General Managers have long regarded backup quarterback as one of the most important positions on the team—with good reason. Last season only seven starting quarterbacks played all 16 games. However, with teams feeling the pinch of the salary cap, even premier clubs have put the backup on the back burner. Four of the 12 teams that made the playoffs in '98 began this year with a No. 2 passer who had never started an NFL game, and the Jets have already turned things over to backup Rick Mirer.
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