(Luke McCown photo courtesy of the New Orleans Saints)
(Brandon Weeden photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys/James D. Smith)
Talk of Fame Network
A month into the NFL season, and seven teams have already gone to the bench for their backup quarterback.
Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Pittsburgh have all had to replace Pro Bowl quarterbacks because of injuries. So we asked our Talk of Fame Network listeners and readers which backup quarterback was best suited for success over the long haul as a starter and gave them five options: Jimmy Clausen (Chicago), Luke McCown (New Orleans), Ryan Mallett (Houston), Mike Vick (Pittsburgh) or Brandon Weeden (Dallas).
The winner with 35.3 percent of the vote was McCown, who stepped in and threw for 310 yards filling in for Brees in Week 2 against Carolina. Weeden finished second with 29.4 percent of the vote, even though he is now 0-2 as Tony Romo’s replacement this season. Brees went to the sideline with soreness in his throwing shoulder and Romo with a fractured collarbone.
Vick, the only Pro Bowler of the five options, finished third with 17.6 percent of the vote, followed by Clausen at 11.8 percent and Mallett at 5.9 percent.
The seven backups that have been forced to play this season have a combined 3-8 record. The only quarterbacks to deliver victories in relief were Johnny Manziel of the Browns, Matt Hasselbeck at Indianapolis and Mallett with the Texans.