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Early look at QBs

August 12, 2011

Some teams are set at Quarterback, but it seems almost every team has a QB fighting for a position.

Looking at day one of the preseason, it appears that some are putting up a good fight, while others are laying down and dying.  First let’s look at those who looked good on the first night of the preseason.

A starter: Kevin Kolb.  I’m one of the people who thought that getting rid of Donovan McNabb was going to be a terrible idea for the Eagles.  I also thought that Michael Vick was awesome, I even wore his old Falcons jerseys while he was in prison (lots of people hated me for it).  Anyway, I was not surprised when Kolb had a disastrous week 1 of the 2010 season against Green Bay.  I then thought it stupid that every team in the league with “QB issues” was dumb to consider him the top available prospect.  Last night Kolb shut me up a bit.  He looked very poised and like a guy who was ready to lead a team.  Last year perhaps was a bit of a wakeup call and now he’s ready to take the next step and lead a team.  Don’t let the 4 for 7 stats fool you, he was very solid, and watch for him to continue to grow now without the pressure of being in front of Vick.

A Backup: Tim Tebow.  Before he was  drafted,  I thought all the hype about him was extreme.  One guy even said “I would like this good lookin’ man to run my offense.”  What does that mean?  When he scored his first rushing TD, Jim Rome said something along the lines of the Greatest rushing TD ever.  I’m all about proving it on the field, which Tebow hasn’t really showcased; however, I’m also against all the negative publicity he’s getting lately for no reason and have begun rooting for him (I still like Kyle Orton more).  Last night Tebow was 6 of 7 which included a 43 yard dart to Matthew Willis.  Tebow again proved that in big games, he shows up.  This game wasn’t big for Denver, Dallas, or many other second string players, but Tebow had to come out and prove he can play QB in the league, and for now he did.

Looked bad:

Starter: Tarvaris Jackson.  Was anyone really surprised by his once again average and blasé performance put many fans asleep, but this time in Seattle not Minneapolis.  You can argue that T-Jack didn’t have Sidney Rice to throw to, but that didn’t work too well for them in the purple uniforms either.  Now may be the time to panic for Seattle as well as Russell Okung heard a pop in his ankle last night, and even though x-rays came back negative, this can’t be a good sign.

Backup: Blaine Gabbert.  Gabbert got his first dose of the NFL.  He also got his first dose of what it’s like to play for a declining NFL franchise.  The Jaguars did their best to make Gabbert look awful allowing 3 sacks and 3 drops while Gabbert was on the field.  It’s only one game, and too early in Gabbert’s career where it will affect him too much.  This mostly means that David Garrard will probably lead them into their 3-13 season, and potential move to L.A. (although other teams seem more likely to go).

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