To QB or not to QB, that is the question.
According to Jerry Maguire, “We live in a cynical, cynical world.” At least you do; I’m a robot and couldn’t care less about your world. But I do care about the NFL, and no one is more cynical than die-hard fans when it comes to their quarterback situation. With some exceptions, of course.
No one worries about Tom Brady unless we are talking about his hair — I prefer it high and tight. Last time I “discount double-checked,” Aaron Rogers is still a stud. Peyton Manning might be a few vertebrae short of himself, and Eli might be a couple chromosomes short of Peyton, but they both know how to throw a football.
If Gregg Williams had offered “cash for gold” instead of cash for hits, you’d see that Drew Brees is the same old Drew. And regardless of what Big Ben gets himself into, or tries to get himself into off the field, on the field he’s a heck of a football player.
That about rounds out the “elite” QB’s in the league. Yes, there is NO Joe Flacco, I didn’t forget anyone. And let’s wait until the playoffs before we throw Matty Ice into the mix.
After this group you have Matt Schaub, Alex Smith, Josh Freeman, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and Carson Palmer. Notice that Tony Romo didn’t make this category, either. Why? Because “He is what we thought he was” — a Division 1A quarterback and he always has been.
Don’t let Jerry Jones tell you otherwise; Jerry will tell you the ‘Boys have the best GM in the league. Matt Hasselbeck continues to prove he can win at the helm. Smokin’ Jay Cutler is gonna be smokin’ Jay Cutler, and that’s entertainment enough.
The rookies have impressed with RG3, Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. By the way Seattle — great call throwing 26 mil at a guy for one week’s performance, I can’t believe that didn’t work out. As for everybody else, Fitzy wants to play in Buffalo and that’s more than any other QB can say. The Vikes stopped Pondering Christian and he’s been solid, and Sam Bradford isn’t terrible. Next year will be his year.
So that leaves us with four teams, nine quarterbacks and one question, “To QB or not to QB?”
Philadelphia Eagles – Mike Vick vs. Nick Foles
If Mike Vick didn’t have such a tarnished past, I’m sure Pillsbury would have him as a spokesperson for their new apple turnovers. Vick has 14 turnovers in seven games, so it’s no surprise Philly fans are calling for Foles to start.
So yeah, Foles was great in the preseason, has that Andy Dalton vibe — minus the hair — and rookie QBs have been crushing it! So why not? There is no why not! Step it up, Andy Reid. Say what you will about Pete Carroll, but at least he isn’t afraid to sit the big money for the big winner.
Philly has scored fewer points than every team in the league except Jacksonville. Start Foles, what could go wrong? He fails, and you put Vick back in with a new passion and desire to prove himself?
Jacksonville Jags – Blaine Gabbert vs. Chad Henne/Tim Tebow
Speaking of the lowest scoring team in the NFL. Sure Gabbert’s hurt, but when he was healthy what did he do? And Chad Henne? Are we seriously talking about this? The highest passer rating he’s had in the NFL was a 79. That’s a C+ where I come from and that doesn’t win ball games.
Is Gabbert the future? Maybe he is, but not with that offensive line. With six losses so far, the Jags aren’t turning this ship around but they can still sell seats with two words: TIM TEBOW.
The Tebow experiment in New York is done. As much as Rex Ryan loves the limelight, he’s not starting Tebow. Send him on home to Jacksonville and watch that stadium fill up. And let Gabbert learn from Tebow, if not about football, then about The Lord.
Arizona Cardinals – John Skelton vs. Kevin Kolb vs. Ryan Lindley
Even though Skelton started the season as the Cards’ top QB, Kolb took over for good reason: HE WINS. But he’s not winning much with banged-up ribs. Enter the Fordham alum, John Skelton.
Do I really need to delve into the depths of 1A QB’s? His passer rating is the lowest in the league! Do you know who that means is better than him, EVERYONE! So what about this Ryan Lindley? He was an absolute stud at San Diego State, the same school that produced Marshall Faulk , John Fox, Brian Billick, Herm Edwards and John Madden. Yeah, JOHN MADDEN. Isn’t that enough?
Stick with Skelton, get Kolb healthy and if you fall to 4-6 and Kolb is still hurt, then give Lindley a chance.
Kansas City – Matt Cassel vs. Brady Quinn
Here’s the deal: One year starting in New England’s system landed Cassel a huge contract. The allure of Notre Dame has made Brady Quinn relevant. But let’s be honest, neither of these guys are going to be the cornerstone of your franchise. So start whomever you want! This team needs more than a good QB!
So while fans may have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, there’s always next year.