Big Ben Tuesday: Daniel Jones, Ryan Fitzpatrick and QBs with Unearned Nicknames

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STAMFORD, CT: You gotta give credit to Daniel Jones  credit for trying to truck his way into the end zone vs Dallas. But the QB sure looked wobbly after. With their top five or six skill position players on the shelf, he may want to ride this injury out a few weeks. Let Mike Glennon try to move the ball throwing it to CJ Board and Evan Engram, with Booker toting the rock. It might be time to change his nickname from “Danny Dimes” to “Danny Wobbles?” I kid, he’s looked good of late. But I think we can all admit that the “Dimes” moniker was given a bit prematurely. Here’s a few other QB nicknames that were not really earned.

“Matty Ice”Need I mention the Super Bowl meltdown? What’s the opposite of ice? Matty Fire? No, that doesn’t work. Matty Panic? You get the idea.

Kenny “Snake” Stabler – According to his ex-wife,worm would have been more appropriate.

Ryan “Fitzmagic” – I guess you could say it’s magical to have the most passing yards and TDs for a QB that has never made the playoffs. That throw last year when his face mask was getting yanked was fantastic, but magic happens in the playoffs, pal. He had the Jets there, but choked. Choking is not magical.

“Broadway Joe” Namath – I think “Times Square Joe” would have worked better. Lots of flash but lacking in grit. All sizzle and no steak. All pop and no corn. All oats and no meal. Imagine someone being nominated for the Hall of Fame now, with a 50.1% completion percentage… to go with 173 TDs and 223 interceptions? Egads, man. I’d rather look at the video of him drunkenly trying to make out with Suzy Kolber or Management’s beloved Pete Rose in his leopard skivvies pic, than look at Namath’s stats again.

Johnny “Football” Manziel – As good as Manziel was in college, it’s surprising that he only got eight NFL starts. Hey, his stats weren’t that bad. If he played in Namath’s day, be would’ve been a first ballot HOFer.

That’s it for me. Come back tomorrow for a man whose moniker is well earned, Angry Ward. Follow us on Twitter at @benwhit, @MeetTheMatts, @Matt_McCarthy00, Instagram @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

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Ben Whitney comes from journalistic stock. Aside from his brothers, rumor has that his great-great grandfather was the youngest brother of Eli Whitney and covered the earliest "rounders" games. Big Ben is also another New York Rugby Club player/pal of Different Matt, Short Matt and Junoir Blaber. He likes film noir discussions, has twin girls and took up ice hockey after retiring from rugby.