Top Five Quarterback Mysteries of the 2010 Season: What Were They Thinking?

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

Top Five Quarterback Mysteries of the 2010 Season: What Were They Thinking?

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by the San Diego Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    It's week 5 and we have seen multiple changes at the quarterback position, some because of bad play, others because of injuries.

    This article will focus on five quarterback mysteries from the first five weeks of the season. More will undoubtedly come - but with a third of the season almost gone I think we have seen some pretty mysterious moves.

    You might wonder why:

    McNabb isn't here, well I actually think that makes sense for the Eagles, and if they start using the multiple options the Kolb and Vick gives them I think moving on from McNabb will be smooth.

    Buffalo Bills aren't candidates - well there are so many wrongs on that team that it doesn't really matter who is behind center.

    The 49ers and Alex Smith isn't here - well I think it makes sense to give him a legitimate shot, and really it doesn't seem like it is his fault that the 49ers are 0-5.

5. Jason Campbell: From Savior to Hopeless After One and a Half Games

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders lies on the ground after being sacked against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacob
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    After a highly rated 2010 draft for the first time in how many years there seemed to be a general feeling among commentators that trading for Jason Campbell was a great move for the Raiders franchise - the icing on the 2010 draft.

    Jason Campbell isn't the greatest QB, but he is a hard worker that has shown steady progress in a miserable Redskins offense.

    With in the Raider franchise he seemed to look like the real deal and received heaps of praise from Al Davis, Tom Cable, and his teammates.

    Then after one and a half games Jason Campbell gets pulled for Gradkowski.

    Given Campbell didn't play great, but this is a team that is practically rebuilding and finding is confidence again after - well you know who.

    I can't imagine how they do their QB evaluations - but maybe this is just an "Al Davis".

    So from really looking forward to following the Raiders progress - it was kind of like "oh well nothing has changed anyway."

    Finally on Gradkowski, this is not a knock on him - but they must have evaluated him and Campbell before making the trade for Campbell.

4. The Cleveland Browns: Was There Any Consensus on The QB Situation at All.

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    DETROIT - AUGUST 28:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions tackles Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game on August 28, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Suh was called for a personal foul on the play for grabbing the f
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    Shipping off Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn seemed pretty logical for an organization making a fresh start.

    Although with the QB play in Cleveland you could question the Quinn trade, at least until you think of Payton Hillis was part of that trade.

    With Holmgren as the overseer of things I have no idea what happened with the trade for Delhomme.

    But in my mind this could have been the scenario:

    Mangini: "you know Mike I really think we should get Delhomme and pay him a ton of money"

    Holmgren: are you serious ?

    Mangini: yeah yeah hes a sure winner, crying on TV shows he's a sensitive guy just what we need

    Holmgren: dammit my leg hurts, okay okay get him - but I want Seneca over just to make sure.

    Mangini: Seneca who ?

    Holmgren: never mind, Ill fix it - just make sure that you get Colt McCoy in the draft - he is perfect for my west coast offense.

    Mangini: sure sure (finger crossed behind his back) while thinking "McCoy ? Tampa will get him with the no 3 pick - no need to worry.

    Draft comes around

    Mangini: oh who will we get in the 2nd ... hmmm Ward, yeaahh hard hitter.

    Mangini: arrrh running back ... hmm that Hardesty looks great, injury problems ? naarhh nothing we can't fix (lets trade up for him whatever it takes)

    Holmgren: Mangini ... WTF are you doing, I told you to get McCoy

    Mangini: smiles .. but boss his already been taken with pick no. 3

    Holmgren: (sighs) --- give me that phone !! (thinking - I'm calling Jon Gruden tomorrow)

    Holmgren: Hi Colt --- sorry I'm late --- 

    Paying Delhomme a huge contract at this point seems ridiculous - and the QB mystery continues to develop as Seneca Wallace is pulled from sunday's game although he seemed ready to play in spite of an ankle injury for a Delhomme playing miserably with an ankle injury of his own.

    I have absolutely no idea what this organization has for plans with their QBs - other than Colt McCoy isn't going to play this year.

    But I have a feeling that this is a coaching problem, that might get addressed before the season is over.

3. Brett Favre: Mortgage Away Your Franchise On a Player That Doesn't Practice

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after throwing an incomplete pass against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Image
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    I know that Favre is special and that he can/could do great things for the franchise.

    But the way the have bend over backwards for Lord Favre is a great mystery to me.

    This seems like the boys last night out where we either conquer the world or crash and burn.

    As a last attempt to save Lord Favre, Randy Moss i hired to play one season. Monday nights game will tell the tale of the rest of the season for the Vikings.

    After the season the Vikings might bleed to death as Favre, Moss and lots of other veteran players hit free agency - the Vikings could be looking at 7 meager years starting with 2011.

    How can a team send players and the coach (with full media fanfare) to beg an aging, banged up grandfather to come an play - with out practicing and preparing for the season.

    Now if Favre lights it up with Moss and win the Super Bowl - I will be the ass.

2. Carolina Panthers: Crash Test Dummy QB Strategy

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers gets up after being hit hard in the second half during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo
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    The Carolina Panthers cut Delhomme to make way to what they said was the future QB of the franchise. They had enough time to evaluate Matt Moore and when asked to - he produced.

    Now instead of finding a veteran QB to back Moore up (Delhomme even with tears in his eyes said that he would have liked to back Moore up) the Panthers go into the draft and pick two young QBs - just to show Moore and the world how much they believe in him.

    After watching the Panthers play, I think its fair to say that its not Matt Moores fault that the Panthers - together with the Bills - are playing the worst football in the NFL.

    I haven't been a fan of Clausen - but to throw him into this mess, makes you kind of feel sorry for him.

    I respect the Panthers organization for planning with the future in mind and playing with the youngest team in the NFL, but the moves they have made at QB is a great mystery.

1. Arizona Cardinals: We Know You So Well, But Upps Now We Don't Like You

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears sacks Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Bears 14-9. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/
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    Here is a franchise that has been grooming their future franchise QB for what ... 3-4 years behind a HOF to be legend.

    They have had every opportunity to evaluate, teach, tutor, develop and give Leinart some playing time.

    Then they name him starter and then late in the pre-season they cut him !?

    So you would think they cut him for this great veteran they traded. Noooo they throw in Cleveland reject, Mr. no accuracy Derek Anderson - and then drop him in week 5 for an undrafted rookie.

    Now Max Hall might become great - I don't know - I hope he does actually. But what the h... is going on in the dessert.

    You could almost think that this was the way that Whisenhunt planned it all along, that he had to give Max Hall time to learn the system !!??

    It just seems so far out that the franchise didn't plan this better, i mean its not like it was a big surprise that Warner retired !?!?!?

    That is mysterious way to carry out a generation change at the most important position on football team.