Chatting about QB competitions

April, 13, 2009
4/13/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's chat over at SportsNation. We discussed the draft, touched on the excitement surrounding ESPN Chicago and broke down Facebook on both a micro and macro level. Deep.

Jake-Minneapolis: Has a team ever made the Super Bowl with an open QB competition in training camp?

SportsNation Kevin Seifert: I think that's an EXCELLENT question and one I plan to follow up on. Stay tuned.

Jake was referring to the Vikings' plan of pitting Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels in a traditional summer competition in which each player gets equal snaps and similar time with the No. 1 offense. Nothing immediately jumped to mind. But as time allows, I will comb through the training camp histories of each Super Bowl winner to see if it's happened before.

Feel free to chime in yourselves, either through the mailbag or in the comments section below.

One thing to keep in mind: There have been numerous instances when a backup quarterback has taken over in training camp or in midseason because of health or other reasons. New England's Tom Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe in 2001. Kurt Warner replaced Trent Green during St. Louis' training camp in 1999. Washington's Doug Williams replaced Jay Schroeder in 1987.

But for the purpose of this exercise, let's focus on a replica of the Vikings' plan: Two players competing with equal opportunities for a good portion of training camp.

The connotation of Jake's question is two-fold:

  1. Quarterback competitions can be distracting and ultimately leave the winner with less preparation time than he would have enjoyed as the unquestioned starter.
  2. Having two quarterbacks deemed close to equal means you might not have the kind of dynamic starter needed to win the Super Bowl.

Let's reconvene at a time to be announced later.

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