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QB Strengths and Weaknesses Based on Astrology

What can the zodiac tell us about NFL QB strengths and weaknesses? Take a look at the traits for QB’s and what context astrology can add.

NFL QB Zodiac Signs
Edit: Danny Schwartz/On Tap Sports Net

This is it. What we have been looking for. Here is the missing link to QB evaluation and projection. It is as clear as day, astrology directly points to quarterback strengths and weaknesses. How have we not seen it previously? Get yourself an Aries, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Capricorn under center, and count your Super Bowl rings.

In all seriousness, I began this data dump by looking for any correlations based on what month NFL QB’s were born. I found that astrology signs actually showed more dividing lines in the data than birth months, so I am just going with it. You could say the zodiac was speaking to me. Maybe there is a higher power dictating who finds success in the NFL. Let’s get weird.

Without further ado, here are the QB strengths and weaknesses based on astrology. Advanced stats such as EPA per Play, CPOE, and ADOT are explained here. All stats are pulled from Pro Football Reference as well as the RBSDM stats page. The QB’s reviewed were born in 1975 or later, and were either first-round picks or notable QB’s in their era (i.e. won a Super Bowl, All Pro, etc.). All astrology information is available in much more detail on the world wide web.

SB W / All Pro = % of QBs to win any # of Super Bowls / All Pro

Some astrology based predictions for QB’s who have yet to start an NFL game:

  • Mac Jones: Virgo (good things coming)
  • Trey Lance: Taurus (boom / bust)
  • Justin Fields: Pisces (not bad)
  • Zach Wilson: Leo (not bad)
  • Trevor Lawrence: Libra (ouch)
  • Jordan Love: Scorpio (that’s going to hurt)

Aries – The Ram QB

Aries QB’s are RARE. Only two of the 87 QB’s in the group are Aries: Peyton Manning and Baker Mayfield. Both of these QB’s have posted above-average EPA per play in their careers, along with above-average CPOE and ADOT. Manning won two Super Bowls and has plenty of hardware to pair with his illustrious career. Mayfield won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018, and although his career could still go any number of ways, he had a strong 2020 campaign. Good stuff, Browns fans.

Aries have an incredible ability to meditate in a competitive fashion.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and that is how they see themselves: first. Aries are leaders of the pack, the first to get things moving. Whether they get everything done is a separate question, as these individuals prefer to initiate rather than complete. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“I feel like he’s the pied piper of Oklahoma Football. When he walked into the building, he made this sound – kind of went ‘hee hee’ – and all the players in the building started going ‘hee hee’, and here we go. Most unbelieveable thing I’ve ever seen.”

– Hue Jackson discussing Baker Mayfield

Strengths

  • Impressive leadership traits
  • Ability to “rally the troops” against insurmountable odds
  • Have a personal magnetism
  • Fearlessly treks into the unknown
  • Bundle of energy and dynamism, kind of like the pied piper, leading with charm and charisma

Weaknesses

  • Can become blunt, harsh, or cruel under stress
  • Not always a team player, lacks patience as they value quick decisions and gut impulses
  • Communication can be a challenge, as they may already be putting actions in motion before the conversation ends
  • Does not always want to hear recommendations or advice, preferring to learn from experience
  • Rash decisions could become self-destructive and affect others

Virgo – The Virgin QB

Virgo QB’s, while rare, have been more common in recent years due to two QB’s who entered the league in 2017: Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. The group has excelled, posting above-average EPA per Play on average. They have shown mixed CPOE results, with a consistently above-average depth of target. The most consistent trait among the four Virgo QB’s is the tendency to go deep, with all of them posting ADOT above 8.7.

Virgos are obsessively neat, and believe everything they do is to perfection. The worst part is that they are absolutely 100% correct. So just add “always right” to the list too.

Virgos are demanding of their skills, attention, and resources. Often the butt of the joke for being precise and critical, but their attention to detail can drive success. Born to serve, as it gives them great joy. Common traits include being industrious, methodical, and efficient, with a strong sense of duty. Strongly oriented towards contemplation and engagement with self-awareness. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“No one really sees pro athletes behind the scenes. They don’t know how hard they work. They don’t see how you work on the basics… You wouldn’t think that someone who hits like Alex Rodriguez needs to use a tee every day.”

– Patrick Mahomes

Strengths

  • Diligent and observant, as the think clearly and learn quickly
  • Calm and conscientious, able to discern what is useful and what is not
  • Often humble and modest
  • Strong communicators, showing intelligence and compassion
  • Blessed with artistic and technical abilities and highly functioning motor skills

Weaknesses

  • Highly functioning mind can become overactive, leading to anxiety
  • May keep themselves busy to avoid personal discomfort, and overwork themselves
  • Hold themselves and others to impossibly high standards of perfection, causing stress
  • Tendency to harbor self-doubt and worry about being good enough, which may prevent them from taking risks or lead to procrastination
  • May fall into obsessive compulsive rituals

Sagittarius – The Centaur QB / The Archer QB

Sagittarius QB’s are the most successful group that are common occurrences in the NFL. These QB’s post above-average EPA per play in total, with above-average CPOE, and an average depth of target. Six of the eight Sagittarius QB’s have been average or better, based on EPA per play, making for a strong hit rate.

Just because you took peyote at burning man one time doesn’t make you a wise soul with 50,000 past lives, Aaron.

Sagittarius is a truth seeker. The best way for them to find truth is to hit the road, talk to others, and get some answers. Knowledge is power for these individuals, as it fuels their broad-minded approach to life. Interested in philosophy and religion to aid their internal quest. What they want most is to know what it is all about, and to find the answers while feeling free. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“Constantly getting knocked down and picking myself back up, the relationships I’ve been able to form with all the different people in different cities, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

– Ryan Fitzpatrick

Strengths

  • Eternal optimist with a bold, jovial disposition
  • Find it easy to be happy and enthusiastic; thirst for adventure carries them to the right place at the right time
  • Rarely succumb to self-doubt, propelling themselves forward in life believing that everything will work out for the best
  • Great teachers due to their life experience and strong story-telling, incorporating lessons in their tales
  • Strong sense of personal integrity, with difficulty in following what they feel to be false roles, ideas, or laws

“Authenticity is everything! You wake up every day and look in the mirror, and you want to be proud of the person looking back at you. And you can only do that if you’re being honest with yourself and being a person of high character. You have an opportunity every single day to write that story of your life.”

– Aaron Rodgers

Weaknesses

  • Passionately state their opinions in the moment, yet reserve the right to change their mind with the same passion
  • Can be seen as unpredictable or unreliable
  • Non-comital when it comes to planning or long-term situations
  • Can become disillusioned, finding regular life and its limitations to be inconvenient and disappointing
  • Can come across as condescending and arrogant with what they see as brutal honesty; need to manage their impulsivity, impatience, and short temper

Capricorn – The Sea Goat QB

Capricorn QB’s are the most common in the NFL. These QB’s generally post slightly above-average EPA per play and CPOE, and an average depth of target. They are your average starting QB. Except for when it comes to winning Super Bowls. Capricorns account for seven Super Bowls since 2007 or half of the super bowl victories since 2007. Maybe they are not all that average.

A Capricorn was the first person to say “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.”

Capricorn is about putting in the hard work, realizing that it will take a lot of consistent work in order to get to the top. They are determined to stay on track in order to reach their ambitions. Tending to adopt a businesslike approach to everything in their life, the Capricorn is practical and realistic in creating their goals. However, they are extremely dedicated to reaching those goals, even to the point of stubbornness.  Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“If we were winning these games and playing perfect… What do you do? Where do you improve? We know we are going to improve because we believe in one another. That’s what great teams do. Great teams find a way to win a game. Bad teams win with ‘prettiness’. I like where we are at. I know we’re going to improve.”

– Nick Foles

Strengths

  • Even-keeled and down to earth, with a strong sense of humor and great resiliency
  • Slow and steady wins the race
  • Good judges of character and easily approachable for advice or a fair assessment
  • Does not shy away from commitment, actually requires it from those around them; extremely loyal to those they trust
  • Old souls who “age in reverse”; begin life with the weight of the world which they gradually learn to let go over time

Weaknesses

  • May have a tendency to put on blinders and become obsessively focused on goals
  • Tend to hold everyone else to their strong work ethic, not understanding that others have different rhythms and needs
  • Sometimes overly traditional or conservative, not leaving room for flexibility in plans
  • When feeling insecure, can cut people out of their life and turn to radical self-reliance, in turn isolating themselves, coming across as judgmental and unforgiving
  • Tends to hide pain behind a mask of self-sufficiency and a dry sense of humor; feel shameful about asking for help

Cancer – The Crab QB

Cancer QB’s are your check-down kings. They are average in EPA per play, above average in CPOE, and below average in depth of target. Meaning they complete many passes, but do not go downfield often, except for Michael Vick who is the clear outlier here. They are most comfortable with the easy and safe throws, which is fitting considering their personality traits.

I thought crabs were supposed to have thick shells?

The Crab is all about their roots, having great pleasure from the comforts of home and family. They boast a nurturing personality and are typically very close with their family. When happy in their home life, they tend to be happy in other aspects of life. Cancers are good storytellers, as they easily draw on memories and emotions to convey details. These individuals proudly wear their hearts on their sleeves. They take pride in being a nurturer, host, protector, or caretaker. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“My wife and my family, they have moved around a lot, and it meant a lot, and been there for me, so to go out there and get to play in a playoff game was special, and I can’t thank them enough for their support, and it was a heck of a ride. I left it all out there, I know that much.”

Josh McCown

Strengths

  • Kind, giving, and sympathetic in nature; strong sense for what other people need
  • Welcoming, as they can be counted on to care for friends, family, and acquaintances
  • Good at reading the emotional tone of a room
  • Familiar, as they tend to give people a feeling like they have met them before
  • Steadfast and loyal, others have an easy time trusting Cancers and confiding in them

Weaknesses

  • Can become too emotionally invested in their space/belongings
  • Vulnerable to projecting their neediness onto others, enabling codependent relationships
  • Too trusting at times, getting stuck holding others emotional baggage
  • Tendency to come across as bossy, smothering, or even manipulative
  • Protective instincts can lead to hyper-vigilance and worry

Leo – The Lion QB

Leo QB’s are one of the most common groups and come in a wide variety with elite QB’s, mediocre QB’s, and all-time busts alike. Which is very fitting considering their personality traits. On average, these QB’s post below-average EPA per play and CPOE, but they are the most aggressive downfield throwers. That downfield aggression is mostly due to Tim Tebow and JaMarcus Russell though. Leo QB’s have won seven Super Bowls, but all of those were won by one QB, Tom Brady. 

While people who correct Leo’s are technically tight, mostly they are just jealous.

Leo loves to be center stage. Their number one goal is to make an impression, which they easily accomplish with their personal magnetism. An ambitious bunch, these individuals have an impressive sense of purpose that allows them to accomplish a great deal. Assertive by nature, Leos actively engage with those around them. They have the ability to make their endeavors fun for not only themselves but also for everyone who is along for the ride due to their natural warmth and enthusiasm. Leos do not shy away from the limelight, and they have a flair for the dramatic and love being the center of attention.  Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“A lot of times I find that the people who are blessed with the most talent don’t ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren’t blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.”

– Tom Brady

Strengths

  • Natural born leaders, drawing on competitive nature, courage and confidence to lead those around them
  • Rarely question themselves, and have a strong base of self-assuredness
  • Have a strong sense of pride and loyalty; praise and adoration make them feel alive
  • Encouraging to those around them, building up their peers abilities and self-confidence
  • Strong ability to keep everyone connected to a message and purpose through their motivating presence

Weaknesses

  • Can become too passionate in their opinions and principles, defending them even after the belief may have subsided
  • Difficulty in admitting when they are wrong
  • Hunger for the limelight can make them ruthless and self-serving
  • May have vulnerabilities and insecurities not seen that drive them, potentially leading to over-dependency on compliments and assurances
  • Can be derailed by vanity and jealousy, as they can become deeply jealous and competitive with anybody who takes away from their shine
  • Must learn that there is enough love in the world for everyone, and everyone needs a chance to shine

Pisces – The Two Fishes QB

Pisces QB’s are among the less common, with only six QB’s. This group appears to be fairly boom or bust, with Ben Roethlisberger and Justin Herbert representing the boom side of the spectrum. Tua is likely still to be determined, and it is tough to read at this time. On average, these QB’s have been below average in EPA per play, CPOE, and ADOT. However, Big Ben has brought home two Lombardi trophies.

A Pisces might block people who left them on “read”, only to unblock them two hours later to see if they responded.

Pisces brings together many of the traits found in the other 11 signs. Most notably, these individuals are selfless, spiritual, and focused on their inner journey. They heavily weigh their feelings, and it is common for them to feel their peers’ joys and burdens as strongly as their own. Strongly intuitive, the Pisces is comfortable in an illusory world. Oriented towards contemplation and engagement with self-awareness, these individuals bring a soulful and healing dynamic to their relationships and communities. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“I see talent. I don’t see fire….Quite, not outgoing. He’s smart but he doesn’t have that aggressive personality.”

– NFL Scout on Justin Herbert pre-draft

Strengths

  • Sympathetic and receptive by nature, wired to offer spiritual and artistic gifts to the world
  • Can be counted on to offer help to those in need
  • Tend to drift through life on their schedule and follow a sense that everything is unfolding as it should
  • Retain a strong sense of innocence and wonder throughout their life, believing in the good of others and often giving the benefit of the doubt
  • An old soul that is constantly ready to move or adapt to new surroundings or ideas, making it hard for them to become bored or stuck in a rut

Weaknesses

  • May take certain comments to heart too often, becoming easily hurt
  • Sometimes struggle to follow through or stick to tedious details
  • Must realize that others may take advantage of their selflessness
  • May get lost in escapism and avoidance if not addressing their own emotional needs
  • Need to learn to let the insensitivity of others roll off their back

Taurus – The Bull QB

Taurus QB’s are one of the most common groups to play in the NFL, with ten QB’s. Six of the ten QB’s have been average or better, but the other four QB’s drag down their averages. They are below average in EPA per play, CPOE, and ADOT, in total. 

Writes out five text drafts before sending one that just says “ok.”

Taurus has a love for rewards, reveling in excess. Seeking comfort, these individuals like to surround themselves with pleasing and soothing things. They want to live the good life in every way. Receptive by nature, they are oriented toward contemplation and self-awareness. They are patient and generous with their energy at their core, making them able to dedicate themselves to see things through to the finish. Taurus tend to adorn themselves with fabrics and accessories that are appealing to the eye and have texture that feels good to the touch.

 Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“I’ve played against [DeAngelo Hall] before. There’s no reason to shy away from him. That’s hard for me to say after throwing four picks to a guy. Still, if we had to play them tomorrow, I’d still go after him every time if we could.”

– Jay Cutler

Strengths

  • Able to be resourceful, productive, and consistent in their work
  • Common sense thinkers, carefully considering what they mean to say or do
  • Always complete what they start, and determined to honor commitments
  • Strength in determination and concentration means they rarely forget a lesson learned
  • Routine orientation can help to be organized and productive

Weaknesses

  • Tendency to become complacent, leading to lack of motivation and getting stuck in a rut
  • Adverse to change and overly rooted in their ways, stubbornness and need for control can be a stumbling block
  • Seldom forget a mistake or slight, making it difficult to re-earn their trust
  • Routine orientation can lead to habits outliving usefulness, clinging to habits for a sense of security
  • Vulnerable to fixations and obsessions, getting overly attached to ideas, people, or belongings

Scorpio – The Scorpion QB

Scorpio QB’s seem to have a limited ceiling, with the top QB by EPA per play being Jimmy Garoppolo. This was a common sign, with nine Scorpio QB’s. These QB’s are your runner-up for captain check-down, with the second-lowest average depth of target. For the most part, this group is made up of QB’s who were not awful, and that seems like a fair description for the group. They are not awful.

Scorpios totally trust you, and here are some other hilarious jokes you can tell yourself!

Scorpios are motivated to learn about others. Not big on small talk, they zero in on the essential questions searching what lies beneath the surface. These individuals see the world in black and white without much concern for what lies in between. Natural investigators, Scorpios have a curious nature and are always looking to feed that curiosity with probing questions that follow their keen intuition. They have a strong ability to concentrate their energy on specific projects and tend to be magnetic, sensitive, and secretive at times. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“I’m not necessarily the guy that’s going to get in your face and scream at you or anything like that. I’ll say what I need to, but I like my actions to show what I’m about.”

– Andy Dalton

Strengths

  • Devoted, observant, hard-working, and determined in nature, deeply committed to study and research
  • Prefer to let others play their cards first to better understand the dynamics of the relationship
  • Curious about the hidden facets of life that others may shy away from, unique draw to be of service to those who suffer the most
  • Often misunderstood but tend to be sensitive, empathetic, and compassionate
  • Keep a close inner circle that they are extremely loyal to, with a natural underdog psyche
  • Understanding of trauma and survival gives them strength

Weaknesses

  • Can become rigid and fixated when forced to adapt to change or let go of an idea
  • Suspicious and slow to trust, may use what others have revealed to be manipulative and controlling
  • Slow to forgive and can be vengeful in circumstances
  • Tend to take a pessimistic or nihilistic worldview, finding it difficult to relax, trust, or enjoy life’s simple pleasures
  • On the extreme end, drawn to the fringes of society seeking thrill and adventure, putting themselves in danger and potentially becoming self-destructive

Gemini – The Twins QB

Gemini QB’s outside of Josh Allen and Derek Carr have generally been bad. The likes of Jake Locker, Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones, and Kyle Boller are also in this group. These QB’s do have a penchant for the deep ball, but they are not very efficient in converting those deep attempts.

You won’t have to deal with Geminis multiple personalities if you act right the first time.

Geminis love to talk, especially when it comes to informed conversation. These individuals are intellectually inclined with a probing nature, valuing the search for information.  Not only do they love to learn, but they also love to teach, easily sharing the information that they have gathered. They tend to be the life of the party. Although the Gemini rationalizes on end, they also have a strong imagination to tap into, making them rarely boring. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“I’m not going to sit here and say I know everything about everything. I definitely have work to do. The thing is, I’m willing to admit that.”

– Josh Allen

Strengths

  • Intelligence, paired with keen and articulate communication skills
  • Curious nature with a playful disposition make it easy to engage with the world around them
  • Rarely bored, and able to propel themselves outward to discover new information
  • Adaptable in using their talents, easily blending into new environments
  • Excellent at connecting with others and getting others to let their guard down

Weaknesses

  • Can come across as overly intellectual, leaning too much on encyclopedic knowledge
  • Must learn to process, assimilate, and apply information in a tangible and useful way
  • May have a short attention span, jumping around rather than committing to one topic
  • Tend to be emotionally evasive, using humor to distract or deflect for deeper issues
  • Curiosity can become annoying, relentless, or cruel if not measured by social boundaries and respect
  • Difficult to read their intentions; can be described as “two-faced” at times

Libra – The Scales QB

Aside from Jameis Winston, not a single of the seven Libra QB’s had a positive CPOE. Additionally, these QB’s have a penchant for the check-down, Winston aside. Goff is included in this group, and his stats are better than his play. Matt Hasselbeck is in here as well, who had some great years in Seattle that were watered down by playing late into his career as a journeyman. Overall, you do not want to be a member of this group.

A Libra just hopes both teams have fun.

Libras focus on others, and the influence others have on themselves. These individuals do not like to be alone. Everything is better when done with others, and Libras are better when they are with others. They epitomize balance, harmony, and a sense of fair play. These people are team players at work and strong companions. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“I got to spend time with the practice squad receivers and tight ends or a young center who’s always inactive on Sundays… I feel really good about having an impact on those guys and their careers.”

– Matt Hasselbeck

Strengths

  • Ability to put others first for the sake of the team
  • Great communicators and listeners, fairly weighing all sides of an argument
  • Inclusive by nature, and sensitive to when others feel alienated, seeking justice and fairness
  • Not likely to hold grudges, typically assume the best intentions in others and often give chances for redemption
  • Aware of how settings can set the tone for interactions

Weaknesses

  • Challenged when forced to adapt and be more self-focused
  • Often puts own feelings aside, leading to suppressed emotions that can lead to resentment
  • Generosity can lead to over commitment, becoming spread too thin due to never saying no
  • Indecisive, due to need to weigh all sides
  • Can come across as aloof or snobby at times

Aquarius – The Water-Bearer QB

Overall, the Aquarius group of QB’s shows some promise but is dragged way down by two massive busts (Paxton Lynch and Josh Rosen). Those two aside, you have some very good starters in Matthew Stafford, Daunte Culpepper, and David Garrard, and all the potential that was RG3. This group enjoys throwing deep, but CPOE was generally below average. Based on the averages, this group had the lowest EPA per play, but I would consider this group better than some previously discussed.

If they were wrong, they would know it.

Aquarians are humanitarian, philanthropic, and seek to make the world a better place. These individuals want to make the world work better, aiming their focus on how things work. They are visionaries who spend time thinking about how things can improve. Quick to engage others in their process, they have many friends and acquaintances. Dedicated to their projects, Aquarians use their intelligent and inventive nature to sustain through the completion of each objective. Let’s take a look at some of the QB strengths and weaknesses:

“At some point, universities have to do more to prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football. There’s so much money being made in this sport. It’s a crime to not do everything you can to help people who are making it for those who are spending it.”

– Josh Rosen

Strengths

  • Intelligent, with ability to not be mired in subjectivity that could block out fresh perspectives
  • Affinity for the abstract that allows them to examine problems and innovative solutions
  • Good judges of character and dependable when rationality is needed
  • Known for cleverness and a dry wit while maintaining a cool and collective exterior
  • Naturally curious and inquisitive, they are not afraid to take risks or play contrarian

Weaknesses

  • Tendency to be overly intellectual in life, seeming cold, distant, or unfeeling
  • Perplexed when facing situations they cannot think their way out of
  • Can become so theoretical in ideas that they can be difficult to relate to
  • Tend to become fixed in their principles, holding others to higher standards than attainable
  • Contrarian nature can lead to being rebellious and disruptive without a purpose

Conclusion

The zodiac has weird ways. We do not understand it, nor should we try. But you should try to get yourself a QB who is an Aries, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Capricorn if you want to see some Super Bowl rings in your future. You could even settle for a Pisces or Leo. I desperately need the regular season to get here.


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bryson
bryson
1 month ago

good stuff! i’d be interested to see a rb and wr too haha

kay
kay
10 days ago

I love that you studied this. I have done a small study with all of the QBs from 2020 and 2021. One question though—-I have Derek Carr as an Aries, not a Gemini. Double check your source.

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