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NFL.com’s Kirwan Ranks Vikings QB Group Among Top 10

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 2, 2009 – 10:31 am

No football fan will dispute the importance of the QB position. Football is the ultimate team game, but it’s tough to win in the NFL without an established player at QB. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan penned an article that discusses this point, and later in the piece he ranks all 32 teams’ current QB grouping.

Kirwan ranked the Vikings QB group in the top 10 of the league, at #7, and had positive things to say about 3 Vikings signal-callers.

“Favre changes everything for the Vikings,” Kirwan writes. “Before he injured his arm last year he was a top-rated quarterback. The Vikings will keep him on limited throws all season. Jackson has already led the team to the playoffs and Rosenfels has won coming off the bench.”

In his analysis of the importance of the QB position, Kirwan also discusses the importance of being deep at QB. His point was best illustrated by this piece of information:

“Only 16 quarterbacks started all 16 regular-season games,” Kirwan wrote. “In other words, half of the teams in the NFL had to go to their second or third quarterbacks at some point because their starter got injured or failed to deliver and had to be replaced. In all, 53 different quarterbacks started a game in 2008, one season removed from an NFL-record 64.

“How important was having a 16-game starter last year? Of the 12 teams that made the playoffs, only one — Minnesota — had multiple starters after Week 1.”


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