NFL Quarterback Controversies
With about a month to go before the NFL preseason kicks off some teams are still trying to figure out the face of their franchise. There are numerous clubs juggling quarterbacks heading into training camp . . .
We will be covering the entire off season for each team and giving you a preview of the upcoming 2009 season with updates from now through kickoff of Week 1 of the NFL 2009/10 Season. In our quest to be the ONLINE LEADER in NFL Gambling & NFL Handicapping information we’re way out ahead of the rest.
We will be covering the entire off season for each team and giving you a preview of the upcoming 2009 season with updates from now through kickoff of Week 1 of the NFL 2009/10 Season.
San Francisco 49ers (7.5 win total): Shaun Hill or Alex Smith
Hill isn’t the same pedigree as Smith but his 7-3 record over the past two seasons speaks for itself. He doesn’t posses the same arm strength as his counterpart but has more experience and, as of this writing, owns the starting gig.
San Francisco doesn’t want Smith to become the latest No. 1 overall bust. He missed all of last season with a broken shoulder but has looked good in camp. The team will try to rehabilitate their young pivot and continue his development along with their receiving corps.
New York Jets (7 win total): Mark Sanchez or Kellen Clemens
Clemens is always a bridesmaid after sitting behind Chad Pennington, Brett Favre, and now Mark Sanchez. The former Oregon quarterback has made just 256 pass attempts and completed just over half of those in his four-year career. Like with most star rookie quarterbacks, there will be pressure from the front office and fans to give Sanchez the nod. The USC product started just one year in college but has the swagger that new head coach Rex Ryan is trying to instill in New York.
Cleveland Browns (6.5 win total): Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn
Brady Quinn might have had the starting job locked up if it wasn’t for a broken finger last year. He hasn’t had much time to shine, making just three professional starts. He is a smart passer who can pick apart a defense with his accuracy. Anderson has always been the babysitter until Quinn matures, but he’s made the most of this time. Outside of struggles and a season-ending knee injury last year, the four-year vet did show promise in 2007. But this franchise is moving in a new direction, and Quinn may be at the wheel.
Tennessee Titans (9 win total): Kerry Collins or Vince Young
Collins is back behind center with a two-year deal in hand. The 15-year veteran defied time last season and was efficient for the Titans. Collins isn’t going to win any games, but he isn’t going to lose them either. And having a running attack like Tennessee’s makes his job easier. The soap opera that is Vince Young continues to unfold; he was hit hard by the news of mentor Steve McNair’s murder. Only time will tell if this tragedy will hurt Young’s fragile psyche or help put his life and career in perspective.
Oakland Raiders (5.5 win total): JaMarcus Russell or Jeff Garcia
The Raiders wanted to light a fire under Russell, so they brought in Garcia. The 11-year veteran was steady in Tampa Bay and will inherit the starting job if Russell continues to fall short of expectations. The former No. 1 pick has all the physical attributes and began to catch on late last year; Russell’s work ethic will be the only reason why he loses his starting spot.
Detroit Lions (4.5 win total): Matthew Stafford or Daunte Culpepper
At first glance, it might seem like the Lions have nothing to lose by starting the rookie. But throwing a player as talented as Stafford to the wolves this early in his career could be devastating to his confidence. The Georgia product would be better off watching the veteran Culpepper do his thing for at least the first few weeks. Culpepper, a former Pro Bowler, was brought out of retirement last season. He went from watching on his couch to taking snaps in Week 10. He will obviously be better prepared heading into the season but don’t count on him finishing the year as the starter.