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The NFL preseason isn't exactly the height of excitement. But when fewer than one out of five voters claim they don't watch any of it, and 40 percent of SportsNation is more interested in it than baseball's pennant races, well, it's difficult to ignore. At least the first full weekend of games offered some quarterback debuts to make way too much out of.

The Good: Mark Sanchez didn't get the start in the Jets' first preseason game, but he wasted little time completing a 48-yard pass when he did get on the field and will start the team's next game. Matthew Stafford survived his first game behind the Lions' line and even threw a touchdown pass (we grade on a curve when it comes to the Lions).

The Bad: Josh Freeman's numbers suggest he'll miss seeing Iowa State on the schedule, although Byron Leftwich wasn't any more prolific for the Bucs.

The Ugly: It's never good when the savior is cautioning people not to panic, as Jay Cutler had to after throwing a pick on an unmemorable day against the Bills (some would say it's also not good when Trent Edwards shows you up).

teamjordan_2345

I actually think both Sanchez and Stafford will do well this year. They both seem to have "moxy", and are not afraid to try and fail.

-- teamjordan_2345
vikings42011

Childress im thinking you need some thicker glasses. Jackson once again looked right into the headlights and froze just like those northern deer. The guy you traded for shined with a hurt ankle. Keeping what performance in perspective. Jackson is not an NFL QB. The only reason this guy had any solid perfomances is because he was facing 8 and 9 man fronts to stop AP.

-- vikings42011

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It's one thing to look good throwing passes in seven-on-seven drills or posing in the pocket while wearing a red jersey (we see you, Matt Stafford). Any quarterback can look good in a red jersey -- well, maybe not Jared Lorenzen.

The real test for a quarterback trying to earn a starting job comes when the whistle blows for real and defensive linemen are trying to do things to him that would make Brock Lesnar wince. And you thought preseason games were a waste of money. Well, actually, you're right about that, but they do play a role in settling quarterback duels.

While the opening exhibition game between the Titans and Bills didn't offer much in the way of quarterback drama (no matter what Vince Young thinks), the first full weekend of games will be a different story. One of the biggest auditions comes with Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson and the Browns visiting Lambeau Field. SportsNation ranked Quinn No. 2 when it came to quarterbacks battling for jobs, behind only Oakland's Jeff Garcia. The bad news for the former Golden Domer is voters also ranked Anderson No. 3.

Hey, look at that. A post about quarterbacks that didn't mention Brett Favre or Michael Vick ... until now. Our bad.

jryanfrink

I was never a huge Sanchez fan until he started coming into the restauraunt that I worked at as a night job. He is the most respectful and mature kid out of any football player I have seen come out of college in years. Im not just saying that because I have met him a few times. Im saying that because anyone who is in his shoes now a days seems to get soooooo big headed and lose focus of why they are where they are. I did not get this vibe from Sanchez at all.

-- jryanfrink
3hypocycloids4cusps

Rosenfels is HANDS DOWN better than T Jackson. If Childress will swallow his ego and let him start the Viks will win the division, if not then I feel Green Bay will win the division. Cutler is a spoiled baby and it will take him two years (at least) to become a man in the NFC North.

-- 3hypocycloids4cusps

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Some quarterback battles are worthy of Bruce Lee. Others more closely resemble Larry, Moe and Curly. But through it all, we're talking about summer entertainment. And when the other option is figuring out which punter a team will go with, we'll go with the contrived quarterback drama, thank you very much.

Browns coach Eric Mangini says he doesn't have a timetable for naming a starting quarterback. And the truth of the matter is that it probably doesn't really matter whether Mangini decides to start Derek Anderson or follows SportsNation's advice and goes with Brady Quinn when the Browns open the regular season at home against the Vikings (and their own quarterback to be named later).

Pick the right guy and maybe the Browns go 8-8. Pick the wrong guy and maybe they go 4-12 again. By December, people on the shores of Lake Erie may all be talking about Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford anyway.

But at least the Browns are choosing from two seemingly viable options, if only compared to how voters feel about the battles in Minnesota (Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels) and San Francisco (Alex Smith and Shaun Hill).

justsandmann

Mangini will be under alot of presser. I think he goes w/ Quinn, because Mangini will get less grief is he doesn't work out compared to going with Anderson.

-- justsandmann
jaredlawson

has this ever worked? waiting until the last minute to decide on a starting qb? they must have their reasons, but if i was a browns fan. i would want this figured out and soon..

-- jaredlawson

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Who needs Brett Favre? If the Vikings would just take SportsNation's advice and sign Michael Vick, the NFC North would have the most compelling collection of quarterbacks this side of the Big 12. Even without Vick or Favre in Minneapolis, a division that threatened at times in recent seasons to set the forward pass back a decade looks armed and ready.

Aaron Rodgers quietly got the revolution going last year with 28 touchdown passes in his first full season as a starter, and now Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford (or a potentially revitalized Daunte Culpepper) are set to join the fray. Sure, maybe that's putting a rosy spin on a division that produced an 0-16 team last season. For that matter, the three other teams managed just a 13-17 record outside the division. But it could be worse; it could be the NFC West.

As for the team with the dueling weak links under center, SportsNation is showing some lukewarm support for Tarvaris Jackson. Back in April, a healthy majority said he wasn't part of the team's present or future. Fast forward a few months and voters give him the nod over Sage Rosenfels, even if that's not exactly a ringing endorsement of his potential.

daphins23

Rosenfels is actually a pretty decent QB, if they can just get him to stop throwing the ball to the other team. His career QB rating is actually higher than Mike Vick's (81 vs. 75).

-- daphins23
debakes10

I think Sage will be the guy...as long as he doesn't try any flying acrobatics I think he will be a serviceable QB for the Vikings.

-- debakes10
pckrbckr73

I still think it is a 3-way for the NFCN title. I don't think the Lions are going to lie down for anyone either. Sweeping Detroit isn't going to be like it has been. The team(s) that splits with them may be the odd-man-out for the title.

-- PckrBckr73

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So much for that Favre Vikings jersey we had our eye on. Or maybe it's more attractive now?

The Indecisive One made a final decision (maybe) on Tuesday to stay retired (probably) and not join the Minnesota Vikings for the 2009 season. This brings an end (we think) to a summer-long series of doctor visits, mysterious plane rides, "Where's Childress?" spottings and wall-to-wall coverage on this very Web site. While some might say his delayed decision-making was selfish, a healthy chunk of SportsNation blames the media for the story within a story that even led to Favre making fun of himself in a commercial for washing machines (it comes out in September, but we all know it'll leak online well before that).

But what about Vikings fans who are now left with the two-headed, not-very-intimidating monster of Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson taking snaps? The Michael Vick whispers are deafening.

gilesjk84

I am not sure how Vick would be received in Minnesota, but, the Vikings should consider talking to Vick's agent. Send a few trial balloons out to the fans to see.

-- aggiesbeathornets
brianm23

Cool now the Vikes can move on to pretending that they want either one of their qb's. I'm sure that conversation will be hilarious. "i know we put more stock in the 4% chance that we'd get a retired 40 year old than we did in either one of you, but we still think you can be our leader!"

-- MALCOLMVEXXED
swimmerchildren

Wisconsin will NEVER forget you Brent.

-- TheHelmutt

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