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Old 03-22-2014, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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News about Mike Vick and Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley made me wonder who are the best backup QBs in the league. Now that Jay Cutler's backup went to Tampa (I think), it is no longer Chicago. So who is it? Does Kirk Cousins qualify?
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I don't know but they sure are important to a degree! Look at the mess the Packers had because they didn't have a plan in place. Rodgers did not miss games so they gambled and lost terribly. He missed a game and a half in 2010, none in '11 or '12. Now Flynn is a FA again and my thought is they better pay the man, at least he can play in their system.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I would say Shaun Hill formerly from Detroit, but a free agent now. Hill would not be a threat to a starting QB, but if needed he could move an offense well. Tavares Jackson I'd say the same for.
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I don't know but they sure are important to a degree! Look at the mess the Packers had because they didn't have a plan in place. Rodgers did not miss games so they gambled and lost terribly. He missed a game and a half in 2010, none in '11 or '12. Now Flynn is a FA again and my thought is they better pay the man, at least he can play in their system.
The Bills got to be a complete circus. At one point, I think a guy was recruited from a high school job somewehre? Wish I could remember the details, but it sounded bizarre. And this was when their first round pick couldn't play like a franchise QB.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Kitna was better than Romo in my opinion. He was blamed for the demise of a horrible run Lions team. I feel bad for the guy.

Another guy I like is Matt Flynn.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I do, too like Matt but as more than one analyst has said, seems like he does best when he plays in Green Bay.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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I suppose it really depends on whether the backup QB is simply a placeholder or a developmental prospect. Some guys, like Cassel, really aren't cut out to be a starting QB, even if they manage to not suck when they do. On the other hand, Rodgers was a backup. Was. Come to think of it, so was Colin Kapernick. Nick Foles too.

Generally backups that are that good don't stay backups for long. Figure Bortles, Bridgewater, and Manziel will probably initially be backups, the Jags, Browns, and Texans have reasonably viable QBs.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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What role does the backup quarterback serve?

To step in and lead a team to a championship? Those days are gone - the relative importance of the quarterback has gotten too high in the NFL, and no team can afford to keep two SB-caliber quarterbacks on their roster.

To mentor a young, developing starting quarterback? Absolutely.

To be a backup/quarterback-of-the-future who is a placeholder behind a veteran to starts temporarily while imparting his wisdom to the young student of the game? Again, absolutely.

A solid backup should be able to manage games and allow his supporting cast to beat the bad/mediocre teams, and not screw up against the good teams and allow his team to at least have a chance in some of those games.

But as far as making a championship run, in today's quarterback-centric NFL if a starting quarterback is lost for a season it is a fluke if the backup turns out to be of championship-caliber - if he does and anyone knew it, he wouldn't be a backup and would either be starting for that team or would have left via free agency or trade to another team that would start him.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Figure Bortles, Bridgewater, and Manziel will probably initially be backups, the Jags, Browns, and Texans have reasonably viable QBs.
Jags QBs today: Chad Henne, Ricky Stanzi, Matt Scott
Browns QBs today: Brian Hoyer, Alex Tanney
Texans QBs today: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, TJ Yates

Any of those rookies that can not beat out these guys listed above at some point this year is in trouble. The only "reasonably viable" option I see is Fitzpatrick and maybe, maybe Henne.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Vikings continue to lead the league in back-up quarterbacks, in addition to the two on the current roster, with a third soon to be added, they also have former solid back-ups; McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Joe Webb, Tarvaris Jackson and Shaun Hill not-playing or contributing elsewhere but still spreading the Viking philosophy. So we got that going for us...which is nice.
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