Thursday, August 22, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Someone remarked to me after last week’s column that this could very well be the “year of the quarterback.”
Now, I think it only fit and proper as we continue to pursue this QB theme that we start this one with “America’s Team” or rather, the NFL team which is worth more than any other.
The Dallas Cowboys played one of their oldest rivals on Saturday and allowed the Arizona Cardinals to shove their pre-season wins another notch in the negative direction at 1-2. And the Dallas stable stalwart behind center didn’t really factor into the game loss which had the Cards’ kicker out-pointing the entire Cowboy team 12-7. Yeah, America’s team was beaten by field goals. Tony Romo went one and a half quarters, hitting seven of 10 for 142 yards but no score.
The second team offense took over with its leader, Kyle Orton, a move that some critics said that Jason Garrett shouldn’t have made. The ‘O’ man only lasted three series and tossed two picks. So, if the Cowboys have to go to the bench for a back-up they just might consider passing Orton for third stringer Alex Tanney. He gave the boys from the richest ranch their only touchdown late in the fourth quarter. His total work was 14 of 19 for 136 yards and that score.
The N.Y. Jets’ QB situation was panned brutally over the weekend by ESPN analyst, A. Stephen Smith (he also came down hard on the MLB’s PEDS problems). Although the Jets won at 37-13, Rex Ryan stated that didn’t settle the quarterback dilemma. Mark Sanchez led the Jets for three quarters with his closest competitor (Geno Smith) on the bench with a bruised ankle.
The losing Jaguars are also having trouble installing a field general. Blaine Gabbert is trying to stay in front of Chad Henne, who is waiting at the end of the bench. Gabbert injured his thumb in the Jets game and is hoping it isn’t serious.
Would you like to know who the top 10 field generals are expected to be this season? Well, here they are – (1) Peyton Manning, (2) Aaron Rodgers, (3) Tom Brady, (4) Drew Brees, (5) Russell Wilson, (6) Matt Ryan, (7) Colin Kaepernick, (8) Joe Flacco, (9) Ben Roethlisberger and (10) Robert Griffin III.
Do you agree? Is your fave among that number?
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