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Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings!

Originally Published: September 15, 2010
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

Leinart, Tebow & ClausenESPN.com Illustration

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There's no such thing as too much football.

This is a widely accepted notion among American sports fans. Games are played once a week, and then the results and fantasy implications are dissected nonstop for the next six days. Rinse and repeat for six months. That's how we like it.

For better or worse, Page 2 tests this theory once and for all.

Because if there ever was a reason to complain about too much pigskin coverage, it would be Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings:


1. Matt Leinart

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
8
-1
8
9
24

Matt Leinart

Leinart was recently cut by the Cardinals after four seasons and now hopes to reboot his career with the Texans. And frankly, if the former USC star can't beat out this guy for the backup spot behind Matt Schaub, Leinart should forfeit his Heisman Trophy.


2. Tim Tebow

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-3
3:16
10
20

Tim Tebow

If all the Tebow hype is to be believed, he's done everything except turn water into Gatorade. Now, the former Florida star is even on Twitter, so anyone can receive inspirational messages suitable for engraving on plaques in 140 characters or less.


3. Kevin Kolb

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
8
-5
6
9
18

Kevin Kolb

Whoops. This must be a mistake, because Kolb is the obvious starter for the Eagles. Because, who ever heard of a quarterback controversy in Philly -- you know, besides Donovan McNabb, Koy Detmer, Jeff Garcia, Rodney Peete, Bobby Hoying, Ty Detmer ...


4. Colt and Case McCoy

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-4
6
8
17

Colt McCoy

Jake Delhomme isn't likely to be a long-term solution in Cleveland. So in all likelihood, Colt will eventually get a chance to start there. Meantime, Case will need to work hard to beat out Matt Saracen to be the unquestioned backup behind Garrett Gilbert at Texas.


5. David Carr

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-7
8
8
16

David Carr

San Francisco coach Mike Singletary didn't exactly give Carr a ringing endorsement on the eve of the 2010 season. Then again, Carr has earned somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million during his career. So he can probably take some comfort in that.


6. Nate and Nick Montana

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
5
-4
7
6
14

 Nate Montana

It must be easy to develop a sense of entitlement when you share a bloodline with Joe Montana. But if Nate, a Notre Dame junior, or Nick, a Washington freshman, ever get too cocky, Dad can provide a dose of reality -- just like he did for Rudy Ruettiger.


7. Steve Bono

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
0
0
6
7
13

Steve Bono

Never mind that Bono hasn't played in the NFL in 11 years. He compiled a 157.9 passer rating over the course of the 1989 season -- granted, he threw only five passes. Too bad Steve Young and Joe Montana didn't let him get a snap in edgewise.


8. Kyle Boller

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-6
5
6
12

Kyle Boller

It was a busy offseason for Boller, who moved from the Rams to the Raiders and married author Carrie Prejean. Political pundits Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter endorsed Prejean's recent memoir. Presumably, they are less enthusiastic about the movie.


9. Jimmy Clausen

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-9
7
5
10

Jimmy Clausen

How can the relatively untested Matt Moore possibly hold off his precocious understudy, who was feted at the College Football Hall of Fame before ever throwing a collegiate pass? After all, Clausen is the only Notre Dame QB ever to win the Hawaii Bowl.


10. Curtis Painter

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-9
6
5
9

Curtis Painter

The former Purdue signal-caller has arguably the best job in sports and has already impressed the Indianapolis media. He draws a salary of more than $400,000 to carry the clipboard for Peyton Manning, who hasn't missed a start in 13 pro seasons.


Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.


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