The NFL Rank ‘Em Up: #20-17 QBs

June 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , )

There’s an old football saying: “If you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks”.  This means that if you have two start-worthy quarterbacks, the one who’s sitting will feel like they should be starting, and the one who’s starting will feel some unnecessary pressure from the one who’s sitting, because anytime they screw up, they might get benched.  Generally, a bad situation, all around.  That’s why teams are so willing to trade away good backups, and get something they need out of the deal.  Three quarterbacks on this list are in this kind of scenario.

Tim Tebow is going to fun to watch this season at #20.  The question is: will he be fun to watch because he’ll blossom into a legitimate starter and a fantasy godsend, or because he’ll self-destruct like an overenthusiastic Voltorb?  (That’s a Pokemon reference, for those wondering.)  I’m leaning more toward the former, simply because at the end of last season, in the few games he started, he had more good plays than bad.  I don’t think he’ll have the same ridiculous stats that the last guy who started for the Broncos had, and I don’t think he’ll keep Brandon Lloyd or any other receiver on the roster in the elite receiver class.  But, I think that by the end of the season, Tebow will be the best scrambling quarterback in the NFL.  Better than Vick (injury risk), better than Vince (overrated), better than all of them.

Here's Kyle Orton, who can do nothing but watch as Tim Tebow took the job that he totally earned.

Speaking of the Denver quarterback before Tebow, let’s talk about Kyle Orton at #19.  First, let me just give a quick “screw you” to Josh McDaniels, former coach of the Denver Broncos.  Because, I firmly believe that if he would’ve let Orton finish the season, he would’ve thrown for over 5,000 yards, and I might’ve won my fantasy football league last season, instead of finishing 3rd.  (No, I’m not bitter, why do you ask?)  Besides, it’s not like Orton was the problem, if he was, he wouldn’t have single-handedly turned Brandon Lloyd into the NFL version of Kevin Harvick (Mr. Where-Did-He-Come-From).  I guess what I’m trying to say is:  Orton isn’t going to be a Bronco at the start of the season, but he’ll give results to whatever team he joins.  It’s just a shame he couldn’t do that sort of thing to the Bears when he was with them.

Matt Cassel, my #18 quarterback, was a pretty decent surprise last season.  At the start of last season, I would’ve put him down for maybe 2,300 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions.  I didn’t have a lot of faith in the Chiefs, but then again, no one really did.  Instead, he surprised everyone with 3,100 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions.  He resurrected the career of Dwayne Bowe, and made Tony Maoeki into a small sleeper hit.  He’ll have a secondary target at wide receiver in Jon Baldwin, so Cassel might make for a decent QB2.

Why the Eagles are getting rid of their younger, less injury-prone quarterback I will never know.

Kevin Kolb.  The most popular quarterback on the market today, and the #17 QB on this list.  Ranking him is really difficult, because depending on where he lands, he could jump up the list (if he goes to Arizona or Miami) or he could plummet (if he goes to Seattle or Washington).  So far, the most likely candidate is the Cardinals, because the running game is getting stronger, and Larry Fitzgerald was good enough last year to make John Skelton serviceable.  Imagine what he can do with a good quarterback like Kolb.  Actually, you don’t have to imagine.  Just look back at his seasons with Kurt Warner, and that’s about what Kolb will be working with.  OK, so Kolb isn’t Kurt, but still I’d take Kolb over any quarterback on the Cards’ roster ten times out of ten.

In the next article, we’ll have four quarterbacks that have the sleeper label slapped on him.


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