Whatever happened to back-up QB's who actually played in games??
So far in 2023 there have been six season-ending injuries to starting QB's: Joe Burrow, Anthony Richardson, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, and Daniel Jones. Another group of QB's have missed at least one start due to an injury: Kyler Murray, Bryce Young, Jimmy Garoppolo, Justin Fields, Tyrod Taylor, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill. I was just checking on tonight's game and apparently Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen are both sub-par but will nonetheless be starting.
That's all pretty incredible to me.
I had mentioned several weeks ago that in one particular week eight games were decided either by a score as time was expiring or an Int, fully half of the games played that week. It sounds weird but as a fan it seems that it is quite exactly what the NFL wants, games that keep all fans interested till time expires. There's a casualty to all that and it seems that it might be back-up QB's because they never get to play.
My memories are of teams having suitable QB's on the bench who routinely saw maybe five minutes of play at the end of several games each season. Teams and fans knew what they could do, knew how they performed under game conditions. That's a faint memory now. The veteran QB's used to be the back-up but now it's young draft picks who aren't good enough to start and who never really get tested. Aside from the QB position I can't think of any other group of players on a team that don't regularly see the game and who aren't really prepared to play.
Is this the new NFL for good??