Backup QBs step to the fore

Wallace, Foles under the microscope; Super Bowl champion Ravens on the ropes

Originally Published: November 8, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

In most NFL cities, the popularity of backup quarterbacks is through the roof.

Unless Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and a few others are behind center, fans favor the unknown rather than the known. Each week, they watch the skills of the starting quarterback and debate the flaws.

When the flaws and mistakes lead to losses, fans clamor for the backup, thinking the next guy is better. Well, we're at the point of the season in which backups are surfacing either because of injuries ...

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