A Closer Look at Quarterback Battles Following Week 1 of the 2012 NFL Preseason
The 2012 NFL preseason has been filled with plenty of great quarterback battles to discuss and after Week 1–there are still plenty of starting jobs open for grabs. Here’s an update on the top quarterback battles following Week 1.
Colt McCoy vs. Brandon Weeden–Cleveland Browns
From a statistical standpoint, McCoy had the better night after completing 6 of 8 passes for 88 yards while Weeden only completed 3 of 9 passes for 67 yards and two turnovers. However, give Weeden some credit considering it was his first time playing in the NFL and he did make some impressive throws.
Give it time–Weeden should get better with more experience over the next three weeks of preseason.
Ryan Tannehill vs. Matt Moore vs. David Garrard–Miami Dolphins
Moore may have earned the starting spot for the Dolphins first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it was Tannehill that stole the show in his preseason debut as the first-round pick completed 14 of 21 passes for 167 yards–including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Charles Clay in the third quarter. Miami may have gone on to lose the game, but they have to be pleased with the rookie’s first outing.
As for Garrard, the veteran may have a tough battle if he has any chance at competing for the starting job after missing finding out last week that he’ll need surgery on his knee.
Jake Locker vs. Matt Hasselbeck–Tennessee Titans
With the way training camp went for the Titans, it was no surprise to see Locker (7 of 13 for 80 yards) display a better performance than Hasselbeck (5 of 9 for 45 yards), but two interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown) by the veteran didn’t help his case when it comes to the battle for the starting job. Tennessee knows they want Locker to be the face of the franchise when he’s ready and at this rate–that time may come during the 2012 season.
Matt Flynn vs. Russell Wilson vs. Tarvaris Jackson–Seattle Seahawks
Bad news for Jackson–he didn’t receive any playing time against the Titans and chatter is beginning to heat up that he’s on the roster bubble with the way Flynn and Wilson have looked so far. Obviously, the Seahawks would love Flynn to earn the starting job considering the type of money they’re paying him and Wilson seems determined to at least earn the backup role at quarterback.
As for Jackson, he’s received plenty of opportunities to prove himself as a starter over the first six years of his career and his time appears to be up–especially after Week 1 of the preseason.
Kevin Kolb vs. John Skelton–Arizona Cardinals
The good news for Kolb–he didn’t throw an interception on his first pass of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs like he did against the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame game. However, he did struggle once again by completing only 1 of 5 passes for 21 yards–which is the type of performance Kolb couldn’t afford.
As for Skelton, his performance wasn’t much better after thrown an interception while completing 3 of 6 passes for 35 yards. It’s difficult to pick a favorite at this point and it wouldn’t be a surprise if this battle lasted until the final week before the start of the regular season.
Mark Sanchez vs. Tim Tebow–New York Jets
Unfortunately, the battle between Sanchez and Tebow is one that may continue during the regular season–whether football fans want to hear about it or not.
Believe it or not, it’s difficult to determine which quarterback had the better performance against the Cincinnati Bengals. Sanchez completed 4 of 6 passes for 21 yards while Tebow completed 4 of 8 passes for 27 yards.
The main difference–Tebow finished with 34 rushing yards and an interception. At this point, it’s safe to say Sanchez is still the favorite and Tebow will most likely only be used for special plays like the Wildcat.
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