Speed Bump 15 - Pick Your Poison
Posted Aug. 09 at 02:53 AM
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Oh no. You waited one round too long to select your backup QB. Gone are juicy options like Matthew Stafford and Chad Henne. Even your fallback option Alex Smith got snaked on you. You find yourself having to pick from a herd of potentially less attractive options. We've had some wacky free-for-all Speed Bump polls in the past but never one like this. It's a 10-man, cage-match-style free-for-all. Grab your barb wire, iron pipes, batons and battle axes, only one of these options is coming out as the successful answer to the 15th question in the 2010 Speed Bump Competition. The odds of getting all the polls correct just increased 10-fold with this one and with Speed Bump 15 the odds of getting all 15 correct officially reaches one in a billion (1 in 1,061,683,200 to be exact).
Party at Sam Bradford's place! His shoulder injury and reconstructive surgery bears some risk but 2010's #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft landed a 6-year, $78M contract, including $50M guaranteed – the first $50M guaranteed deal in NFL history. Bradford won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore at Oklahoma with a pinball-like 4,720 yards passing yards, 50 TDs and only 8 INTs.
After five years as a Washington Redskin, Jason Campbell takes his act to the silver and black of Raider Nation. He somewhat quietly had a career-best 3,600 passing yards last year and arguably gets an upgrade in surrounding talent in Oakland.
Entering the second year of a 6-year, $63M contract, the QB that never even started in college will work on improving off a disappointing 2,924 yard season first season with the Chiefs. Coming in from the bullpen in 2008 when Tom Brady went down in week one in the "shot heard 'round the world", Matt Cassel is one of only five QBs in NFL history to have passed for more than 400 yards in consecutive games.
It was a tough rookie season for Josh Freeman finishing with a 59.8 QB rating (including a 5-INT game). But Freeman had some nice moments last year as well – he led Tampa to a win over Green Bay in his first-ever NFL start (wearing Tampa's old "creamsicle" jerseys in throwback jersey day no-less) and an upset win in week 16 over the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints (preventing them from clinching the 1st seed in the playoffs for one more week).
After a 102.2 QB rating in 2007 with a brilliant 18 TD to 3 INT ratio and leading the Jaguars to an 11-5 season and AFC South title, Jacksonville signed David Garrard to a 6-year, $60M contract extension through 2014. Since getting paid Garrard has delivered 3,609 passing yards per season with 15 TDs and 12 INTs on average and back-to-back losing seasons.
Just two years ago Matt Hasselbeck was coming off a near 4,000-yard season and was a top 10 QB on average in fantasy drafts. The Seahawks traded for unknown Charlie Whitehurst this off-season but Hasselbeck is reportedly its unquestioned starter. This is a contract season for Hasselbeck who will be an unrestricted free agent heading into 2011.
Over the last three years, the Arizona Cardinals have passed for an average of 4,252 yards per season. Just sayin'. So long Kurt Warner, hello Matt Leinart. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner started 11 games as a rookie and gets another crack at it after three years on the bench.
Matt Moore got the chance to start the final five games in 2009 (after that stubborn head coach John Fox finally benched Jake Delhomme – apparently, 18 INTs to 8 TDs was more than even he could take) and Moore posted a noteworthy 98.5 QB rating with an 8-2 TD/INT ratio. Moore has ample incentive to play well as the Panthers offered Moore only a one-year deal and then drafted Jimmy Clausen in the 2nd round.
Despite the pressure of taking over for Jay Cutler in a sudden swap of starting QBs last year between Chicago and Denver, Kyle Orton delivered a career-best 3,800-yard season and 86.8 QB rating. Denver rewarded Kid Whiskey with only a one-year deal, then traded for Brady Quinn and traded up aggressively to draft Tim Tebow in the 1st round of this year's draft. Sheesh. Like Matt Moore, Orton is playing for a new deal.
Ranked the highest of these ten QBs on average in magazines, the 2006 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Vince Young had his first positive TD to INT ratio season last year (10 to 7). In large part based on exceptional rushing stats for a QB, Young was the 4th best fantasy QB in the game as a rookie over the final eight games of the season.
Pick your poison.
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