Jeff Harvey

To start out this week’s column, I want to follow up on last week’s column. WVU head football coach Neal Brown named Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall the starting quarterback, citing his handling of the offense during the latest (last?) scrimmage. I can only hope that Kendall stays healthy, and that he and the offense play well, because WVU doesn’t have much a margin for error this year.

Speaking of (former) WVU quarterbacks who transferred into the program,, Will Greer has a shot at starting for the Carolina Panthers if Cam Newton is unable to go due to his injuries. I think the team still has Derek Anderson on board. but Ron Rivera may elect to go with Greer if Newton can’t go.

Speaking of quarterbacks, I’ve missed the ESPN programming which hasn’t run over the last two weeks due to Little League World Series coverage. This time of the year, you can count on at least one commentator bemoaning the sad state of NFL quarterbacking outside of a few older ones such as Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers, Ben Rothlisberger and Phillip Rivers. Frankly, it’s a tiresome routine.

There have been quarterbacks who were productive and/or winning, whom pretty much got dumped. Jay Cutler, who makes Michael Wilbon see red every time his name is mentioned and Tim Tebow, who John Elway dumped because he didn’t throw like John Elway are just two of the quarterbacks which fall into the category. I suppose that everybody’s favorite quarterback turned social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick would qualify as well in some people’s eyes, though his last season was a debacle for more than political reasons. A few years earlier it was Doug Flutie who was judged to be too short for success.

You see teams now who want their quarterbacks replaced even if there is no real plan to replace them or back-up plan available. It’s the mirror image of the situation most commonly associated with the Rams teams from the late 1940s to the early 1980s, when they never could settle on a good quarterback for very long, because they were always fascinated by the next shiny toy.

I think that most NFL teams have a Plan A for their position and a Plan B as well, at least the good organizations do. You do have situations such as last year’s Washington Redskins where they lost two quarterbacks to broken legs, but most teams are better set up.

I’m running out of things to say for this week, so I’ll close it out for now.

Contact Jeff Harvey at delimartman@yahoo.com

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