Predicting Which NFL Teams Will Make QB Changes in the 2012 Season
With the 2012 NFL season less than two months away, teams begin preparing for the month-long training camp beginning in July. Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow are among the many notable players that begin training in a few weeks with their new teams.
There are bound to be changes made at the quarterback position during the 2012 NFL season. Mark Sanchez and Matt Hasselbeck will be given the nod as veteran quarterbacks, but can they last the entire season?
Will a certain rookie quarterback get the opportunity to start in his first season?
With a wild NFL season expected to occur, here are the NFL teams that will make quarterback changes this upcoming season.
6. Kansas City Chiefs
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The Kansas City Chiefs attempted to move on from the Matt Cassel era by either signing Peyton Manning or drafting a highly-touted quarterback in the draft. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, neither of those scenarios came to fruition.
They plan to start the season with Cassel as the quarterback, but how long will it last? The Chiefs have a young roster that can make an impact in the AFC, and they will not wait half the season before relieving Cassel of his starting duties.
Who could replace Cassel as the starting quarterback? Don't look too far down on the roster. Former former first-round pick Brady Quinn could finally earn another opportunity to start with a team.
It wasn't a coincidence that Quinn was signed by the Chiefs, who are coached by former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel. Crennel coached Quinn during their time in Cleveland.
This is a potential quarterback change that has flown under the radar, but Quinn could get his opportunity quite early if the Chiefs start slow to begin the season.
5. Seattle Seahawks
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As the Seattle Seahawks enter training camp with a quarterback dilemma, it would be wise to expect that a change will be made during the season.
The pressure is on Pete Carroll as he enters his third season as the coach of the Seahawks. He will not be reluctant to make a change if the Seahawks start the season off slow in the unpredictable NFC West.
Matt Flynn is expected to be given the nod as the starting quarterback. However, there is no guarantee that he will find success early in Seattle. Russell Wilson is highly regarded as the quarterback of the future, and it will be only a matter of time until he gets his chance.
Ultimately, Wilson will get a chance to contribute as the quarterback of the Seahawks and could be given the reins of the offense early on in his rookie season.
4. Arizona Cardinals
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The Arizona Cardinals are another NFC West team that will make a quarterback change this season. This team has the potential to compete for a playoff spot in the conference.
While their young defense continues to make strides in the offseason, the Cardinals offense could be one of the more dangerous units in the league, led by Larry Fitzgerald and rookie Michael Floyd.
Who will be the quarterback that throws the passes to these talented wide receivers?
After an injury-plagued season, Kevin Kolb will edge out John Skelton and become the starting quarterback for Week 1.
How long will it last? The Cardinals could have a very short leash on Kolb if he continues his inconsistencies as the quarterback for this franchise.
It's not a secret that the locker room supported John Skelton last year, as he was a crucial part of the team's success late in the season. Eventually, he will receive the opportunity to take on the job as a starter and not relinquish the position.
In fact, the Cardinals will have a better chance to compete the sooner Skelton becomes the starter.
3. Tennessee Titans
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There is no question that Matt Hasselbeck will become the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans to begin the year (barring an injury). This will only lead to more questions about the future of 2011 first-round pick Jake Locker.
Locker deserves the opportunity to accept the role as the franchise's quarterback. With a year under his belt, Locker will be put in a great position to succeed. Kenny Britt and rookie Kendall Wright are great weapons that will be essential in Locker's development as a quarterback.
With Chris Johnson in the backfield, Locker will have plenty of talent around him to make his job much easier. Mike Munchak will give Locker the starting job and allow him to showcase his potential to his teammates and the entire organization this season.
2. Miami Dolphins
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The Miami Dolphins are likely to go through more than two quarterbacks during the upcoming season. With David Garrard the favorite to win the starting job, there are plenty of concerns surrounding that potential decision.
Why should Garrard be given the decision to start despite missing the entire 2011 season? His tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars was far from perfect, and the Dolphins will realize that he is not the answer.
Matt Moore will become the starter at some point during the season. He deserves to be given the starting job after emerging with the Dolphins last season.
How long will Moore hold on to the starting job? It will depend on if the Dolphins are in a position to compete for a postseason berth. Ryan Tannehill will need plenty of time to develop, but Joe Philbin could give the reins to the former Aggies quarterback late in the year if the Dolphins are eliminated from playoff contention.
1. New York Jets
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It's only the month of July, but it is already time to prepare for Tebowmania in 2012.
Tim Tebow will not be content with backing up Mark Sanchez in 2012. He is ready to showcase his ability to his new teammates and coaches and will put pressure on Sanchez to succeed early in the season.
Sanchez is not the only member of the Jets organization facing pressure this year. Rex Ryan's job security cannot be guaranteed this coming season, especially if the Jets fail to make the playoffs two seasons in a row.
If a change at the quarterback position is the best solution, Ryan won't hesitate to make Tebow the starter.
Whether Tebow deserves the opportunity to start for the Jets is not the issue; rather, it's whether Sanchez's career with the Jets could come to an abrupt end this year.
Matt Miselis is a national football Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.