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Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings!

Originally Published: October 28, 2010
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

McGee, Tebow, FavreESPN.com Illustration

Other weeks' rankings:
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Brace yourself. It's a week of major upheaval in the ranks of the NFL's clipboard carriers.

A number of quarterback controversies remain bubbling throughout the league, most notably in Minnesota (!) and Cleveland.

Further, injuries to Tony Romo and Alex Smith remind us of the hazards of playing the quarterback position.

How will this all shake out? Without further ado, we sheepishly present this week's edition of Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings:


1. Brett Favre

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
4
-$16.5M
504
-327

Brett Favre

Brad Childress wants to bench the gunslinger. You know it. We know it. Childress might not have the ... umm ... fortitude to bench the hobbled future Hall of Famer. However, Page 2 has no such reservations. Don Majkowski could not be reached for comment.


2. Tim Tebow

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-1
3:16
10
22

Tim Tebow

The Broncos were routed, 59-14, by the Raiders on Sunday, fueling our suspicion that Josh McDaniels was tempted to play Tebow -- at safety. Meantime, Tebow madness in his home state of Florida remains at a level we can only describe as disturbing.


3. Stephen McGee

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
8
-4
9
7
20

Stephen McGee

McGee is one of only three quarterbacks drafted by the Cowboys since Troy Aikman in 1989. The others? Bill Musgrave and Quincy Carter. Elite company indeed. But it's unlikely McGee can rival new starter Jon Kitna for the greatest Halloween costume ever.


4. Kevin Kolb

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

Kevin Kolb

Michael Vick is back from a rib injury and healthy enough to start, so Kolb has yielded the top spot in Philadelphia. But there's no controversy here. No sir. Just the makings of a spectacular new single by an emerging rap trio, Heavy Reid & the Boyz.


5. Seneca Delhomme

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-9
9
6
16

Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme

Seneca Delhomme has a firm grip on the backup role, after Colt McCoy led the Browns past New Orleans. Still, Seneca Delhomme boasts a rare combination of inaccuracy and mobility, allowing him to throw interceptions and make the subsequent tackles.


6. Don Strock

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
8
-7
7
6
14

Don Strock

Strock is best known as the longtime caddie for Bob Griese and Dan Marino, but he famously threw for 403 yards in the "Epic in Miami" playoff game. He went on to coach the Arena League's Miami Hooters and FIU. Bonus points for rocking the trucker cap.


7. Charlie Whitehurst

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
6
-3
3
5
11

Charlie Whitehurst

Seattle paid a relatively high price to acquire Whitehurst from San Diego, and it's not simply because he resembles Billy Ray Cyrus. It's because of his pedigree. His father, David, carried a mean clipboard for the Packers in the late 1970s and early '80s.


8. Rex Grossman

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
3
-7
6
8
10

Rex Grossman

Gone is the inconsistency. Gone are the distractions. Gone are the maddening ups and downs between "Good Rex" and "Bad Rex." In their place, Grossman has created stunning consistency this season. Zero interceptions. Zero fumbles. Zero incompletions.


9. Jimmy Clausen

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

Jimmy Clausen

This could be a pivotal period in the development of Clausen, who hasn't been a backup since his freshman year in high school. How will he handle being the No. 2? Fortunately, older brothers Rick and Casey offer a strong clipboard-carrying support system.


10. David Carr

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
5
-5
5
0
5

David Carr

The 49ers are showing unwavering confidence in Carr as the team's backup. Although Scouts Inc. called new starter Troy Smith "an ideal backup" because of leadership and athleticism, San Fran never even considered prying the clipboard from Carr's hands.


Promoted to starter from last week's rankings: Michael Vick, Eagles.

Dropped out of rankings: Charlie Batch, Steelers; Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings; Bruce Gradkowski, Raiders; Vince Ferragamo, three teams; Dan Orlovsky, Texans; Todd Collins, Bears.


Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.


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