Good Quarterbacks – Few and Far Between

With the 2008 NFL season approaching and the offseason in full swing, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how many teams have some sort of question mark at the quarterback position. With what I’ve come up with it looks like nearly 75% of the teams in the league have either a question of who their starting quarterback will be or how reliable their starter is, whether that be in terms of staying healthy or consistent play on the field.

I will break down each teams quarterback situation team by team and organized by division.

NFC East

Cowboys – Set with Tony Romo

Giants – Set with Eli Manning but was the end of last year a fluke? Last season was his lowest passer rating since his rookie season, but because of his performance throughout the playoffs people think he’s found his rhythm. Has he?

Eagles – set with McNabb but can he stay healthy? McNabb hasn’t played all 16 games of a season since 2003. If they want to make a playoff run, then they need to keep McNabb healthy.

Redskins – Jason Campbell or Todd Collins? Jason Campbell seemed to be developing well when he got hurt last year, but the Collins stepped in and performed well. The Redskins have said that they are committed to Campbell but I think the battle for the starting spot will continue through training camp.

NFC West

Cardinals – Matt Leinart or Kurt Warner? Do you go with the young talent who has showed some promise and is supposed to be the future of your franchise or do you go with the proven veteran, who when called upon last year stepped in and performed well?

49ers – Alex Smith or Shaun Hill? Alex Smith was supposed to be their quarterback for years to come when they drafted him, but he hasn’t performed up to his expectations, and Shaun Hill could easily win the starting job either during preseason or at some point during the regular season. No matter what, I don’t think that either quarterback is going to be good enough.

Seahawks – Set with Matt Hasselbeck.

Rams – Set with Marc Bulger but can the o-line keep him healthy? If not then is Trent Green a good enough back up, especially considering he struggles to stay healthy?

NFC North

Bears – Kyle Orton or rex grossman? I don’t think either is a good option. They say that they’re sticking with grossman, but I personally would go with Orton.

Lions – Set with Jon Kitna. Set with him and his predictions.

Packers – Aaron Rodgers, Brian Brohm or Matt Flynn? I’m going to assume this will be Rodgers, but will he be able to step in to his role and perform at the level that they need him to if they intend to stay on top of that division? Or will his lack of experience, and the teams loss of their leader weigh them down?

Vikings – Tavaris Jackson or John David Booty? Jackson hasn’t exactly established himself as a starter quality player, but I wouldn’t say Booty is starter ready either. I’d give this one to Jackson because he’s got some experience and is only in the third season, so he might be able to develop into a more reliable player.

NFC South

Falcons – Matt Ryan, Chris Redman or Joey Harrington? I’m guessing they’ll go with Matt Ryan, due to the fact that this is going to be such a huge rebuilding year for them so it’ll be good for him to get the experience when there isn’t a whole lot on the line and on his shoulders.

Panthers – Set with Jake Delhomme but can he stay healthy? He got injured last year and they signed the 44-year-old Vinny Testaverde. If Delhomme gets injured again, they might find themselves just as desperate again.

Saints – Set with Drew Brees, and have a solid backup with Mark Brunell.

Buccaneers – Set with Jeff Garcia, but he’s getting to the end of his career. Where will they turn to next?

AFC East

Bills – Trent Edwards or J.P. Losman? Losman had a promising third season, but was benched last year and replaced by Edwards. I think the Bills will start Edwards, but it will be interesting to see.

Dolphins – Josh McCown, John Beck or Chad Henne? I don’t think that any of these quarterbacks are the answer that the Dolphins need to turn this franchise around. But Bill Parcells knows what he’s doing. Maybe they’ll grab Matt Stafford in the 2009 draft or something.

pats – set with tom brady

Jets – Chad Pennington, Kellen Clemens or Erik Ainge? I really think that any of these three guys could win the starting position between know and September. I’ve read that the Jets have been impressed with Ainge so far, but Chad Pennington will probably get the starting role just because he’s a more proven veteran, over Ainge, 21 years old, and Clemens, 24.

AFC West

Broncos – Set with Jay Cutler but what if his diabetes turn out to be a bigger problem than we think?

Chiefs – Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard or Tyler Thigpen? They’re going to start Croyle but if I were them I’d take a good hard look at Thigpen, because I remember watching him in preseason game last year and being really impressed.

Raiders – Set with JaMarcus Russell. We’ll finally see if 2007’s first overall pick was worth it.

Chargers – Set with Philip Rivers.

AFC North

Ravens – Kyle Boller, Troy Smith, or Joe Flacco? This will probably be Boller just due to the fact that he has the most experience, but again, I don’t see any of these players being a long term solution.

Bengals – Set with Carson Palmer.

Browns – Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn? Derek Anderson will get the starting role, and Brady Quinn will be a back up, that we will all anxiously await to see if his career ever takes off.

Steelers – Set with Ben Roethlisberger.

AFC South

Texans – Set with Matt Schaub.

Colts – Set with Peyton Manning.

Jaguars – Set with David Garrard. Last year was by far his best season since he’s been in the NFL but can he do it again? He had a 6 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio. It’ll be difficult to live up to the expectations that he created for himself.

Titans – Set with Vince Young. Young still needs to prove himself as a passing QB, which won’t be any easier considering the Titans haven’t provided him with many weapons to throw to.

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4 Responses

  1. Todd Collins isn’t half the QB Campbell is. No way in hell does Collins start.

  2. I agree… but I had read on ESPN that it would be one of the positional battles to look out for around the league… I’m glad to get an opinion from a Redskins fan though.

  3. The entire world was hanging off of Todd Collins balls because he did enough not to lose any games. No one ever said anything about him before and they probably won’t say much after. Campbell is the way to go.

    Cardinals go with Matt Lienhert. Its time to see him play and lead providing he is healthy.
    Bears should use Orton.
    Packers will use Rodgers. He deserves the job.
    Ravens will probably use Flacco some. I say he starts next year.
    Falcons use Ryan.
    Vikings use Jackson.
    Dolphins I am going with Henne by the end of the year.
    Bills will use Trent Edwards
    Chiefs will use Croyle.

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