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Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings!

Originally Published: November 4, 2010
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

McNabb, Tebow, McCoyESPN.com Illustration

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Randy Moss is headed to the Grand Ole Opry, and Shawne Merriman is taking his talents to ... hmm ... the eastern end of the Niagara Escarpment.

So naturally, Page 2 wants to discuss backup quarterbacks and the state of their cardiovascular conditioning.

Kindly enjoy this week's edition of Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings:


1. Donovan McNabb*

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-1
8
10
24

Donovan McNabb

Is Mike Shanahan trying to motivate McNabb through humiliation? First, Shanahan calls upon Rex Grossman in crunch time. Then, he brings in JaMarcus Russell for a workout. Shanahan's next move is rumored to be hiring these guys as the team's groundskeepers.

* In two-minute drill situations only


2. Tim Tebow

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
0
4:13
9
23

Tim Tebow

Tebow scored his second NFL touchdown on Sunday, leading us to believe that the Broncos will soon unveil a plaque bearing these words: "I was jacked leaving that room. ... It was ball, and it was juice. The juice level in that room was high, and it was awesome."


3. Tarvaris Jackson

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
5
-2
7
9
19

Tarvaris Jackson

Despite a whirlwind of chaos, Jackson played effectively in relief
of battered QB Brett Favre on Sunday. Meanwhile, pundits suggest recent events have cost coach Brad Childress the support of his team, but we think the issue has been lingering for a while.


4. Chad Pennington

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-2
8
4
17

Chad Pennington

Pennington is the most accurate passer in NFL history, having completed 66.1 percent of his career attempts. So if he's asked to replace the inconsistent Chad Henne, we fully expect him to add a seventh NFL Comeback Player of the Year award to his résumé.


5. Heath Shuler

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
5
0
5
5
15

Heath Shuler

Shuler was elected to his third congressional term on Tuesday. He's also the whip of the Blue Dog Coalition, which aims to create an accountable, balanced federal budget. So even if Shuler ever quits politics, he will never work for Dan Snyder. Also, there's this.


6. Case McCoy

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-6
3
7
14

Case McCoy

Texas fans hoped Garrett Gilbert would be the next Colt McCoy. But with nine interceptions and just six touchdowns this season, he looks more like the next Gale Gilbert. It might be time to see whether Case can evoke his older brother, because Bevo is getting angry.


7. Stephen McGee

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
3
-4
6
8
13

Stephen McGee

With the Cowboys floundering in dysfunction, one might think the franchise would want to find out what it has in McGee. Instead, the team presses forward with 38-year-old Jon Kitna. Never mind that the Cowboys are 1-6 -- or 1-7, depending on whom you ask.


8. Marc Bulger

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-4
5
4
12

Marc Bulger

How important is the backup quarterback position to the Ravens? Bulger collects a base salary of $3.8 million this season, which apparently is higher than that of any other Baltimore player except for Ray Lewis. But can he do this? Yeah, that's what we thought.


9. Billy Volek

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
4
-1
3
3
9

Billy Volek

There's no shortage of football knowledge among San Diego's quarterbacks. Philip Rivers is the son of a coach. Volek is also the son of a coach. Of course, some Chargers fans would interject that Norv Turner is a son of a ... umm, moving right along ...


10. Max Hall

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
6
-8
5
4
7

Max Hall

Hall's passer rating this season is 41.0. Derek Anderson's passer rating is 62.8. Neither will lead the Cardinals back to the Super Bowl any time soon. Still, it's important to note that neither of them is likely to embarrass the franchise in this fashion.


Promoted to starter from last week's rankings: Rex Grossman, Redskins (in two-minute drill situations only).

Dropped out of rankings: Brett Favre, Vikings; Kevin Kolb, Eagles; Seneca Delhomme, Browns; Don Strock, two teams; Charlie Whitehurst, Seahawks; Jimmy Clausen, Panthers; David Carr, 49ers.


Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.


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