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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Trent Green Isn't the Answer

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A quarterback switch should be made by a coach when the move actually is going to make your team better, not merely for the coach to try to show that he's doing something.

A change that was made for the right reason came in Minnesota. Coach Brad Childress had been a staunch supporter of Tarvaris Jackson. But it just wasn't working, and Childress had to act to keep the season from slipping away. Gus Frerotte isn't a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback. But he does give the Vikings at least a threat in the passing game, which they didn't have with Jackson. It had been a solid team just about everywhere but quarterback, and now Frerotte should provide a bit of stability at that position to make the Vikings playoff contenders again. Childress's move paid immediate dividends last weekend.

A switch not made for the right reason is the one that just happened in St. Louis. Marc Bulger wasn't the Rams problem. Wide receiver Torry Holt had said publicly just last week that the offensive line needed to improve its play or Bulger wouldn't make it through the season.

The Rams signed Bulger to a huge contract last year, and now they're paying him a fortune to be a backup. Trent Green hasn't been the answer for anyone in recent seasons. He suffered serious concussions the previous two seasons, and now he must play behind an offensive line that couldn't protect Bulger adequately.

It's not exactly a recipe for success. It was making a change for the sake of change, and there's no reason to believe it will make any difference. Unless we find out that Bulger was hurt, Coach Scott Linehan should have stuck with the starter that he had and worked to improve the state of the team around him.

By Mark Maske  |  September 24, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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