Re: NY Times - Short Leash On Starting QBs
My list of 'safe' QB's - guys who will be starter right through to a potential Superbowl barring injury - are:
By my count thats alot more than 10 QB's who are guaranteed to start barring injury - though, its my own list - would anyone disagree with any of those names?
Even though some of those guys aren't challenging for MVP, there either isn't a viable back-up on the roster or they've committed their immediate future to the younger guy (who is probably a high roud draft pick).
I don't really agree with the general thrust of the article - that teams are getting less patient with their QB's - the point is, it is fan's patience that is paper thin...not the guys making the decisions.
Grossman had not just been out of form for 3 weeks - he was awful for the majority of last season - most fans and media outlets continually asking why Lovie Smith has so much faith in the guy - then as soon as he is dropped we get an article proclaiming him to be a victim of some kind of knee jerk coaching decision!!
Leftwich has a very public falling out with his coach - its hard to start a guy who has disrespected your coaching decisions in the past - thats just unworkable.
The nonsense about the McNabb 'whispers' regarding him being dropped are absolute nonsense - he remains one of the best QB's in the NFC, if not the NFL - moving him out and shipping untried rookie Kolb into the lineup would be career suicide for any GM/HC.
You can bet your last dollar that 3 or 4 games into the Kolb 'experience' that Donovan McNabb would suddenly be one of the most popular players on the roster with the fan base.
Fans are fickle - its the FO's job to see past that and make the right decisions; not make the decisions that pacify fans with the attention span of the average goldfish.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.