5 NFL Teams Headed for a QB Controversy in 2014

5 NFL Teams Headed for a QB Controversy in 2014

Teddy Bridgewater
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With NFL teams across the league set to report to training camp in mere days, football season is, at last, upon us. Check out these five squads destined for a quarterback controversy at some point, if not right off the bat, in 2014.

5. Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer
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5. Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer
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Let's begin with the obvious. Johnny Manziel's celebrity, which is only partially derived from stellar play in college, will lead to Browns fans pounding the table for his promotion if incumbent starter, Brian Hoyer, struggles at any point. That's an awful lot of pressure for Hoyer, especially considering his supporting cast is less than ideal.

4. Houston Texans

Case Keenum
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4. Houston Texans

Case Keenum
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The Texans seemingly possess enough talent to compete for a playoff spot in 2014. A shaky, at best, quarterback situation has limited the club's ceiling, though. Ryan Fitzpatrick, a streaky gunslinger with plenty of experience, has already been named the starter, but that title is hardly set in stone. Second-year passer Case Keenum should prepare for another opportunity, as Fitzpatrick's struggles are virtually imminent.

3. Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel
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3. Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel
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In a rare three-way battle, Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder all have an opportunity to win the starting job in Minnesota. The Vikings reportedly hope to trade Ponder at some point this summer, though, which likely means only Cassel and Bridgewater have a realistic chance to win this competition. Given his experience, Cassel is the favorite, but Bridgewater is more than capable of surpassing him as a rookie.

2. New York Jets

Geno Smith
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2. New York Jets

Geno Smith
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The Jets' best-case scenario would be Geno Smith emerging as a franchise quarterback. After watching Smith throw 21 interceptions as a rookie, however, that scenario, while possible, doesn't appear all that likely. Inserting Michael Vick, who has fizzled out some but is still a capable duel-threat quarterback when healthy, into the starting lineup will be tempting for Rex Ryan throughout the year, if not to begin it.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MIke Glennon and Josh McCown
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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MIke Glennon and Josh McCown
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Journeyman Josh McCown was a nice story for the Bears in 2013, throwing 13 touchdown passes to only one interception at 34 years old. But benching Mike Glennon, who was a solid starter as a rookie, in favor of McCown was a questionable move by new Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith. Good thing Smith will have all training camp and preseason to reconsider. A controversy is almost certain here one way or another.


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