The NFL season opener is just few months away, but before that happens, OTA´s, Training Camps and Preseason Games have to start.
While most of football fans can´t wait for the regular season to start, some look forward to the off-season to see the position battles that each team will have.
Because I fall into the second category (so do you, I suppose), I decided to make a slideshow of the 5 most heated battles of one of the most complex position in any sport.
I give you...
The Top 5 QB Battles To Watch In 2010
Favorite: Matt Hasselbeck
Going into training-camp, Hasselbeck is heavily the favored QB in the Seahawks facility, but that can change if Charlie Whitehurst makes the right throws at the right time.
Pete Carroll thinks that Whitehurst can take over the team (even though he hasn’t thrown a single pass in the regular season in his entire career); nonetheless this is still Hasselbeck’s spot to lose.
Some potential game-changers in this QB competition is Matt Hasselbeck injury problems, which could give Charlie Whitehurst the job.
Favorite: Jake Delhomme
While Jake was brought to Cleveland to bring some leadership to the Brown’s offense, but if he performs like he did late in the season last year or gets injured, the job would correspond to the rookie Colt McCoy.
The dark horse in this battle is Seneca Wallace, whom while at Seattle proved he could be a short-term solution while McCoy develops.
Nevertheless Jake Delhomme probably will stay at the No. 1 spot thanks to his veteran status.
Favorite: Matt Leinart
With Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals are left with the challenging decision of choosing Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson.
Both showed a promising future at some point in their career, however later on they were criticized and benched. Anderson and Leinart are not too young and mutually know this will probably be their last shot at a starting spot in their career.
Matt Leinart has the edge because he has been in the organization the longest, but it’s totally possible for Derek Anderson to take the starting spot if he can show a high performance in training-camp.
Favorite: Kyle Orton
Kyle Orton is the starter coming into training-camp because he has been with the team more time than the others (and while he didn´t put up superb statistics, he played preety good), but Tim Tebow is the Broncos QB of the future, it all depends if Tebow can show he is capabale of playing at the pro level.
What makes this competition interesting is that Denver acquired Brady Quinn, who is still young.
While Orton may be the favorite, if Tebow or Quinn showthat they can play and learn the new sytem fast enough, they can win the starting spot.
Why are the Bills at No. 1?
Because there´s no clear cut favorite right now.
Trent Edwards didn´t play good at all, getting ijured in a few games, meanwhile his back-up Fitzpatrick had a couple of impressive games.
The only problem is that he had more than just a couple of bad games.
Briam Brohm right now looks like a bust; drafted out of Louisville in the second-round, he couldn´t even win the QB battle for the No.2 spot on the Packers roster against a seven-rounder. Nevertheless, he still has a chance of getting the nod over the other guys, if he can show off his arm-strength during camp.