Every week, NFL teams enter a game as a decided underdog. And typically, it’s for one simple reason: They have a distinct advantage at the quarterback position.
Without a reliable player under center, a franchise doesn’t have much of a chance at winning. While finding the right player to fill that role can instantly change the fortunes of an entire team.
Despite this boom-or-bust situation, most general managers and coaches aren’t apt to roll the dice in search of the answer. They continually trot out marginal quarterbacks, content to go with players who fit the mold. It’s why Brady Quinn continues to get job after job, despite never being able to actually perform on the field.
Hardly a week goes by where the Twitter world doesn’t point this out, as fans rant about the incompetence of many NFL QBs. And almost invariably, the same question ultimately gets posed: Wouldn’t Tim Tebow be a better option?
While some are tired of the entire Tebow saga altogether, it is a viable query. After all, it’s odd that a quarterback with a career record as a starter above .500 continues to remain unemployed, while guys who have never proven they can lead a team to victory keep getting chance after chance (many occurring on national television).
The reality remains that there are plenty of quarterbacks currently in the league that aren’t as good as Tebow. In fact, many of them will be starting this week.
Here are 10 quarterbacks who will be starting this week that aren’t as good as Tim Tebow:
10. Alex Smith
On the surface, this seems crazy; after all, Smith is the quarterback of the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team. But the Chiefs aren’t 9-0 because of their QB. In fact, they’re there in spite of Smith. The numbers prove this out. Through nine games, Kansas City has yet to post 1,800 passing yards, meaning they are averaging less than 200 per game. And Smith’s nine touchdown passes put him on pace for an anemic 16 for the season, a whopping one per game. In a passing league, that’s simply pathetic. But because of a great running game and an opportunistic defense, the Chiefs quarterback’s deficiencies get ignored.
9. Josh McCown
Sure, the Bears backup quarterback looked adequate against the Packers on Monday night, chucking up passes and hoping Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery would come down with them. But don’t let one decent game hide the history. McCown has bounced around, playing for four teams in 11 seasons, for a reason. He’s 14-20 as a starting quarterback, has thrown more interceptions (44) than touchdowns (40), and has a career QB rating of only 72.7. But, he has a strong arm and throws perfect spirals, so he’s collected an NFL paycheck for more than a decade.