Ranking the NFC Beast's QB trios
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
My friends at The Legend of Cecilio Guante blog have nominated the Kansas City Chiefs as having the worst quarterbacking trio in the NFL. If you've been fortunate enough not to watch the Chiefs this season, they're now going with former Coastal Carolina great Tyler Thigpen as the starter.
The underappreciated Ingle Martin IV, one of Brett Favre's backups in Green Bay, is currently the No. 2 man in K.C. And occupying the third spot is former Jacksonville quarterback Quinn Gray. When signing Quinn Gray gives your offense instant credibility, you've got problems.
Guante also brings up the Detroit Lions' trio, but I think the addition of Drew Henson gives them too much name recognition to be the worst in football. The Guante blog entry has inspired me to rank the best quarterbacking trios in the NFC East. The worst thing that can happen to a trio is for one of the backups to actually receive playing time -- as you're seeing with Brad Johnson right now in Dallas. Now, I present the first annual NFC Beast quarterbacking trio power rankings:
1. Washington Redskins: Jason Campbell has emerged as one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league. He never turns the ball over and he can extend plays with his feet. Campbell's backup, Todd Collins, is easily the best backup in the division. He led the Redskins' improbable playoff run last December and he's the perfect caretaker quarterback. Colt Brennan is streaky, but he showed enough during preseason to stick around for at least a year.
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Donovan McNabb has been up and down this season, but he's still an effective quarterback. I think Kevin Kolb made huge strides this past offseason, and he would fill in nicely for McNabb. The third quarterback, A.J. Feeley, hasn't lived up to expectations, but he can definitely get you through a game or two. He's one of the best third-string quarterbacks in football. The Cowboys would kill to have Feeley right now.
3. New York Giants: With Eli Manning, you have a quarterback who's been through a lot in a relatively short amount of time. He was remarkable during last season's Super Bowl run, and that did wonders for his confidence. David Carr hasn't come close to living up to expectations, but that has a lot to do with the fact that he took about a 1,000 sacks in Houston. For a short stretch, Carr could actually get you a couple wins. Behind this line, he could use his mobility to find receivers downfield. Even though he's on the practice squad, we'll count Andre Woodson (oops, he's been cut) as the third guy. GM Jerry Reese likes the fact that Woodson has a chip on his shoulder and the former Kentucky great does some nice things.
4. Dallas Cowboys: You can make an argument that Tony Romo is the best quarterback in the division, but his backups are dreadful. Brad Johnson has had a nice career, but the speed of the game last Sunday appeared to catch him by surprise. With a team that likes to throw downfield, Johnson is a liability. Brooks Bollinger is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, but his 2-8 record as a starter isn't too impressive. Does he give you a better chance to win than Johnson? I actually think so.