Hurting for name QBs

Bill's Rants

December 15, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

That the NFL is a league of attrition might be the most certain thing that can be said about it. As an illustration, here's a list of some probable starting quarterbacks this weekend, all of whom inherited their jobs entirely or in part because of injuries. In some cases, we're three deep on the depth chart.

In Carolina, Matt Moore, an undrafted rookie, could be the Panthers' fourth starting quarterback this season because Vinny Testaverde (himself hauled out of semi-retirement) has an Achilles' problem and Carolina has thrown up its hands with David Carr.

In San Francisco, it'll be ex-Terrapin Shaun Hill, who has played in two games in six seasons. Alex Smith is out for the year and Trent Dilfer could be because of a concussion.

Of course, in Miami, the Ravens draw Cleo Lemon, who had thrown 68 passes before this season and had temporarily lost his job to rookie John Beck. Trent Green, another concussion victim, has been out most of the season.

For the Washington Redskins, Todd Collins, who hasn't started a game in 10 years, will do so in a crucial contest against the New York Giants. He's filling in for the injured Jason Campbell.

And for Atlanta, ex-Raven Chris Redman, the only guy on the Falcons to have kind words for Bobby Petrino, keeps the starting job for the time being on that distressed team.

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