have expected this because defenses change year-over-year. However, Heinicke is nowhere near as consistent enough to keep Washington in games where he has to win it with his arm. They rolled the dice with him once again, and they got burned.

Bad quarterback play and a defensive regression are why Washington will not make the playoffs.

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