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6/15/2006 12:04:00 PM
Quarterback Woes Around The NFL
Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper appears to be ahead os schedule in his rehab from knee surgery, but who knows how he'll perform in a game situation?
The one spot teams don't want any issues with is now the most unsettled position in the NFL. I can count on one hand how many quarterback situations inspire something close to total confidence.
Besides the Patriots, Colts, Panthers, Seahawks and Giants, every other team in the league has questions at the most important position. And I'm being very generous with the Giants. And yes, I'm well aware I left the Falcons, Eagles, Chiefs and Broncos off that list. And don't even start with me on the Cowboys.
There are plenty of teams that are set at quarterback in the sense that they'll never bench their No. 1 guy (Eagles, Falcons, Packers, etc). But that doesn't mean they should enter the season brimming with confidence about their signal-caller.
The majority of teams are looking at QBs coming back from major injuries, guys on the last legs of their careers or neophytes with no track record. Yes, guys like Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Daunte Culpepper and Ben Roethlisberger might be just fine. Steve McNair, Mark Brunell, Drew Bledsoe and Trent Green may have one more good year in them. And Charlie Frye could be the real deal. But are you going to take one of them in the first five rounds of your fantasy draft? Probably not.
The upheaval at the QB spot makes the normally difficult task of predicting the season even harder. Let me know which teams you think are truly set at quarterback. I have a feeling the answer may be the key to which teams will have a big season in 2006.