The current NFL starting quarterbacks with the three worst records in the league were all of part of the 2002 draft class.
They might be a year late for the traditional "breakout" season expected of quarterbacks, but Houston's David Carr, Detroit's Joey Harrington and Washington's Patrick Ramsey still have opportunities to become quality NFL quarterbacks entering their fourth seasons.
Carr is the unquestioned starter in Houston, and the play of his offensive line might be what kept him from taking that next step last season. For the other two, 2005 could well be the make-or-break season of their careers.
Harrington is hardly a fan favorite in Detroit, and now he's out of excuses. The Lions have spent a first-round draft pick on a wide receiver in each of the past three years, and Kevin Jones is one of the most promising young running backs in the game. If Harrington stumbles out of the gate, coach Steve Mariucci won't hesitate to bench him in favor of Jeff Garcia.
"I want to change the losing -- obviously -- so there is some common ground there," Harrington said. "The fans are not going to go away, and the only way to turn them around is to go out and win some football games, and that is what we are going to do."
Ramsey isn't quite on the hot season Harrington is, but only because he doesn't have Garcia lying in wait. Mark Brunell proved last season that his best days are well behind him, and rookie Jason Campbell is too green to take over this season.
"I do feel like it's my best opportunity," Ramsey said. "I feel fortunate to be starting. It's a year for me to come in and play well."
Ramsey struggled in Saturday's scrimmage against Baltimore, but he knows the Redskins offense is his show to run following a 2003 season in coach Steve Spurrier's whacky offense and a 2004 season in which Brunell started the first nine games.
"I do think of myself as the starter, (but) entrenched is strong," Ramsey said. "I want to play well in the preseason and show that I deserve it. It's somewhat of a different viewpoint (being the starter). If we're going to run a two-minute drive, it's helpful to be the first one out there, to kind of set a standard."
Three's Company: Carr, Ramsey, Harrington Must Win
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