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When you've got a good quarterback, you've got a chance to win in the NFL. When you don't, you change starters. Maybe you sign a free agent off the street as insurance. And maybe you take inspiration from Batman and illuminate the night sky with the Brett signal -- as in Brett Favre -- like the Rams reportedly did.

Now, don't expect live reports from Hattiesburg, Miss., as Favre says he's retired. For good. Really. But it makes us wonder how confident the Rams are in backup Kellen Clemens replacing the injured Sam Bradford. The Rams aren't alone in this boat -- not when the Browns are about to trot out their third starting QB of the season and the Vikings are choosing between Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder.


Meet Me In St. Louis?

Brett Favre gained a reputation for wavering on retirement, but he was firm Thursday that his career is over.

SportsNation

What do you make of the Rams calling Brett Favre to see if he was interested in being their starting quarterback?

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Is that Brett Favre's music?

The Rams reportedly reached out to Favre despite the fact it's been nearly three years since he has played in an NFL game.

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Could Brett Favre (44 years old) still start in the NFL?

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Valhalla I am coming

Matt Cassel, center, quarterbacked the Vikings' only win of the season. But Christian Ponder, right, is set to start if Josh Freeman can't.

SportsNation

Who should start at QB for the Vikings when all are healthy?

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Opportunity knocks

Jason Campbell was passed over the first time the Browns changed quarterbacks. He'll get his chance Sunday against the Chiefs.

SportsNation

Who should start for the Browns at quarterback when both are healthy?

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Hard times

Campbell is replacing Brandon Weeden, who has struggled mightily this season in Cleveland.

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How bad is the overall quality of quarterbacks in the NFL right now?

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NFC West Preview -- 2013

The San Francisco 49ers made the Super Bowl last season, thanks in large part to breakout star quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Seattle Seahawks came close, thanks in large part to breakout star quarterback Russell Wilson. Now these two teams take aim at greater heights. Will either reach them?

More: NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | AFC East | AFC North | AFC South | AFC West

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have on your favorite team?

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  • Will Larry Fitzgerald return to the Pro Bowl this season?

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During the same stretch of days in which Sam Bradford took his first snaps in an NFL preseason game and the Nationals signed Bryce Harper, Royals pitcher Bryan Bullington picked up his first major league win. We like our sports irony like we like our coffee, thick and served up by someone from Kansas City.

Eight years ago, Bullington was in Harper's shoes after the Pirates made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft. After all those years, he's progressed from complete bust to nice story ... but he's still a bust, at least until he repeats Sunday's feat about 50 times. And when you think about names like Courtney Brown, David Carr, Matt Bush, Kwame Brown, and Alex Smith, he's hardly alone in that category as a former No. 1 pick.

So as Bradford, Harper, John Wall and NHL No. 1 pick Taylor Hall get set to begin their pro careers, who are you most confident won't be the next Bryan Bullington?

Harry (NY)

Is the hype and media attention surrounding this year's draft a bit much - what happens next year when there isn't a Harper or Strasburg to generate excitement?

Keith Law
Keith Law

I think part of my job and BA's and Jonathan Mayo's and KG's is to generate it. Next year's draft class is epic. It doesn't have the single star prospect, but it is freaking stacked with talent. Full transcript

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We can only assume that after completing Monday's chat with SportsNation, Mel Kiper has already been spirited away to a secret, undisclosed location to continue breaking down film on Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin and Northeastern running back John Griffin (yes, we've been playing with Colonial Athletic Association stats again). The 2010 NFL draft is in the books, grades have been handed out and now the real fun begins -- contract negotiations!

SportsNation bloggers were particularly roused by the four big-name quarterbacks selected in the first three rounds.

Eric (Chicago)

Mel, what did you think of the Dan LeFevour pick to the Bears? I thought all along he was the 2nd best QB in the draft.

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

I liked the Bears draft. I liked the pick. I think 3-4 years down the road he can help you. You'll know in the next two years if Cutler is the answer there. I like the Wright pick, they needed help at safety. Wootton was a first round pick a few years ago, but had the injury. I gave them a B grade. Full transcript

Clay (Charlotte)

Mel, can you give us some insight on why the Panthers drafted Clausen and Pike? I think Clausen was a steal, but why draft two developmental QBs?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

Where you get Pike, you invest minimal time and money into him. You can always develop a young QB and trade him. You can develop him and turn him into a career backup. If they had a 2-3 round grade on Pike and he was there in the 6th round, they might have just decided to pick another QB. He's a good QB. He's got the height. He has a lot to learn after coming out of the QB friendly system at Cincinnati. Full transcript

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