Now that the draft is behind us and the free-agent market has been picked clean, NFL teams are essentially locked in to their current rosters. That means some squads will have to make do with less-than-stellar situations at certain positions.
The following three teams have serious problems at the quarterback position and they could lead to disastrous situations during the 2012 season.
The Dolphins selected Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill with the No. 9 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but almost no one expects him to contribute as a rookie. That leaves Miami with a choice of either Matt Moore or David Garrard to run things from the quarterback position this fall. Ouch.
Moore started 13 games in 2011 and had a decent year. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,497 yards, with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Moore also fumbled nine times, and I haven't met or heard from a person who thinks he is a legitimate franchise guy under center.
Meanwhile, Garrard was cut before last season in favor of rookie starter Blaine Gabbert, who ended up having a horrible first season.
The Dolphins will essentially be counting down the days until Tannehill is ready to take over.
The Seahawks signed Matt Flynn this offseason, then drafted Wisconsin's Russell Wilson in the third round of this year's draft. Those two add to a quarterback depth chart that already has the perennially disappointing Tarvaris Jackson on it.
The Seahawks used Jackson last season and their pass offense ranked 22nd in the league averaging 194.1 yards per game. Jackson has proven over and over again that he's not the kind of guy who can lead a franchise.
Meanwhile, Flynn is unproven as a starter, and Wilson is only 5'11" and just 204 pounds, not exactly the size of the ideal franchise quarterback.
Flynn is clearly the guy the Seahawks want to take charge, but instead of giving him the job, the team has opened up the quarterback position to a competition. After Seattle's rookie minicamp, head coach Pete Carroll made the decision that all three guys will compete for the job in training camp.
The Seahawks gave Flynn a three-year, $26 million contract ($10 million guaranteed). He should be the starter until he proves he cannot handle the position. Opening the job up to competition could seriously backfire on Seattle.
I really don't know what the Cleveland Browns are doing at quarterback. All offseason, members of the organization claimed that returning starter Colt McCoy would be the guy under center. Then, on draft night, the Browns selected Oklahoma State signal-caller Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick in the first round.
Head coach Pat Shurmur claims the franchise hopes the 28-year-old Weeden will be the starter when the 2012 season rolls around. But during the team's rookie minicamp, Weeden had serious issues taking snaps from under center after taking almost all of his collegiate snaps from the shotgun.
The problem is most of the roster probably feels loyal to McCoy, despite the fact that he struggled in two years as a starter. He has been through the wars with the rest of the Browns, and with better players around him, he probably could have produced better results.
By not trading McCoy away and establishing a clear starter-backup combination, the Browns have left themselves open to a divided locker room. As of now, a competition between Weeden and McCoy—with Seneca Wallace on the outside looking in—could be disastrous for the team's long-term plans at the position