What do Kirk Cousins, Joe Webb, Jason Campbell, Nick Foles, Colin Kaepernick, Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer, Greg McElroy, Not Tim Tebow, Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, Thaddeus Lewis, Matt Hasselbeck, Chad Henne, Matt Leinart, Terrelle Pryor, and Brady Quinn all have in common?
They're all contestants in my Bachelorette Fantasy. No, wait. They were all backup quarterbacks at one point in 2012 that were called upon to play important minutes for their teams. Well, maybe the Chiefs didn't have any important minutes but you know what I am saying. In the case of Kaepernick, he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, though he came up short haha. In the case of the Cardinals, we all questioned whether or not football players were real athletes.
Cousins had to come into a playoff game. Webb had to start a playoff game. The Bears lost Campbell's only start and fell one win shy of the playoffs. Last year we saw T.J. Yates start two playoff games for the Texans, while Caleb Hanie misled the Chicago Bears out of the playoffs when they might have been the best team in the NFC otherwise. Backup quarterbacks are an afterthought most of the time, but they can also break your season. In the case of a guy like Tom Brady or Kurt Warner, they go on to be Hall of Fame players. The only way to tell what you have is usually to be thrust into a situation you don't want to be in, and as you can see, teams are put into that position all the time. The 49ers are certain they have their quarterback of the future. The Cardinals are certain that they're screwed.
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