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When you've got a good quarterback, you've got a chance to win in the NFL. When you don't, you change starters. Maybe you sign a free agent off the street as insurance. And maybe you take inspiration from Batman and illuminate the night sky with the Brett signal -- as in Brett Favre -- like the Rams reportedly did.

Now, don't expect live reports from Hattiesburg, Miss., as Favre says he's retired. For good. Really. But it makes us wonder how confident the Rams are in backup Kellen Clemens replacing the injured Sam Bradford. The Rams aren't alone in this boat -- not when the Browns are about to trot out their third starting QB of the season and the Vikings are choosing between Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder.


Meet Me In St. Louis?

Brett Favre gained a reputation for wavering on retirement, but he was firm Thursday that his career is over.

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What do you make of the Rams calling Brett Favre to see if he was interested in being their starting quarterback?

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Is that Brett Favre's music?

The Rams reportedly reached out to Favre despite the fact it's been nearly three years since he has played in an NFL game.

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Could Brett Favre (44 years old) still start in the NFL?

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Valhalla I am coming

Matt Cassel, center, quarterbacked the Vikings' only win of the season. But Christian Ponder, right, is set to start if Josh Freeman can't.

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Who should start at QB for the Vikings when all are healthy?

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Opportunity knocks

Jason Campbell was passed over the first time the Browns changed quarterbacks. He'll get his chance Sunday against the Chiefs.

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Who should start for the Browns at quarterback when both are healthy?

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Hard times

Campbell is replacing Brandon Weeden, who has struggled mightily this season in Cleveland.

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How bad is the overall quality of quarterbacks in the NFL right now?

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Remember when Carson Palmer used to play for the Bengals? Before the pseudo-holdout and the emergence of Andy Dalton, Palmer was actually a pretty good quarterback at times in Cincinnati. Could he be a pretty good QB in Oakland? The Bengals reportedly are on the verge of trading him to the Raiders for a first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional first-round pick in 2013. That sounds like a pretty good haul for a guy who wasn't even playing for the Bengals, don't you think? Or are the Raiders finally getting a potential franchise quarterback out of a bad situation?

More: Would you start Jason Campbell over Palmer if both are healthy?


Are the Raiders overpaying?

In most years, a first-round pick from the Raiders could be an amazing haul. This year, it might result in a pick very late in the round.

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Jim Plunkett? Won Super Bowls with the Raiders after so-so stints with the Patriots and 49ers. Rich Ganon? Won an MVP and reached a Super Bowl with the Raiders (yes, the Raiders really reached the Super Bowl less than a decade ago) after having never started more than 12 games with any team other than Oakland. Even Jay Schroeder reached a conference title game with the Raiders after the Redskins ditched him.

All we're saying is the Raiders don't have the worst track record in rehabilitating flailing quarterback careers. So welcome, Jason Campbell. And yes, we're ignoring the Jeff George and Jeff Hostetler experiments.

Since the quarterback class of 2004 arrived, eight first-round quarterbacks seem to be living up to the hype -- Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger (current problems or not), Aaron Rogers, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez. Nine other signal callers picked in the first round? From flashes of potential to flat-out flops (hello, JaMarcus Russell), there are still question marks. Who still has a chance? Rank 'Em.

Brandon (KY)

Mel, do you think the raiders adequately addressed their offensive tackle situation in this draft, or will Jason Campbell be running for his life?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

McClain, they could have had Anthony Davis. They traded their starting MLB to Jacksonville. They also got Houston in the second round. I like their first two picks. But they still needed to improve their OL. The OL is still a question mark. You're asking a D-II player and a workout warrior in Bruce Campbell to be your answer. One of them needs to take the spot. When they drafted Jacoby Ford they could have had a David Reed, Riley Cooper, Carlton Mitchell, Dezmon Briscoe. They did it because he was the fastest player in the draft. I like some of the other things they did. I gave them a C+. Full transcript

bronncohowie

Campbell is no "... legitimate quarterback ..." !!! He went 4-12 last year. He's been on his way out of Washington ever since he got there. If he was such a good q.b., why would Shanny bring in McNabb ??? I hope the Traders make him their starter, they won't even win five games next season.

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stofi619

Just put JaMarcus Russell at defensive end.

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All good things must come to an end (although if the Orange Bowl halftime show of Kool and the Gang is any indication, mediocrity has some serious staying power). But does Mike Shanahan's arrival in the nation's capital mean they can begin again?

From Richie Petitbon through Norv Turner, Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier, Jim Zorn and even the second coming of Joe Gibbs, an entire generation of football fans doesn't remember when the Redskins were one of the NFL's good things. As for the new guy, he's a popular choice, but two problems come to mind before we even get to Daniel Snyder, problems highlighted by SportsNation voters.

Dylan (VA)

Do you think that Campbell will be back with the Redskins in 10' ?

Matt Williamson
Matt Williamson

I would bring him back and I do think that Shanny could do a lot with him. But, more importantly, Campbell needs a very strong old school Denver running game and offensive line around him. He can't do it all and was asked to do way too much this past season. Blowing that team up with a rookie QB doesn't make a ton of sense to me. Full transcript

Dylan (VA)

After appointing a coach, what is Bruce Allen's first move?

NFC East blogger Matt Mosley
Matt Mosley

The coaching hire is the main point of emphasis at this point. After that, he needs to take a long look at this roster and start making changes. He needs to be ready for free agency and the draft. But I think you'll see the overall philosophy start to change. The draft will become a more important part of what the Redskins do. And that's a good thing for the health of the organization. Allen has to help the new coach build a cohesive offensive line. Even before the season, you knew the Skins were in trouble up front. Full transcript | NFC East blog

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It's always easier to solve a problem if you start with what you know. And we know Adrian McPherson and Stefan LeFors are not the best quarterbacks selected in the 2005 draft. They may be better options at the position than JaMarcus Russell, but that's an entirely different problem.

Alex Smith's return to the starting lineup, on the heels of a quality relief appearance against the Texans, brings the class of 2005 back into focus. From surprise MVP candidates (Kyle Orton), big-money acquisitions (Matt Cassel) and the guy who pushed Brett Favre out of Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers) to a couple of guys fighting for starting snaps (Derek Anderson and Jason Campbell), it's not quite the class of 1983 but it's an interesting bunch.

After Smith lost out to Shaun Hill in the preseason, only 19 percent of SportsNation thought he would ever be a full-time NFL starter.

Sam (San Francisco, CA)

Thoughts on Alex Smith being named the Niners starter?

Gary Horton
Gary Horton

I was really happy yesterday to see Smith get another chance. I really like him. Not only as a player, but people around him think highly of him and how he's handled the situation. The 49ers are last in the NFL for throwing to their WRs. For the most part, this passing game has been to RBs and TEs. That makes it easy to defend. Smith has the bigger arm than Shaun Hill. They now have Crabtree on the perimeter and they have the ability to really stretch the defense with Smith's arm strength and that opens up the run game. He's had a lot of time to study defenses and work on his weaknesses and I would like to think that this is not only a real positive for Smith but that it really opens up the 49ers offense. Full transcript.

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