NFL: Ranking the Top Backup Quarterbacks

By Christian Cook
November 15, 2012 11:55 pm
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The starting quarterback is the most important person on the football field at any given time, regardless of the team.  The quarterback is the general of the team and no matter if it is Peyton Manning or Blaine Gabbert they hold the future of your team in their hands.

Now, I don’t mean that the quarterback is necessarily the best player on the field.  We all know Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, and Calvin Johnson are the top players on their respective teams.  However, every team is one blindside hit to their signal caller away from being virtually out of contention.

The state of the NFL right now shows the importance of backups.  The Bears, Steelers, and Eagles all saw their quarterbacks recently go out.  Playoff hopes could fade quickly if the backup isn’t able to perform in their absence. 

These teams have taken the backup role seriously and would have the best chance of any team to win if the starter were to go out.

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22 months ago
Nice piece, Christian. Where would guys like TJ Yates, Colin Kaepernick and Kevin Kolb rank if the list were extended?
22 months ago

Thanks. Those were the next guys on my list along with Matt Moore. I probably would have Kolb and Moore ahead of the others because of experience.
21 months ago
Even though Tebow is top of this list, he is in the wrong place to succeed. If the Jets give in, (is Ryan smart enough to swallow his pride), Tebow will probably crash and burn just like Sanchez.

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