Positional Battles: Quarterback

By Pasha Hashemzadeh

While most teams have their starting quarterback gig filled, there are still a few situations that remain unclear. We discuss here.

Robert Griffin vs. Josh McCown – RG3 is in Cleveland and looking to resurrect his career. Josh McCown is the only thing in his way, and one can say he performed less than admirably last year. With Josh Gordon likely to enter the lineup at some point this season and the addition of rookie WR Corey Coleman, RG3 looks to make the most of his new gig and become the starting QB for the Browns. The team boasts a strong offensive line. An established running game will help take the pressure off RG3, and Cleveland needs to do it’s best to keep him upright, as another serious injury may be it for the former Washington signal caller.

Mark Sanchez vs. Paxton Lynch – Sanchez will surely start the year for the reigning Super Bowl champs, though the Broncos did not draft Lynch in the first round to have him sit on the bench for any extended period of time. Lynch can learn from Sanchez, and it will only be a matter of time before the former Philly QB implodes despite the weapons at his disposal in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Lynch will likely earn a few starts after the halfway point of the season.

Sam Bradford vs. Carson Wentz – Pederson maintains that Bradford is his guy – for now. After all, they didn’t throw him a boatload of money to sit on the bench. Wentz needs polish, and will learn a lot from new Eagles coach and former Chiefs offensive coordinator Pederson. Bradford has the talent to keep his starting gig throughout the year, though he is made of glass and could easily get injured, throwing Wentz into the fire at some point this year.

Colin Kaepernick vs. Blaine Gabbert – Yuck. San Francisco needs another quarterback. Some beat writers out of SF believe Gabbert to be the better fit in Chip Kelly’s system, though Kaep is the superior talent. An established run game with Carlos Hyde will help mask the deficiencies of the starting SF quarterback. Kaepernick figures to be that man, though he does currently have nagging injuries and not much help in the passing game. This is a situation to avoid come draft time.