Since I am still annoyed by the Giants quarterback group being ranked 17th by FOX Sports (which is, basically, a diss of David Carr) I thought I would go down the list of backups and see where Carr fits.
I am going to break these guys down into tiers, rather than rank them 1-32. I think that is pretty impossible.
The top tier.
- Jeff Garcia, Oakland -- This guy is not a superstar, but he is good enough that he shouldn't be stuck in Oakland backing up Jamarcus Russell.
Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn, Cleveland -- Both of these guys should be starting somewhere.
- Jon Kitna, Cowboys -- I really hate to give Dallas credit, but this was a great move. If Tony Romo gets hurt Dallas actually has a real player they can turn to.
- Tyler Thigpen, Kansas City -- This guy was pretty good last season despite winning just one of 11 starts. Not a horrible safety net for Matt Cassel.
- Matt Leinart, Arizona -- On reputation alone. Only Kurt Warner's brilliance is keeping him on the bench.
Then, I believe there is a second tier. I think Carr goes in here. The others in that group include.
- Seneca Wallace, Seattle.
- Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh.
- BIlly Volek, Chargers.
- Chad Henne, Miami. This is based purely on potential, and what Bill Parcells apparently thinks of his future.
- Todd Collins, Washington. Terrific fill in for a game or two.
- Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay. Always liked this guy's competitiveness.
- Sage Rosenfels/Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota. Putting them both here because you know who will be quarterbacking the Vikings this season.
The third tier.
Mark Brunell, New Orleans. Used to be fabulous, but now we have no clue what he has left.
- Joey Harrington, New Orleans. Listed third on their depth chart, but fits here anwyway.
- Josh McCown, Carolina.
- J.T. O'Sullivan, San Francisco.A flop as a starter.
- Chris Redman, Atlanta.
- Dan Orlovsky, Houston.
- Rex Grossman, Houston. Another third-stringer who needs a mention.
- Troy Smith, Baltimore.
- Vince Young, Tennessee. Sorry, but this guy is a terrible NFL quarterback. I don't care what he thinks.
- Kyle Boller, St. Louis.
- Todd Bouman, Jacksonville.
- Daunte Culpepper, Detroit. Putting him here becase I think he ends up watching Matthew Stafford quarterack the Lions.
- Kellen Clemens, New York Jets. Like Culpepper, I think he ends up watching Mark Sanchez take snaps.
- Damon Huard, San Francisco.
- Chris Simms, Denver.
Finally, the mostly unknown.
- Kevin O'Connell, New England.
- Jim Sorgi, Indianapolis.
- Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo.
- Matt Flynn, Green Bay.
- Caleb Hanie, Chicago.