We’re just past the one-month mark of the NFL season, and several teams are either changing their starting quarterbacks, or thinking about it.
Here’s a look at three such cases.
DENVER BRONCOS – It’s Tebow time, as the much-hyped QB will start for the Broncos on Sunday against the winless Dolphins in Miami. The fans have been screaming for Tim Tebow since day one. Kyle Ortonwas doomed from the start, and his performance against the Chargers, (6-of 13 for 34 yards) was the icing on the cake. Head coach John Fox had to do something to spark his team. Denver is ranked 27th in passing offense and 22nd in rushing. Tebow has the ability to improve both of those numbers. He’ll be returning to the state where he had so much success in college.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS – The Vikes are 1-4, and Donovan McNabb may have seen his last action for quite some time. He was benched in the second half of Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Bears in favor of rookie Christian Ponder. Of course, you can’t blame McNabb for letting Devin Hester do what he does best, and you can’t blame him for letting Jay Cutler light up the secondary. That said, Minnesota has already blown two big leads already this season vs. Tampa Bay and Detroit. Head coach Leslie Frazier is expected to decide Wednesday whether Ponder will make his first career start against the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Washington is over .500 [3-2] but when you have Rex Grossman on your team, well I think you know where I’m heading with this. After playing decent football through the first four weeks of the season, Grossman threw four interceptions in the loss to the Eagles – three of them to Philadelphia safety Kurt Coleman. Mike Shanahan benched Grossman in the second half in favor of John Beck. Will this be a permanent change? We’ll see who lines up under center on Sunday in Carolina.
This isn’t exactly the “black and blue” division, but instead, four teams that have potential to succeed. They’re decent squads, but one or two of them might underachieve this year, ahem, Cowboys and Redskins fans. Expect the Eagles to soar to a decent amount of victories, while Dallas and New York duke it out for the second and third place.
1.) Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)– After one “comeback” season, quarterback Michael Vickhas literally been handed everything, as well as a new contact and an endorsement from NIKE. Yet, don’t expect the aging and injury prone gunslinger to lead his team to the Super Bowl. They’ll be challenged, especially against their NFC East counterparts, who’ll be gunning for a squad that splurged on numerous top-name free agents.
2.) Dallas Cowboys (9-7) – They indeed have injuries, as well as other problems too, but there’s something in the air that says, head coach Jason Garrett will continue the success he experienced during the final eight games of last year. Expect his guidance, tutelage and swagger to help Dallas rebound from an awful [6-10] season. Also, is this the year that quarterback Tony Romoleads the Cowboys to the promise land? We’ll see!
3.) New York Giants (8-8) – The G-Men made some moves this offseason, as well as said, so long, farewell and good bye to wide receiver Steve Smith. Although, head coach Tom Coughlin expressed to the media recently that he’s focused on the Washington Redskins. The Giants will certainly surprise some this season, but not too many.
4.) Washington Redskins (6-10) – According to various reports, quarterback John Beckisn’t exactly the happiest man these days because Rex Grossmanearned the starting spot on the depth chart. Of course, Beck won’t be happy, especially if Grossman plays like he did with the Chicago Bears in ’06. Similar to the other teams in this division, they’ll be somewhat competitive, but in the end, they’ll lose a majority of their games.