Mental toughness sets these ex-backup QBs apart

Expect longtime backup quarterbacks Damon Huard, Matt Schaub and David Garrard to succeed this season, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Updated: September 7, 2007, 2:00 PM ET
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard had to acknowledge the obvious during his Thursday news conference: It felt pretty good to be in his shoes. After opening his previous 10 NFL seasons as a backup for three different teams, he will be the Chiefs' starter when they open Sunday against Houston.

Huard actually had waited so long for this moment that he offered some perspective when asked about his comfort level with his new job.

"I don't know if you're ever really ...

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