5 Starting NFL Quarterbacks That Should Ride the Bench in 2013

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5 Starting NFL QBs Who Should be Benched

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As a starting quarterback in the NFL, you're expected to produce and do so consistently. There are short leashes for quarterbacks these days and the 2013 NFL season will be no different.

Despite all of the news of Tim Tebow being picked up by the New England Patriots, there are actually other story lines going on within some organizations.

The quarterback is the captain of the offense and when something goes wrong, he's usually the one to blame. Some questions have been raised as to how much longer some guys will be able to keep their starting job with their current team.

Can Jay Cutler silence his critics and finally lead the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl victory for the first time in nearly 30 years? Is Alex Smith capable of putting his benching in 2012 behind him and adequately playing the role of starter for the lowly Kansas City Chiefs?

Will Colin Kaepernick be able to lead the San Francisco 49ers back to the Super Bowl and possibly win it this time? Only time will answer all of these questions and I'm sure the fans of each of those teams would like to know as soon as possible.

It will be interesting to see all of these story lines play out. Also, the sophomore seasons of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson might experience a bit of a slump.

Who will rise to the occasion when it matters most in 2013?

Who will crumble under the pressure and lose their starting spot? Find out here with the five starting quarterbacks who should be benched in 2013.

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Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

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While it was just his first season in the NFL, Brandon Weeden threw more interceptions than touchdowns in 2012. Can't say he's going to improve too much, either, because he's already 29 years old. He needs to have a 4,000-plus yard season with half of the interceptions he had in 2012 to remain the starter. Other than that,in my opinion, he's out.

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Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

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Christian Ponder may be one of those questionable starters in the league for the Minnesota Vikings. He's accurate and has improved in nearly every category in 2012 from the 2011 season. Completing nearly 63 percent of his passes, he has the potential to be elite, but passing for just 183.4 yards per game isn't starter-worthy. He needs to get the ball down the field a bit more.

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Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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As the most criticized quarterback in football, it's no surprise that Mark Sanchez in on this list. He has slowly, but surely, become the worst starting big name quarterback in the NFL and it's obvious why. His completion percentage is mediocre and he has never thrown for more than 3,500 yards in a single season, but it's his turnovers that keep him from being solid. The guy can't hold onto the ball.

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Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

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Michael Vick could use every break he can get. He has had a brutal couple of seasons in a row for the Philadelphia Eagles. Passing for just 2,362 yards and 14 turnovers in 10 games. Those numbers are not going to cut it in this league, especially for the aging veteran. He used to be the most explosive and exciting quarterback in the league, but those days are long-gone.

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Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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Many San Diego Chargers' fans have been calling for Philip Rivers' job because he hasn't led them to a deep playoff run like he has been expected to. His poor play helped get Norv Turner fired as head coach and if he doesn't improve, he's the next one to go.