Mad scramble at quarterback

Mailbag: Injuries, risky roster decisions forcing teams to find backups on the fly

Originally Published: October 23, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Maybe the growing number of injuries at quarterback will alter a baffling trend.

Quarterback is the most important position in football. Teams can't win without a good one. Despite that reality, more teams are rolling the dice regarding backups. Fourteen teams started the season with only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Fifteen teams gambled with backups who had two or fewer wins to their credit.

This year, injuries are starting to hit the teams that kept two, and ...

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