Want to know about the sorry state of
Look no further than the state of sorry NFL quarterbacks.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the state of Texas is on its eighth starter at the position — four each for the
The 4-10 Cowboys have cycled through
"For the most part, you're either playing an older guy who just got there and you're hoping he has something left, or you're playing a younger guy who just got there and you don't know what he can do — and the Cowboys have had both," said former NFL quarterback Babe Laufenberg, now color analyst for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network.
The Texans, who are leading the
"It's been a strange year," Weeden told reporters this week. "Even when I was in Dallas, just the way the year had gone there and then, obviously, getting the opportunity to come here and it's a great opportunity, you know to be the fourth guy, that is the way this league is, there's injuries, there's certain things that happen, you got to be ready."
Those franchises are two of the glaring examples of what has occurred around the league, where the revolving door at quarterback has spun at a dizzying rate.
Some teams have survived it — playoff-bound Cincinnati and Denver are down to second-stringers,
In New Orleans, questions linger about the availability of
The point is, as the season winds down, some of these teams aren't just leaning on their backups or players who have been holding a clipboard behind the starter and are intimately familiar with the offensive systems. They're fresh off the street and into the fire.
"We give a kid a driver's license at 16, even though they're probably not ready to drive, and then we just hope that both they and the car come back in one piece," Laufenberg said. "That's just like some of these young quarterbacks, you just hope after a three-hour game they come back in one piece."
Not surprisingly, some of the hottest teams in the league — Carolina, Arizona, New England, Seattle, Kansas City and Green Bay — have had the same starting quarterback since the beginning of the season.
After last Sunday's 38-35 victory over the
"Just a couple of nicks and bruises," he said, "and yet it's not ballet, it's not baseball. It's a physical sport."
In the second-to-last weekend of the regular season, it's possible the league could emerge with all 12 playoff teams locked in, and only seedings up for grabs on the final Sunday of games.
Monday night it's the backup bowl, with McCarron's
That means all over the league it will be understudies — and sometimes understudies of understudies — who will be under the microscope.