2010 NFL Predictions: Five Starting QBs Who Won't Last the Season
NFL Training Camp is set to start in a week. And every season, teams come in with high expectations.
The player who shoulders the heaviest load is the quarterback.
Because of this, there are teams with a tight leash wrapped around their starter's neck. They could be yanked at anytime.
Some quarterbacks have minimal chances of remaining starters all year.
Others have just reached the end and coaches must try to save their jobs with a change, even if there aren't better options.
This list will not include Trent Edwards of the Buffalo Bills. Not because of the belief he will last the season as starter, but the belief he won't even start as starter.
Other players like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees will remain safe. The only chance they have of not ending the season as a starter is injury.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about these other players...
Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals
Matt Leinart has a lot to live up to and he seems to have many people against him.
Leinart is finally getting the chance to start after Kurt Warner retired following last season.
As a sign of respect to Leinart, the Cardinals made some changes.
They got rid of their number two receiver in Anquan Boldin, and brought in Derek Anderson to back him up.
The odds are not in his favor.
Leinart must prove he is mature enough on and off the field to handle the job.
He needs to win over his teammates, and most importantly show improvement on the field.
In his few appearances nothing stood out about Leinart. He still has a strong arm, but misses a lot of easy opportunities.
His deep accuracy will be most important in the Cardinals offense. This type of offense cannot succeed with a short passing game.
If Leinart can't find the open man down-field, someone else will be given the chance.
Vince Young, Tennessee Titans
Vince Young has a firm grasp on the Tennessee Titans quarterback position.
That doesn't mean he can't give it up.
Young has proven to be a winner throughout his NFL career, but he still has struggled at times with certain parts of the game.
His accuracy can be inconsistent ,and he had only 10 TDs passing in the games he started.
Young's decision making has also been thrown into question. Off the field he had more issues this off-season, and in the huddle there have been times he doesn't seem to have the best command.
Plus, it doesn't help that his coach still doesn't seem to trust him.
With Kerry Collins still a viable backup, don't be surprised to see a short leash on Vince.
Matt Moore, Carolina Panthers
Matt Moore probably has the most stacked against him.
After Jimmy Clausen fell to the Panthers, the future doesn't bode well for Moore. Add in a questionable team, and the future rears its head a little quicker.
Moore doesn't even get the opportunity to gain extra chemistry with Steve Smith this off-season.
Moore just needs to be a game manager.
DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart will carry the bulk of the offensive load. If Moore tries to do too much, John Fox will put in someone who won't.
Moore has a solid offensive line in front of him and must learn to pick his spots. His starts last year were solid, but lacked something to separate him coming into this year.
The change from Jake Delhomme will be nice for Panthers fans, but in the end it won't matter for Moore.
David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars
David Garrard made the Pro Bowl in 2010, but his job is very much in jeopardy.
At age 32, Garrard has never thrown for more than 18 TDs in a season.
At times last season, Garrard struggled holding on to the ball. He fumbled 14 times, losing eight.
Jack Del Rio has shown him little confidence in the media. And with the media showing little confidence in Del Rio's job, it makes Garrard vulnerable.
The Jaguars play in a difficult division, which doesn't help Garrard's cause.
Expect to see Luke McCown at some point during the year, right before Del Rio is dismissed.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks
Matt Hasselbeck enters 2010 with a new coach, Pete Carroll, who has no loyalties to him at all.
Charlie Whitehurst could very well see playing time this season.
The Seattle Seahawks offense does not have a lot of weapons—No great wide receivers or running backs to help the aging Hasselbeck.
At age 34, with questionable help, it doesn't look good.
He threw 17 interceptions in 2009, and had one of the lower yards per pass averages at 6.2.
In Carroll's newer offense, Hasselbeck must start to throw down the field.
He will be good to have around for the younger players, but he isn't the future.
Unfortunately for Seattle, it's time to let go of the mid 2000s and start a new run.
Surprise Candidates to Last the Whole Season
Many don't know what to expect from Alex Smith in San Francisco this season. This is clearly his last chance to win the starting role for the future.
Smith has less pressure on him than past years. When the 49ers traded Shaun Hill to the Detroit Lions the job was his. When the 49ers passed up drafting an early round QB, the job was really his.
And Alex Smith will take full advantage of the situation. Do not expect him to end his starting tenure prematurely.
Kyle Orton may not be around beyond this season for Denver, but don't be surprised when he keeps his job.
Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow are waiting in the wings, but Orton will hang on.
A change of scenery should be very helpful for Delhomme. Many expect him to fizzle out fast, but he still has some left in the tank.
Jake enters the season with a little less pressure on him early. He should be given the chance to find a rhythm, win the starters job, and hang onto it.
Delhomme doesn't have the best team around him in Cleveland, but they aren't as bad as some think either.
Seneca Wallace and Colt McCoy breathing down Delhomme's neck won't be comfortable, but neither will beat him out this year.
Holmgren will want the young QB he drafted to be slowly developed, and Wallace will only be used in specific situations.
Delhomme is a good player to learn from, and the team will use that to their advantage for Colt.