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Teams turn to backups to resurrect seasons

While some teams have yet to play their fourth game, coaches around the league are turning to backup quarterbacks.

Updated: October 4, 2002, 5:12 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It's still so early in the season that some teams won't play their fourth game until this weekend, but that hasn't stopped NFL coaches from stomping on the quarterback panic button.

With both feet.

Assuming none of the projections for Week 5 change in the next two days, teams will have used 41 different starting quarterbacks by the end of the weekend, with the Cincinnati Bengals topping the list with three starters in four outings. Over the past five years, franchises have averaged ...

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