(Michael Vick photo courtesy of Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers)

(Luke McCown photo courtesy of Michael C. Hebert/New Orleans Saints)

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The Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts were popular Super Bowl picks this season because Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Andrew Luck were taking the snaps for those three teams.

But how would the Packers, Patriots and Colts be viewed if it was Scott Tolzein, Jimmy Garappolo and Matt Hasselbeck taking the snaps for those teams?

The backup quarterback doesn’t seem to matter until you have to play them -- and four NFL teams have already found themselves in a position of having to replace a Pro Bowl quarterback this season.

Drew Brees of the Saints, Jay Cutler of the Bears, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers and Tony Romo of the Cowboys all went to the sidelines in September with injuries. Luke McCown stepped in for Brees, Jimmy Clausen for Cutler, Michael Vick for Roethlisberger and Brandon Weeden for Romo.

Only Vick has been to a Pro Bowl -- and that was four years and three teams ago. He has a 59-50-1 career starting record but he’s now 35 years of age. Weeden is 5-17 as a starter, McCown 4-8 and Clausen 1-11. Ryan Mallett also came off the bench in the second week to replace slumping starter Brian Hoyer at Houston. He’s 2-2 lifetime.

Vick was the first overall pick of his draft and Weeden also was a first-rounder. Clausen was a second-rounder, Mallett a third-rounder and McCown a fourth. So which of the five has the best long-term prospects as a starter this season?

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