Why household-name QBs can't find work, more mailbag questions
Consider the following two lists of quarterbacks' names for a second: On one hand, you have
That' s because the accomplished Garcia and his gang of former first-round picks are still looking for work while the three relative no-names already have secure gigs as backup passers. But why?
Are the household names snubbing their nose at being backups and holding out hope for a starting gig? Or are teams reluctant to sign a former anointed one for fear that they will be unable to function effectively in their new role?
My guess is it has a lot more to do with the latter than the former. There is a certain dynamic and chemistry in a locker room and a positional meeting room, a pecking order if you will. Maybe a team like Buffalo or even Houston doesn't want to sign a guy who anybody in the locker room could even perceive to be a threat to the starter. Maybe they just don't know if those guys can emotionally handle being No. 2 when deep down they still think they are a No. 1. Guys like O'Sullivan and Orlovsky are likely thankful and appreciative for the opportunity they have been given. Losman and Grossman may not feel the same way.
Either way, it is an interesting dynamic that bears watching as we head into the draft. My guess is at least a couple of them will be signed shortly after the draft by the teams that wanted to add another quality arm but didn't get the rookie they were hoping for.
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I was consistently disappointed by the general apathy I felt among a lot of the players as it relates to the union. The reason is really pretty simple and a big reason the NFLPA has historically not been as strong as some of the player's unions in the other sports. It all stems, in my opinion, from the length of NFL careers. Most of the guys don't really get in-depth into the business of being an NFL player until they have been in the league for five or six years and are either thinking about or have already started a family. But by then, more often than not, they are on their way out of the league. It isn't like baseball or basketball, where a lot of guys play double-digit seasons. Plus, the sheer number of players makes it very difficult to hold productive meetings.
I think you are on to something in terms of guys making too much money to care. Or at least thinking they are making enough at a young age not to have to worry about their future. But that is terribly shortsighted, especially given the lifestyle that a lot of players desire to live. To most 24-year-olds, talk of 401(k)s and health insurance is dull and boring. They are living for the moment, not for cash they may get when they turn 59½. They don't worry about serious issues like post-playing career health insurance until their career is over, and by then it is too late for them to have taken a stand to improve the situation while they were still an active player.
I appreciate the vote of confidence, Jason, but I am not even close to being qualified.
I got a boatload of e-mails like this and I figured my take would ruffle the feathers of some of the fans of America's Team. Most people pointed out how long it took
That's all well and good but at some point
At this point, it is probably going to be a severe mental hurdle for him. What is he going to be thinking in the fourth quarter of a late-season or playoff contest when the fate of the franchise is at stake? His performances last season against Baltimore and Philadelphia were extremely poor and all the Cowboys needed to do was win one of them to make the postseason and have a shot. He made some ridiculously poor throws that really hurt his team.
Romo has been the guy behind center for one of the two or three most talented teams the last couple of seasons and has come up empty. My guess is if it happens again this year,
That is an interesting tidbit on Norway, I never knew that. Can't imagine what that is like. Then you really could know what the guy with the big house down the street is really bringing home. Must add a whole new component to online dating, at the very least.
It is hard to believe the Cowboys haven't won a playoff game since the 1990s. It just doesn't seem possible. If you think about it, it really puts the onus on Jerry Jones. Too bad you can't fire owners I guess if you are a Cowboys fan.
Must be a lot of unhappy people in Norway I guess.
NFL players are in general a lot unhappier than you would guess, given the fact they are playing a kid's game for a king's ransom. The problem is they are usually in pain, perpetually concerned about their job security, and the job is much more demanding than they envisioned as a little kid with a dream. It is a long way from going to fancy parties all week than playing on Sunday. Plus the purity of the sport that made it so fun growing up is lost on a lot of guys once they start getting paid. At the end of the day, it is still a job.
I don't think so. At least I can't recall a guy ever wearing a cup though I wasn't exactly looking for one either. As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time anyone even talked about wearing one. Must be a bad time for the cup manufacturers of the world.