Tim Tebow is not the only NFL QB to have been treated shabbily this season.
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Then suddenly Smith got a concussion. He was replaced by backup Colin Kaepernick, who also proved effective. Smith never got off the bench. “It sucks,” he rather sensibly said of the situation. “I don’t know what else to say.”
Who could put it better? There is, of course, a case to be made for Kaepernick. He is more mobile. He can throw deep. He has already arguably made better use of aging wideout Randy Moss than Smith. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees each complete north of 30 touchdown passes a season, not the 17-18 that seems to be Smith’s ceiling.
But there is something a bit wrong with benching players merely for being injured, especially in a league that now claims to be obsessed with player safety. Will the next Alex Smith have a greater incentive to hide concussion symptoms if he has a talented backup looking over his shoulder?
Perhaps Brett Favre’s “iron man streak” of consecutive starts had something to do with Rodgers holding a clipboard next to him. Favre wanted to keep it that way.
The obvious rejoinder is this is how Brady won his job in New England. But here is the dirty secret: Drew Bledsoe — a great franchise quarterback and even greater gentleman — was struggling when he was injured. So was the team. Brady rejuvenated the franchise and likely would have eclipsed Bledsoe at some point even if he had stayed healthy.
This season isn’t even over yet and we already get a sense that the next one could be filled with similarly shattered dreams. Is Brandon Weeden going to be passed over by the new Cleveland Browns’ management like yesterday’s Colt McCoy? Will Tebow’s likely trip to Jackonsville relegate Blaine Gabbert to the David Garrard-heap of history?
In competition, there are inevitably winners and losers. That’s why we watch the game. But sometimes a quarterback has to worry about opponents in the front office more than on the field.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?