2010 NFL Predictions: Will Teams With a New QB Sink Or Swim in 2010?

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IAugust 2, 2010

2010 NFL Predictions: Will Teams With a New QB Sink Or Swim in 2010?

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    ASHURN, VA - APRIL 6:  Donovan McNabb of the Washington Redskins displays his new jersey during a press conference on April 6, 2010 at Redskin Park in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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    It's the position that represents the consummate team leader.

    It's the position that's more important to the team—nay, the sport—than any other position in any other sport. They are often the face of the franchise.

    That’s why there’s such a high premium on top-tier quarterbacks.

    As usual, many teams that were less than satisfied with their quarterback play last year made moves to change their fortunes at that position. This is a list of the teams that made significant additions or suffered a significant loss at quarterback, and my take on whether they will sink or swim in 2010.

Arizona Cardinals—Derek Anderson/Matt Leinart

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals walks back to the sideline against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo b
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    What’s there to like about transitioning from a Super Bowl-winning, former MVP, future Hall of Fame quarterback to...Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson?

    Both quarterbacks have had opportunities in the past, with limited success. Not only are they both far less talented than Warner, but whomever is starting won’t have Anquan Boldin to throw to.

    Of course, they’ll still have Larry Fitzgerald and a solid run game, but with a defense that’s still suspect, the pressure may still be there to air it out. Are either Leinart or Anderson to be trusted throwing the ball as often as Warner?

Carolina Panthers—Matt Moore/Jimmy Clausen

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers calls the play during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Image
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    The starting job is Moore's to lose, but something gives me the feeling he won't. He quickly helped the Panthers forget about the awful start to their season and begin looking forward to 2010.

    The competition that Jimmy Clausen’s presence creates, though, should motivate Moore and push him to the peak of his potential.

    Either will benefit from a good offensive line and running game behind them, and if the defense can continue its end-of-year success in holding opponents to low-scoring games, there will be absolutely no pressure on whoever gets the nod.

Denver Broncos—Brady Quinn/Tim Tebow

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    There's a stable of quarterbacks suiting up in Denver, but it's full of ponies. It seems to be Kyle Orton’s job to lose in Denver; Brady Quinn was pulled after three games in 2010, and didn't contribute much to wins over Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Odds are fairly high that Tim Tebow will watch for a year at least before he starts.

    The pressure will be on whoever is declared starter to perform early and not to fade down the stretch. If that person doesn't play well throughout, their job could be in jeopardy.

    And whoever gets that job will get it without Brandon Marshall, the team's leading receiver for the past three seasons.

Cleveland Browns—Jake Delhomme/Colt McCoy

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29:  Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers passes against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on November 29, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    I don’t doubt that the Browns will still be a losing team and that they probably won’t do much better than their 5-11 2009 campaign. Neither do I think that Delhomme is the guy that can pull the Browns out of the dregs on his own.

    He is, however, a much better candidate for the job than either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson was. He has the veteran leadership the Browns need sorely, and can act as a mentor for third-round selection Colt McCoy.

    Plus, it’s better that Delhomme start instead of McCoy while the Browns sort out the disarray of the past decade.

Oakland Raiders—Jason Campbell

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    NAPA, CA - AUGUST 01:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders works out during the Raiders training camp at their Napa Valley Training Complex on August 1, 2010 in Napa, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Campbell spent the first four seasons of his career learning two new offenses. Now, he gets to play in a system that plays to his strengths as a deep passer. The Raiders have also been building their offensive line, a chore which the Redskins never deemed important during Campbell’s tenure in Washington.

    If the supporting cast can step up, Campbell is poised for a breakout season in 2010. The Raiders may not dominate all their competition in 2010, but they are much better off with Campbell, and vice versa.

Minnesota Vikings

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in o
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    It’s August 2 and surprise surprise, Brett Favre still hasn’t announced whether he’ll return or retire. The good money is on him coming back, but all NFL teams need to be prepared for anything, right?

    Not the Vikings; they still feature Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels as Favre’s backups, and passed up an opportunity to draft Jimmy Clausen.

    I'm not saying this because I think Favre won't return, but more just as a reminder that the window is closing for Minnesota, but it's almost closed if Favre doesn't return.

Philadelphia Eagles—Kevin Kolb

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    It’s hard to follow in the footsteps of a legend, but Kolb obviously has a vote of confidence from the front office and coaching staff, and even DeSean Jackson has stepped up in defense of his new quarterback.

    The votes of confidence will mean nothing, though, when the game begins. He’s effective in terms of yardage when his teammates are the ones reeling in the ball, but he needs to eliminate the nasty habit of throwing to the wrong jerseys.

    The jury is still out on how Kolb will turn out in the long run, but it's safe to bet on a step backward for the Eagles in 2010.

St. Louis Rams—AJ Feeley/Sam Bradford

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    EARTH CITY, MO - JULY 31: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes during training camp at the Russell Athletic Training Facility on July 31, 2010 in Earth City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    While Marc Bulger surely wasn’t the sole reason for the demise of the Rams, his presence carried the memory of painful times for the organization. It’ll be up to either Feeley or Bradford to be the new face of the franchise for 2010

    It’s unclear who will start, but the primary goal is the development of Sam Bradford. In this case, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Either way, the Rams are looking forward, and will surely be better for it. Things can’t get much worse than in the Rams’ recent past.

    But I better not say that too loudly; the 0-16 Lions might have something to say about that.

Washington Redskins—Donovan McNabb

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    ASHBURN, VA - JULY 29:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins participates in the first day of training camp July 29, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    Adding McNabb at quarterback plays to the strengths of Washington’s receiving corps. Devin Thomas and Santana Moss are both good deep receivers who will love McNabb’s arm strength.

    He’s completed 133 passes to tight ends over the past two years, and will have two great weapons at tight end in Chris Cooley and Fred Davis to make use of.

    Eagles fans will sorely miss McNabb, and they’ll realize exactly how much on October 3, 2010 when he makes his return to Lincoln Financial Field.