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Could A QB Challenged Team Make The Playoffs?

NFL Quarterbacks

As OTAs wrap up and teams gear up for training camp, a surprisingly high number of NFL teams are having a “quarterback conundrum”, either overtly or covertly. Let’s take a look at some of the teams that are still up in the air on choosing their starting field general.

The Cleveland Browns made headlines much more often than they cared to last season due to Johnny Football‘s on-field and off-field antics. The Brown’s wisely signed quarterback veteran Josh McCown. Manziel has seen marked improvement after rehab but according to NFL.com, McCown would “have to crumble during training camp to lose his grip over the starting gig”. I believe Manziel will see significant action this season and if he has a solid performance in training camp and shows a dedicated attitude, he could still be the Brown’s starter. Everyone love’s to see a comeback kid.

Next up, we look at the Buffalo Bills. New head coach Rex Ryan is playing it cool, but the Bills are in trouble. Last season was a disaster with E.J. Manuel, who had a 80.3% rating, threw for 838 yards with 5 TDs, 3 interceptions and a fumble. (stats obtained by espn.com) The Bills pulled Manuel and began using Kyle Orton as starting QB for the rest of the season, but Orton is gone now. So it’s a three way battle between Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. Ryan is taking his time with a decision, stating on 6/10/2015 that he will go into training camp to see the guys practice in full pads before making any decisions.

NFL Quarterbacks 2015The New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey announced on 5/20/2015 that Geno Smith would return as the starting quarterback. However, since that announcement there has been an uptick in chatter about Ryan Fitzpatrick, the journeyman QB the Jets traded a draft pick to the Texans for. “Fitzy” has been seeing a lot of first team playing time in recent OTAs and Jets quarterbacks coach Kevin Patullo is impressed with his pocket presence.

With the Houston Texans trading Ryan Fitzpatrick, they have to decide between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer, who they acquired from the Cleveland Browns. In a 5/14/2015 SB Nation poll, 82% of respondents voted for Mallett while 18% voted for Hoyer, so it is clear who the fans would like to see as starting QB. Head coach Bill O’Brien stated on 6/10/2015 that he will make the decision very soon because the entire team needs to know who the leader is going to be.

So there you have it. These are just four of the teams struggling with quarterback decisions. The NFL 2015-2016 season is certainly shaping up to be another wild ride! Do you think it is possible for a team without a clear leader at QB to make it to the playoffs? Lets hear what you think on our Fan Page or in the comments section below!

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New York City Could Lose The Draft

hot-draft-newsNew York City has been the location of the NFL draft for the last 50 years (first New York City draft was held on November 28, 1964 in the Summit Hotel). It has grown over the years with larger and more modern venues until the most recent, held in the Radio City Music Hall for the last 8 years.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that multiple cities have declared their desire to host a future draft, including Los Angeles, CA. He also stated that he would look into the possibility of moving the draft in 2015.

http://westsidetoday.com/2014/05/16/2015-nfl-draft-could-come-los-angeles/

Personally, I have found the New York City venue to be a poor place to hold an event like the NFL Draft, because the majority of attendees are either Giants or Jets fans and they are loud and impolite whenever the commissioner or anyone from any team other than the Jets or Giants was on the stage. If we have to watch the draft on television, we should at least be able to hear what the commissioner or announcer is saying instead of hearing the boos and catcalls of the New York fans.

Holding a draft in Los Angeles or Las Vegas would make the draft a lot more pleasant, because the audience would be more varied than one that is strictly from two home town teams. Holding the draft on neutral ground would allow the audience playing field to be leveled.

What is your opinion?