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Back That Thang Up.

The NFL carousel of quarterbacks was in full effect on Sunday. Washington, the Browns, and the New York Jets benched their starters. So far, QBs Colt McCoy and Johnny Manziel led their teams to Week 13 losses. Geno Smith and the Jets will play the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. FTS is not high on any of these signal callers. They may have shown some promise in college, but they are not NFL ready. McCoy has at least shown leadership skills and fortitude but lacks the size and strength to be an elite quarterback.

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Backup QB Suck in the Modern NFL

Our younger readers are never going to recall the reference, but these three QBs couldn’t hold Earl Morrall’s jock. Morrall was the quintessential insurance policy, backing up Hall of Fame QBsJohnny Unitas, Bob Griese, Fran Tarkenton, Len Dawson and Y.A. Tittle. Plus, to this day, he is the only backup quarterback to come off the bench and lead his team to a come-from-behind Super Bowl victory. Morrall was so good that he led the Baltimore Colts to 13-1 record en route to a Super Bowl championship. The only reason he didn’t finish the season is that Johnny Unitas came back from his injury.

This era’s quarterbacks are glorified clipboard holders. They don’t get any first-team reps during the week and barely can grasp team playbooks. Is it any wonder they are so bad.

WFAN personality Mike Francesca is famous for saying, if you use two quarterbacks, you don’t have one. Owners, adjust your rosters.

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