Here is a short list of the NFL teams with decisions to make regarding their quarterback situations.
- Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck suffered a concussion during yesterdays loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Seahawks will be up against the tough pass rush of the New York Giants in week 9 which should weigh into their decision of who will start the game. The team traded for Charlie Whitehurst during the offseason and remains the teams backup QB despite having a poor preseason. Hasselbeck’s concussion may force them to start Whitehurst on Sunday whether or not he gives the best chance of winning.
- Colt McCoy has led them against two tough teams and has performed better than expected while Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme have been out with injuries. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that both Wallace and Delhomme could return to practice on Wednesday which means that the Browns will have decision to make regarding their strategy against the Patriots. ESPN’s Matt Williamson thinks the decision is easier than it may seem to the team, “If I were the Browns, I think the No. 1 priority the rest of the season has to be ‘Do we need a quarterback, or do we have a quarterback?’ I think they need to know that by draft day. The other two quarterbacks don’t matter. McCoy has to be the starter.
- Despite putting together back to back strong performances from Jason Campbell, Raiders head coach Tom Cable has made it clear that he plans to go with Bruce Gradkowski once he returns from his injury. Campbell was able to tally 310 yards passing and two touchdowns against the Seahawks on Sunday. Despite the news, Campbell is likely to start week 9’s game against the division leading Kansas City Chiefs. It will be interesting to see if Campbell is able to lead them past the Chiefs on Sunday because it will force Cable to consider a change.
- The Cardinals weren’t able to pull out a win over Tampa Bay yesterday. Rookie quarterback Max Hall was benched in favor of Derek Anderson who lead them back into the game only throw an interception that ended the game. Despite Anderson late-game miscue, Columnist Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic feels that the Cardinals should stick with Anderson for the remainder of the season for better or for worse. Hall could be the teams future quarterback but as of now he needs more time to mature so there is chance that Anderson starts in week 9.
San Francisco 49ers
- Troy Smith was given the start against Denver and was able to lead them to a much needed victory. After the game head coach Mike Singletary commented on the teams quarterback situation by saying, “We’re going to continue to go forward with Troy Smith right now, as far as Alex Smith is concerned, it’s a week-to-week deal. I’ll wait and talk to our doctors, trainers, whatever. But we’ll make those decisions when we need to.” – per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. It’s pretty clear that Singletary’s job is on line so he will likely ride the hot hand until he’s forced to make a change. San Francisco’s next game will be at home against the St Louis Rams two weeks from now so there will be plenty more on this situation in the coming days.