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2013 NFL QB'S ON THE HOT SEAT

July 12, 2013
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



The following NFL QB's will need to have bigger and better seasons to get off this list...the Hot Seat List:

 

1. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

Why Schaub?  Because he is  a two-time Pro Bowler with three 4,000-yard seasons to his credit, and they are two-time defending AFC South champions are considered one of the league’s top teams and Super Bowl contenders in 2013. Houston, however, has yet to advance past the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs under Schaub.   

 

2. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

There’s the matter of the six-year, $108 million contract extension Romo signed in March, which if anything, only adds to the pressure and the Cowboys have missed the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.

 

3. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

This is a critical season for the 30-year-old, as new Bears’ new coaching staff and management have to decide whether he’s the long-term answer or not.

 

 

4. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

In 2008, Rivers led the NFL in passer rating (105.5) and touchdown passes (34). Since then his passer rating has dropped each year, down to 88.6 last year, and he has turned the ball over 49 times over the last two seasons.

 

 

5. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

The team added to the ever-present quarterback controversy by drafting Geno Smith in the second round. It’s no secret that Sanchez’ days as the Jets’ starter are numbered.

 

 

6. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

This will be just his second season as the Titans’ starter, but it’s clear that Locker needs to show he can get the job done this fall.

 

 

7. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Freeman threw for a career-high 4,065 yards and 27 touchdown passes, but he completed less than 55 percent of his passes last season and has yet to put two productive seasons together.

 

 

8. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars

Gabbert has won five games in two seasons, has completed less than 54 percent of his passes, and has fewer touchdown passes (21) than games played (25).

 

9. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

Vick, is at a career crossroads and hasn’t played a full season since 2006 and he has a career completion rate of 56 percent.

 

10. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

Having Trent Richardson in your backfield certainly helps, but unless Weeden can improve on his 57.4 completion percentage and 14:17 touchdown-to-interception ratio, not to mention in the win column.

 

11. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

Ponder had less than 3,000 yards passing and only 18 touchdowns in 2012.   Granted, when you have Adrian Peterson you probably don’t need your quarterback to do much, but Ponder has to show he can do more through the air than his measly 183.4 yards per game.

 

12. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Smith has shown what he can do when he gets the majority of the snaps, going 19-5-1 in his last two seasons in San Francisco. He also has shown, however, that he has a tendency to get hurt, which resulted in him losing the 49ers’ starting gig.


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