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Here's a quick round up of the major happenings concerning the NFC's QB's.
NFC South: Everything's as we expect in the NFC South. Undeniable the best QB in the NFC is housed right in the NFC South. Drew Brees is going to have a stellar season, you just mark my words.
New Orleans – Drew "easy breezy" Brees. No battle going on here, Brees is poised to lead one of the NFC's most explosive offensive units (is anyone else excited about WR's Robert Meachum and seventh round draft pick Adrian Arrington?) The only question surrounding the Saint's in their defense….oh dear shed a tear! Mark my words; if the Saints are able to maintain just a solid defensive unit then they will certainly be play-off bound! Back-up: Mark Brunell.
Atlanta - It's between Matt Ryan, Joey Harrington, Chris Redman, and DJ Shockley. I'm going to step out on a limb here and go with Matt Ryan! Seriously though, Ryan's preseason performance has been solid (one game in.) Although the Dirty Birds came up short against J-Ville, Ryan made a splash with a 105.7 passer rating. Needless to say, the starting job is his.
Carolina – Oh Boy…I'm concerned folks! Jake Delhomme is coming back for yet another season! How he manages to still be Carolina's starting QB despite that fact that he missed the last 13 games of last season because of a devastating elbow injury is just plain weird! Only two QB's in NFL history have ever come back from this type of injury and no one even remembers them…. Craig Erickson and Rob Johnson?! Point being…Jon Fox is gambling with his livelihood! Back-up: Matt Moore (Delhomme better stay healthy!)
Tampa Bay – Jeff Garcia. Last week Garcia said he was a "dead man walking" when asked about the possible Favre trade. Ha, what a hoot! I respect Garcia's candor; he knows he isn't the leagues brightest talent. But he can certainly handle his own (pro-bowl selection last year.) Garcia may not have the finesse of P. Manning or the talent of Brady but he is a trooper and Tampa fans can rest knowing Garcia is at the helm. Watch out though, Garcia is coming off a ten day absence due to a minor injury…he's got some work to catch up on! While this team probably isn't play off bound fans can be reassured that the season won't be a total loss, haha.
NFC West: Two no brainers and two "well maybes"! Personally, I think all four teams have well settled starting QB's. I think a lot of the hype surrounding AZ and San Fran's QB race is just coaching staff attempts to spark competition and to bring out that competitive drive. With that being said, there isn't much going on out West. The best QB in the West will be Matt Hasselbeck of course…oh it pains me to doubt my Cards!
Arizona – It's a battleground…a show down in the desert! As I said last week, Leinart is your starter but this is subject to change pending one series of unfortunate events. Seasoned vet Kurt Warner is poised and ready to assume the reigns…he will be on young Leinart's heels the entire season. This is positive news for us Cards fans because competition makes the man! Matt just might FINALLY be focused!
Seattle – There is no doubt that Matt Hasselback is the starter. Matt is def. a quality acquisition for your fantasy roster (even without Shaun Alexander!) Back-up: Now here we have a little battle brewing! It's between Seneca Wallace and Charlie Frye….both men are quality reserves.
St. Louis – Marc Bulger, I'm just not excited about his franchise in any way shape or form. Def. not a playoff bound team. I wouldn't rush to acquire Bulger; I don't think he has that many offensive weapons at his disposal. Back-Up: Trent Green (yeah, I know he's still around!)
San Francisco – Battleground Galactica! Who knows where this is going to end up. Personally, I think former first overall pick Alex Smith still has the position on lock, I don't think San Fran is ready to throw in the towel. However, J.T. O'Sullivan and Shaun Hill (like division rival, Kurt Warner) will be riding Smith's heels. At this point, I expect O'Sullivan to take the #2 spot behind Smith, simply because of his familiarity with Mike Martz's offense. Of course, things may change during the season but for now, I'm going with Smith followed y O'Sullivan.
NFC North: Here lies the confusion! The NFC North will not be making a splash in terms of QB's. If I had to pick the best QB out of the bunch I would go with Aaron Rodgers. Thus far in the pre season he looks decent. Additionally, he has one powerful offense behind him. I would look for Rodgers followed by Kitna to be the top NFC North leaders.
Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers, phew…the man can finally rest! Rodgers looked decent in his first NFL start; he recorded 9 of 15 throws for 117 yards and a touchdown. Back-up: Brian Brohm or Matt Flynn…let's go with Brohm
Vikings – Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson is the undoubted starter. There are many outsiders, operative word being outsiders, who doubt Jackson's abilities to lead his team. However, his teammates and coaches remain optimistic and supportive…and quite frankly only their opinion matters. If Jackson can remain calm and collected under pressure and keep his confidence up he should hold down the starting position with no real threat. Back-up: Gus Frerotte and John David Booty.
Lions – Jon Kitna…for now. Back-up: Dan Orlovsky, and Drew Stanton will battle it out for the # 2 position. Insiders favor Stanton as the #2, and some expect him to make a push for the starting job.
Bears – Battleground: The Windy City Brawl. Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton…truth be told, I'd prefer neither. However, if I had to pick one, I would go with Grossman. Grossman has flashes of brilliancy but they are always overshadowed by a few dumb moves.
NFC East: there isn't too much going on in the NFC East. The starting crew is pretty confirmed. From this division I predict Romo to have the best season followed by Jason Campbell. Yes, I'm once again doubting NY!
Giants – Eli Manning.…just not a fan so I'm going to move it along!
Philadelphia – Donovan McNabb, aging but still serviceable.
Redskins – Interesting, Interesting, Interesting! Colt Brennan is making headlines…his first NFL appearance was well done, but that's where the buck stops for now. Brenan will hold down the 3rd spot behind Todd Collins. Collins is a sold and proven back-up. The Skins are well invested in Jason Campbell. Campbell has a very nice arm…with just a bit more experience and confidence Campbell should be a pretty decent QB.
Dallas – Tony Romo, once again not much of a battle going in Cowboy's camp. I'm certainly not a Romo fan, I REFUSE to jump on his bandwagon and shout his praises! If Romo leads his team to a playoff win this season then I MIGHT just whisper "good job Romo."