Projecting the Top Fits for NFL Teams Who Desperately Need QBs After 2012 Season
We've reached the end of the 2012 NFL regular season, and while a lucky dozen teams will play on for the majority of teams, this is it, and it's time to look forward to 2013.
It's not hard for quite a few NFL teams to find the most glaring reason as to why their season didn't go as planned.
Their play at the quarterback spot was decidedly not good.
In fact, for some teams, improving under center has to be priority numero uno, and here's a look at some veterans and rookies that would be excellent fits for the squads in the dire-est of straits at the position.
Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith
Poor quarterback play certainly wasn't the only reason that the Kansas City Chiefs finished the season at 2-14 and will pick first overall in the 2013 NFL draft.
However, the duo of the putrid Matt Cassel and the possible even worse Brady Quinn didn't help matters any, as evidenced by the fact that the Chiefs finished the year 31st in the NFL in passing offense.
That's far from the Chiefs' only problem, and the team isn't going to be fixed overnight, so the best bet for Kansas City is to go young and address the position through the draft.
That brings us to West Virginia's Geno Smith, who sits at the head of a weak draft class at the position for 2013.
Robert Griffin he isn't, but Smith does possess a strong arm and impressive athleticism.
Arizona Cardinals: Alex Smith
The Arizona Cardinals started the 2012 season with John Skelton under center, but when Skelton got hurt in the season's first game the team handed the reins back to Kevin Kolb, who proceeded to lead the Cardinals to four straight wins to open the year.
Then Kolb went down, and the team won once in their final 12 games.
That would seem to indicate that not only does the team desperately need to upgrade at quarterback but that Arizona is capable of making some noise in the NFC West if they can acquire a quarterback and improve the offensive front.
If that's the case, then the Cardinals would be best served to look at a veteran option under center, and while he doesn't exactly scream "upside" Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers is the best of this year's bunch.
Of course, if they don't fix that line it won't matter, because whoever the Cards have at quarterback is going to get squished.
Buffalo Bills: Tyler Wilson
The Buffalo Bills entered this season amidst a ton of hype that they might be a dark horse contender in the AFC East, but after another lackluster season big changes are coming in Western New York.
One of those changes could be at quarterback, where after another late-season swoon Ryan Fitzpatrick finds himself on thin ice with the organization, with GM Buddy Nix stating publicly that the team will look to address the position this season.
With that said though there really aren't any veteran options out there that are that much better than Fitzpatrick, so the team's best bet is likely to draft a young quarterback such as Arkansas' Tyler Wilson that can either challenge Fitzpatrick or serve as his understudy.
New York Jets: Michael Vick
I think it's been readily established that the New York Jets exist in the NFL equivalent of the "The Twilight Zone", so rather than fight it we might as well embrace it.
Michael Vick to the Jets is an excellent fit at the same time that it's a horrible idea, for a number of reasons.
First, unless the Jets hire a general manager who's like, competent or something, Gang Green will probably enter next year under the delusion that they're a contender in the AFC East.
Then, you take a quarterback who has refused to take a pay cut in order to potentially stay in Philadelphia and who called out his teammates after getting blown out in Week 17 according to Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Enquirer.
That sort of attitude would fit in perfectly with the "me me me" culture that Rex Ryan has created in New York.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Tim Tebow
This one has the best chance on this list to actually happen (outside possibly Geno Smith to Kansas City) much to the delight of some and the chagrin of others.
Listen, say what you will about Tim Tebow as a quarterback, but there are two things about him that can't really be argued.
One, he's very popular, especially in Florida, and if there's a fanbase in the NFL that could use a jolt of enthusiasm, it's the Jaguars.
Second, in 2011 Tebow won football games with the Denver Broncos. In fact, Tebow's Broncos won more games in 2011 than the Jaguars did in 2011 and 2012 combined.
When your quarterbacks are Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne what do you really have to lose?