We all know that quarterback is most important position in the NFL.
But what happens if your starter is sidelined?
You'd better hope that your backup QB can handle the spotlight or your playoff drive will go down in flames.
So, which team has the best Plan B waiting in the wings?
Washington Redskins - Kirk Cousins
In the past two season, Cousins filled in for RGIII in eight games and thrown for 1,320 yards and eight TDs. With the Redskins awesome offensive weapons, this talented up-and-comer would have plenty of help.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Glennon
Glennon was thrust into the starting job as a rookie last year and performed admirably, throwing 19 TDs against just 9 INTs. Not bad, rookie!
Miami Dolphins - Matt Moore
Moore is an experienced NFL starter with 33 career TDs, just what you want in a back-up.
New York Jets - Michael Vick
Vick is a four-time Pro-Bowler with over 21,000 yards and 128 TDs passing, and another 5,800 yards and 36 TDs rushing. You definitely want that kind of experience and talent as your insurance policy, but how much does Vick have left in the tank?
In a game where both teams sat key players, Dallas dominated the first half on the strong running of unheralded RB Phillip Tanner and a 75-yard interception return for a TD by LB Devonte Holloman.
The Dolphins were able to close the gap in the second half thanks to TD passes from their backup QBs Matt Moore and Pat Devlin, but the Cowboys held on the win the game 24-20.
One week ago the Miami Doplphins chose to start Ryan Tannehill over Matt Moore. While many fans are happy with that decision, I disagree.
Ryan Tannehill was a wide reciever in college and then switched to quarterback. He needs time to learn behind the veteran Matt Moore. Last year Moore was 6-3 as a starter after Chad Henne got hurt, and the Dolphins got off to an 0-7 start.
After trading away Brandon Marshall and cutting Chad Johnson, the Dolphins don't look to be much better this year. Why throw Ryan Tannehill under the bus when he is so young and has so much potential? Yes Joe Philbin is a first year coach, so both quarterbacks are learning a new system, but this is the NFL and it's different than college. Give Ryan some time, let the Dolphins settle in and then put him in.
Ryan Tannehill will be a great quarterback, just not now!
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Every year when the NFL Playoffs begins it seems that a few really good teams are left out in the cold. This year is no exception as there are several teams that for whatever reason will be sitting home watching the games on TV. Here are our picks for the best teams that didn't make it to the Playoffs!
Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
The Cardinals were another team that started slow but came on just a little to late to make into the Playoffs. The finished the season on the 5-1 run, sparked in large part to the amazing punt returns of rookie sensation Patrick Peterson.
- Larry Fitzgerald - WR (1411 yards, Pro Bowl Selection)
- Beanie Wells - RB (1047 yards, 10 TDs)
- Patrick Peterson - DB (4 Punt Return TDs, 2 Ints)
Chicago Bears (8-8)
This is one this years biggest “what if” teams. At the mid-point of the season there was talk about them being a Super Bowl contender, but then the injury bug hit them and that was all she wrote.
- Jay Cutler - QB (13 Tds – 85.7 QB Rating)
- Matt Forte - RB (1,383 All-Purpose Yards, Pro Bowl Selection)
- Lance Briggs - LB (100 Tackles)
Miami Dolphins (6-10)
After a rough 0-7 start the Dolphins inserted Matt Moore into the starting QB role and finished on a 6-3 run. Not to mention they also have the 3rd best run Defense in the entire NFL.
- Brandon Marshall - WR (1,214 Yard - Pro-Bowl Selection)
- Reggie Bush - RB (1,382 All-Purpose Yards)
- Cameron Wake - LB (8.5 Sack, Pro Bowl Selection)
San Diego Chargers (8-8)
The Charger had their typical end of the season hot streaks going 4-1 in the final 5 games to tie for the best record in the AFC West. They missed out due to the Broncos’ tiebreaker advantage.
- Philip Rivers - QB (4,624 Yards – 28 TDs - Pro Bowl Selection)
- Ryan Matthews - RB (1,546 All-Purpose Yards)
- Eric Weddle - S (League Leading 7 Ints.)
Tennessee Titans (9-7)
The Titans literally just missed making it to the playoff on a tiebreaker after beating the Texans on the final Sunday of the season. The ended their season on a 5-1 run.
- Matt Hasselbeck - QB (61.6% Completions 82.4 QB Rating)
- Chris Johnson - RB (1,046 Yards)
- Michael Griffin - FS (75 Tackles, Pro Bowl Selection)
When this NFL season started QB Matt Moore’s name was not likely on anyone’s short list for this year’s Pro Bowl roster. But things have changed and you need to pay attention to this guy.
Since taking over as starting QB for the Dolphins he has completed 61.9 percent of his passes thrown for 1,769 yards with nine Tds. He even has a 87.6 quarterback rating, making him the tenth in the league. He has become one of the main reasons for the Dolphins remarkable resurgence, winning 4 of their last 5 after starting the season 0-7!
After the Dolphins have won 3 out their last 4 games and came really close on Thanksgiving to upsetting the Cowboys, they are still looking for respect. Over 70% of NFLRushers are giving the Raiders the edge this Sunday when they travel to Miami. Before the Thanksgiving game, the Dolphins had not given up a TD in 3 straight games. That is a defense that is playing inspired football.
With offensive weapons like RB Reggie Bush and WR Brandon Marshall surging as of late and QB Matt Moore playing out of his mind, this team looks like the complete package.
Hey Raiders! You're on Upset Alert!
Hot Fantasy Pick:
Matt Moore - QB Panthers
Panthers Beat 49ers For Their First Win, 23-20
The Carolina Panthers fought hard for their first win of the season, using a last-minute field goal to beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-20.
Panthers QB Matt Moore has a great game, throwing for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Hot Fantasy Pick:
Matt Moore - QB Panthers
Giants QB Eli Manning looks to get back on the Super Bowl path against the Panthers in the first-ever game at the New Meadowlands stadium. Look for Manning to go to reliable all-pro wide-receiver Steve Smith early and often.
For the Panthers, QB Matt Moore takes over as the starter and will look to throw his own Steve Smith at wide-receiver. Panther running-back Jonathan Stewart will help out on the ground.
With the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select . . . who? Who will the Ravens pick? With pick number 25, I think Baltimore should take TE Jermaine Gresham from Oklahoma. The Ravens need a young tight end like him. Todd Heap has been injured the past few years, but came back strong last year. If Baltimore can put a dynamic tight end on the other side of Heap, the Raven's run game as well will be a lot stronger. The same thing would be true for their play-action game, as Gresham can run short screens and pick up a lot of 1st downs that way. He can also run the deep route and create mismatches in the secondary. At 6'4" and 261 lbs, he's bigger than most corners, but he's faster than most linebackers.
Other NFL news and notes:
Brandon Marshall was traded from Denver to Miami for 2 second round picks (in 2010 and 2011).
Now, for some draft analysis!
Pick number seventeen: Carolina Panthers (Pick traded to SF)
Last year's record: 8-8
Analysis: The Panthers had a wake-up call last year. Jake Delhomme is gone now, and Carolina has an inexperienced QB at the helm in Matt Moore. They also need a bit of help on the defensive end. So, the Panthers need to get this in the Draft. . .
Positions needed: QB, DB, LB and TE
Pick number eighteen: Pittsburgh Steelers
Last year's record: 9-7
Analysis: The Steelers have had a bad offseason. After more allegations against QB Ben Roethlisberger, he will be suspended by the league. Santonio Holmes was suspended for the first 4 games of this upcoming season and subsequently traded to the Jets for a paltry 4th round draft pick. Since they couldn't get more, for Holmes, they need to get. . .
Positions needed: WR, DB, TE and RB
Pick number nineteen: Atlanta Falcons:
Last year's record: 9-7
Analysis: The Falcons are building a good young team down in "Hotlanta". It makes it tough to get a playoff berth when you're in the same division as the Saints, but watch out for Atlanta in years to come. To keep on building, they need to get. . .
Positions needed: OL, DL, LB and TE
RB Marion Barber celebrates a TD in the Cowboys win over the Panthers.
It was a close game the whole way through. The Cowboys took an early lead and held a 17-7 advantage after the first half. The Panthers managed a field goal in the 3rd quarter and went into the 4th quarter down by 7. After a Cowboys field goal, the Panthers charged down and kicker John Kasay made a 25-yard field goal to pull the Panthers back, within 7 with 3:01 left in the game. That was as close as the Panthers would come, as the Cowboys ran the clock out to get the win, 20-13.