Several NFL QBs are in the frying pan.
By Bill Smith
Several NFL QBs are in the frying pan but some stoves are turned up hotter than others. From top to bottom, these are the QBs I see as having to produce this season or they will be somewhere else next year—maybe bagging groceries at Piggly Wiggly.
So hot they have to carry a fire extinguisher everywhere they go:
Minnesota – Tarvaris Jackson Jackson was the problem last year with the Vikes. When the league realized that he couldn’t hit water falling out of a boat, they played 39 guys on the line to stop the running game. Jackson’s 45 passer rating won’t get him a third year under center.
Oakland – JaMarcus Russell Granted that Russell doesn’t have a great offense to work with but if he doesn’t start making better reads somebody will wake up Al Davis long enough to sack him even if he was a top draft choice. The only thing saving him so far is that total lack of any viable alternative on the Raider roster.
St. Louis – Marc Bulger Bulger has been running on rep for a couple of years. With his passer rating last year being a very underwhelming 71, he needs to pick up the pace now. The Rams have proven they can lose with Bulger but they could lose with me at QB and save a ton of money.
Buffalo – Trent Edwards Edwards no longer has the excuse that he has only one viable target. With Lee Evans on one side and Terrell Owens on the other, Edwards better have a banner season or he will be replaced just like former Bills starter J.P. Losman.
Hotter than a day in Death Valley
Washington – Jason Campbell Campbell had an up and down season with the critical games being more down than up. The Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is not the most patient guy in the league. Campbell better improve on his 84.3 passer rating this season in division games.
Seattle – Matt Hasselbeck This may surprise some people but QB Seneca Wallace had a passer rating of 87.0, is younger, cheaper, and not as injury prone. If Hasselbeck can’t have a good season with the addition of free agent WR TJ Houshmandzadeh, Wallace will be the guy.
Jacksonville – David Garrard DG had a really good 07 with the lowest interception percentage of his career. 08 was a disaster with a passer rating for DG of 81 and almost as many Ints (13) as TDs (15). Coach Jack Del Rio needs to win now to keep his job. If he thinks Garrard can’t get it done, he will find someone else. Hey Jack—If you are not comfy with Cleo Lemon as the backup, Byron Leftwich is a free agent!
Chicago – Kyle Orton Orton is not bad but the defense is getting older and the window for winning a division title is closing. The one thing that has saved Orton up to now is that the Bears couldn’t find a good QB wandering through the Hall of Fame.
So hot they would appreciate a little air conditioning
Cleveland – Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson There is a new sheriff in town and these two better be on best behavior. No one in the organization has any loyalty owed to either of them. Proceed at your own risk or go elsewhere.
Carolina – Jake Delhomme The organization still likes Delhomme but his 59% completion rate is not good enough. He had better get it up and improve on the 15-12 TD to Int ratio to keep his job.
That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .
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