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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings!

By Thomas Neumann
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Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Shaun Hill

Some readers called the credentials and integrity of this column into question last week.

Many of you. The vast majority of you. Basically every single one of you.

But that's a good thing, because diversity of opinion and freedom of expression make the world go round. In fact, to those of you who questioned our sanity and sobriety, we salute you.

Nevertheless, we must move forward to unleash another edition of Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings, the free world's unquestioned metric of quarterbacking depth, upon an unsuspecting public.

Agree with the rankings? Beg to differ? Want to nominate your favorite backup? Prefer to slam the entire article without reading any of it? Be sure to tell us where the bus stops in the comments section!

Without further ado, we proudly present this week's rankings:


This season's backup quarterback rankings:
Sept. 14 | Sept. 21 | Sept. 28 | Oct. 5: punters | Oct. 12: long snappers | Oct. 19: referees


Last season's backup quarterback rankings:
Sept. 15 | Sept. 22 | Sept. 29 | Oct. 6 | BYE | Oct. 22 | Oct. 28 | Nov. 4 | INACTIVE | Nov. 18


1. Shaun Hill

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
9
0
9
8
26

Shaun Hill

These are heady times in Detroit. This is the first time since 1934 that the Lions started 3-0 the same year the Tigers reached the postseason. Now, Hill debuts here at No. 1! We know this is cause to celebrate, but please resist the urge to do this.


2. Matt Flynn

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-1
8
8
25

Matt Flynn

Flynn is the only QB to win a BCS title, a Super Bowl ring and a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl championship. That star power helped LSU fans forget all about JaMarcus Russell, who, believe it or not, was considered a exceptional football player at one point.


3. Billy Volek

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
5
0
6
10
21

Billy Volek

Fun fact: Volek has a higher career passer rating (84.9) than 23 Hall of Famers, including Jim Kelly (84.4), Roger Staubach (83.4), Troy Aikman (81.6), Dan Fouts (80.2), John Elway (79.9), Johnny Unitas (78.2), Terry Bradshaw (70.9) and Joe Namath (65.5).


4. Charlie Whitehurst

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-1
7
7
20

Charlie Whitehurst

It seems inevitable to us that Whitehurst will ultimately part the Puget Sound and lead the Seahawks to the promised land. When Hollywood calls, we want Emilio Estevez to play the collegian Whitehurst and Rob Schneider to play the pro Whitehurst.


5. Vince Young

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-2
7
5
17

Vince Young

Young is thisclose to losing his grip on the clipboard and relieving battered starter Michael Vick. If it weren't for a gimpy hamstring keeping Young sidelined, he would tumble further down the rankings. What, you expected our reasoning to make sense?


6. Tyler Thigpen

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-5
5
7
14

Tyler Thigpen

The meteoric rise of Harvard alum Ryan Fitzpatrick has garnered considerable attention. But don't overlook Thigpen's pedigree. After all, he studied at Coastal Carolina under one of the finest instructors of feline and canine motivational techniques.


7. Gary Kubiak

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
0
0
9
3
12

Gary Kubiak

The current head coach of the Texans has one of the best clipboard résumés ever. He joined the Broncos in 1983, the same year as John Elway, and caddied nine seasons for the future Hall of Famer. Kubiak suited up for 119 NFL games, and started just five times.


8. Matt Leinart

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
6
-8
5
8
11

Matt Leinart

How good is Leinart? He was selected No. 10 overall in the 2006 draft, even though USC didn't win a single game during his senior year. Plus, check out who was chosen to hold the clipboard in Nike's star-studded Briscoe High gameday commercial from 2006.


9. Dan Orlovsky

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
3
0
3
3
9

Dan Orlovsky

Already without Peyton Manning, the Colts saw Kerry Collins injured on Sunday. Enter Orlovsky, who provides added depth behind budding star Curtis Painter -- ¡en Espanol! Apparently the Colts would rather have this guy carrying the clipboard than this guy.


Emergency QB: Tony Dungy

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
4
-8
9
3
8

Tony Dungy

Dungy is a championship coach, network analyst and respected mentor. But on Oct. 9, 1977, the college QB-turned-pro DB was pressed into action under center for the Steelers. He threw eight passes and committed four turnovers in a loss to the Oilers.


Promoted to starter from last rankings: None.

Dropped out of rankings: Curtis Painter, Colts; Derek Anderson, Panthers; Stoney Case, three teams; Brady Quinn, Broncos; Tim Tebow, Broncos; Brian Hoyer, Patriots; Drew Stanton, Lions.


This season's backup quarterback rankings:
Sept. 14 | Sept. 21 | Sept. 28 | Oct. 5: punters | Oct. 12: long snappers | Oct. 19: referees


Last season's backup quarterback rankings:
Sept. 15 | Sept. 22 | Sept. 29 | Oct. 6 | BYE | Oct. 22 | Oct. 28 | Nov. 4 | INACTIVE | Nov. 18


Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.


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