The importance of the #2 QB

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  1. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    We all saw how important the #2 QB can be to a season. But I had forgotten about the backup QB who preserved Miami Dolphins perfect season in 1972. It remains the only unbeaten season in NFL history. Earl Morrall, (an old journeyman QB like McCown, only older) came off the bench that year and started 9 games when Griese broke his ankle. Miami won all 9 of those games, and then Griese returned to lead the team to a Super Bowl win. Morrall played 21 seasons in the NFL. He died today at age 79.

    Hope Trestman has a solid #2 this season.

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    Oh man, Brian was that good so young!? Kudos Brian, kudos
     
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    No one could be older than McCown. He's 135 years old. And now that he is on the Bucs Bears fans must hate him because he did not choose to make 1/5 of what he can make there.
     
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    Right now I have no confidence in any of our other QBs to step in and win games for us. I had no confidence in McCown either, but he stepped up and did it. Until I see the same from these other guys or I see a string of marginal QBs become good QBs under Trestman, I am going to worry about that position.
    It can break your season and in fact it did break one of ours. IMO, it is our potential weakest link. I can't wait to see what Trestman can do with the next man up.
     
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    Our QB2 is enormously important IMO. Jay has an injury history and one is not being fair or honest with themselves if they say hes not a injury risk or concern. As much work as Emery has put into this offseason to gear this team up for a run I'm sure he won't see it derailed due to a Cutler injury and lack of competent backup. We don't know what the word is in HH about Palmer. What we do know is that he is very unproven and doesn't have a whole lot to back up claims he is viable number two. I expect somehow someway we see another guy in here ready to compete and provide another option if Palmer isn't doing as well as some think in the situation that Jay goes down.
     
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    Problem w/the backup is the problem w/the qb position in general, there aren't 32 quality starters and the backups are normally worse then the worst starter(normally).

    Going back to 06 only the Pitt Stealers from a few years ago had more then 1-2 games where the Backup play, and the SF team that replaced Smith w/Kaep(their long term plans regardless) went to SB's. Pitt and their backups played 4 games, 2 for Batch and 2 for Dixon; anyone thinking those guys are good? both had .500 td to int ratios or worse. Even the Chicago SB was the 1 year Rex was able to stay healthy all season; we all know what happened w/SF and Kaep.

    Point is, if you want to get to SB's and win them, your QB has to be really good and really healthy, doesn't have to be great, Big Ben and Eli Manning and Flacco that, but they do have to be really good.
     
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    My two pennies.

    Without Cutler, assuming we make the playoffs, we will be one and done, thus we need Cutler for the playoffs. McCown was a blessing in that he could come in for 6 weeks and keep us in the playoffs. I do not believe Palmer is McCown and can win 6 games for us, but may be servicable for a couple games if required. Short of drafting a QB in the first two rounds this situation will probably not change. Once again we have to pick our poison and I think Palmer is the most likely to succeed at this point.

    What I do not understand is how comfortable we are with Jerrod Johnson as the #3 QB and if he is a potential replacement for Jay Cutler down the road. If Trestman likes him then we can take QB off the need list and look for UDFA for camp fodder and to battle JJ for the #3 spot. If we are not comfortable with JJ we will spend a late pick on a QB. And if we are not comfortable with Palmer and QB's fall, we could have a surprise pick at #14 in Bortles or Carr if we do not feel we have a back up to Jay. I am leaning towards late pick or none at all.
     
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    I did a bunch or research on JJ and he is kind of a RGIII lite. Big, strong arm, fast, agile. Had one solid year at A&M (2009) 60% comp 30 TD 8 Int 3500 yds. Rushed for 500 yds 8 TD.

    Injured his shoulder the next year and was replaced. From some of the articles on JJ it could be that the shoulder injury was a more serious injury than originally thought and it took him more than a year to recover from it. Some of the articles indicted that he did not regain full arm strength until late 2011. I have no idea if any of this is true.

    We have signed him to the PS and cut and re-signed him. So I assume that Trestman/Kromer/Cavanaugh see something in him. I expect that if we don't see some significant improvement form him this preseason, he will be cut.
     
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    Can we be honest for a second and all admit we didn't have confidence in McNown last year before he did what he did? Can we be honest that we had no confidence nor should we have had any?
     
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    I had confidence in McCown. I thought he could still play back in 2011 in the last two games of the season.
     

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