In Major League Baseball, each team is armed with an arsenal of Pitchers, and the ace-in-the-hole, the Closer. The pitchers all receive game-time, in rotation, and if a particular Pitcher is having a “bad day,” he is replaced by another Pitcher, in turn.
MLB and NFL are a apples and oranges comparison, but it seems that having viable options to make the necessary changes, to secure the win, is a smart choice.
The purpose of the NFL team’s backup quarterback, is to take charge, in the absence of the starting quarterback. In some cases the back-up QB doe’s not start at all during the season, earning zero prime-time game action.
Team practice aside, doe’s a lack of game-time render the backup quarterback ineffective in a live game scenario? If so, what good are they, if they can’t help lead the team to a victory?
Keeping the backup quarterback on the sidelines is a way of life in the NFL. When the fans come to a game they expect to see the Star-quarterback. The coaches don’t seem to have much confidence in the backup quarterback, fearing that he will do more harm than good, if allowed to play.
When the Star-quarterback in not injured, but his performance is lacking in a series of games, shouldn’t he be benched for a viable alternative, a backup quarterback who can get it done?
Dec. 28, New York Giants. head coach, Tom Coughlin on his team’s performance this season, “Perplexing, disappointing and frustrating.”
Rex Ryan head coach, of the New York Jets, reaction to his team’s performance, Ryan was asked if this was his strangest season yet, he replied, “I would say that’s pretty accurate, and we’ve had some strange ones.”
The Super Bowl Champion, New York Giants, are known for their come back from behind wins. It’s sort of their calling card. In last season, many times over, the Giants were counted down and out, only to comeback, and win game after game. All the way up to the Super Bowl.
In a string of losses, five out of seven of their last games, which eroded the Giants’ chances to make the play-offs; perhaps quarterback Eli Manning, should have been benched at some point, for a backup quarterback option?
It’s hard to imagine that the Giants, backup quarterback, David Carr, could of been worse than Manning is, at this point in the season.
The New York Jets, the unofficial laughing stock of the NFL, had it’s own comedy of errors in their quarterback shuffle. Sanchez, Tebow, and then McElroy, all prove to be a laughable combination. The only one’s not laughing are the Jets’ fans.
Greg McElroy, third-string quarterback for the New York Jets, is sacked 11 times in last Sunday’s game and later diagnosed with a concussion.
The Jets star quarterback, ha! Mark Sanchez, will return for the last game in regular season, passing over Tim Tebow. Sanchez is leading the league in turn-overs, 50, in the last two seasons with the Jets.
There are two types of football fans, the blindly devoted, die-hard and the others, that realize it’s time to start replacing players, including quarterbacks.