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Shawn Zobel
Draft Guru

Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

All About Quarterbacks


I think that the reason for the wide disparity in winning teams and losing ones comes down to one thing: quarterback play. The cream of the crop in the NFL all have successful quarterbacks who are capable of winning a game for their team. Whether it's Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, Brett Favre, or Tom Brady, they are all capable of carrying their team on their shoulders.

On the other hand, the lack of quarterback play for teams like the Rams, Browns, Buccaneers, Chiefs and Raiders speaks for itself. None of these teams have had good play from their signal callers and, as a result, are all among the worst teams in the league.

Teams in the middle of the league, like Jacksonville, Dallas and San Francisco all have quarterbacks who are good and can give you a chance to win, but they also aren't among the top at their position in the league, let alone their own division. Unless these teams have a dominant defense or running game, they likely won't be able to take the next step until they upgrade at the quarterback position.

When you look at mock drafts every year, there's a reason that so many quarterbacks are included in them. You could make a case for almost a third of the teams in the NFL that they could use an upgrade at the quarterback position, if not more. It's a simple equation. If you have a good quarterback, your team will always have a chance to win. You don't, and your team will be among the first team's in the draft order to select one the next year.

By Shawn Zobel  |  October 9, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  | Category:  Carolina Panthers , Cleveland Browns , Indianapolis Colts , Kansas City Chiefs , Miami Dolphins , Minnesota Vikings , New Orleans Saints , New York Giants , Quarterbacks , St. Louis Rams , Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If you look at teams that make the playoffs, it is the rare exception that gets there with a mediocre quarterback. It happens, but it is rare.

It makes sense since the quarterback runs the offense and touches the ball on nearly every offensive play.

Posted by: tarded2much | October 11, 2009 2:41 AM

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