These quarterback audibles aren't about deception. They're about desperation.
With the clock winding down on the
It's a case of next man up . . . and under center.
Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians, whose team has clinched a playoff berth, was asked Monday about the notion there aren't a lot of people outside the organization who believe Lindley can step in and thrive.
"There doesn't need to be," Arians said. "The only ones that need to believe [are] in that locker room, and they believe it. They saw it on the practice field today, and they'll see it all week. Like I said, it's easy to be written off. We've been written off all year. . . . We like where we're at, and we like the guys who are playing for us, and he's one of them."
Houston's playoff hopes are dangling by a thread — the 7-7
So Houston's quarterback decision for Sunday's game against Baltimore comes down to
"We'll divide the reps as we go through the week," O'Brien told reporters Monday. "We'll do a good job of taking a good look at both of them."
Even with a 5-8-1 record, Carolina is still in the playoff hunt in the lukewarm
"The biggest factor will be whether or not they tell me he can protect himself," Rivera said Monday of Newton. "I don't want to put a guy out there if he can't protect himself. By that [I mean] being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way to stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get out of the way."
Washington has circled back to
"He's got every chance this week against the
"I'd like to see him have some urgency about him and play well," Gruden said, "and hopefully there won't be much of a debate if he does well."
At 3-11, the Redskins are guaranteed to finish last in the
"It's not what you want," Gruden said. "You want somebody to take the position and play and have success, obviously. But unfortunately Robert got hurt early,
"Now we're back to Robert. I have nothing against all three. I think all three quarterbacks have a good future. I just want somebody to take the position and run with it, and hopefully we'll see something like that this week with Robert."
The Thursday night game, Tennessee at Jacksonville, features a pair of 2-12 teams in the thick of the "race" for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. And each likely will be without its regular quarterback.
Charlie Whitehurst is expected to finish the season for the
Philadelphia is sticking with
Manziel threw for 80 yards with two interceptions in a 30-0 rout by the
"Very humbling," Manziel told reporters Monday. "This game, obviously it has its ups and downs, and yesterday was one of those days for us that didn't go our way."
Cleveland isn't looking to make a quarterback change. The Browns just want a changed quarterback.
No cruise control
Remember when the
Well, these aren't the same Colts. Even though his team has clinched the
Pagano seemed surprised Monday when asked whether he planned to sit quarterback
"To sit him? Why?" Pagano said. "You could walk out of this building and get run over tonight. You know what I mean. You've got to live. You go tell him. That's the way he is. We've got to make decisions, do the right thing and protect guys from themselves in the right situation. But we're going to try to win a football game and we're going to play."
That's got to be a relief to the Eagles, who badly need Indianapolis to beat Dallas.
Among the other pivotal Week 16 games are San Diego at San Francisco, as the