Holcomb among top backups?

People were justifiably worried about the Vikings quarterback situation coming into the season. With Tarvaris Jackson out, we'll see if the addition of veteran Kelly Holcomb has indeed solidified the No. 2 spot. See our backup quarterback rankings for all 32 NFL teams.

The ideal situation for a team at quarterback is to have a solid, proven, experienced starting quarterback who is the unquestioned leader of the team.

The ideal profile for your No. 2 quarterback is a guy who has a proven track record of success and productivity, but has come to accept his role as a backup.  He isn’t lobbying to start and can actually mentor the usually younger starting quarterback.  Yet if he should have to step in because of injury, he has the leadership to step right in and take over.  He still needs to have a good arm and at least okay physical tools so the team’s playbook doesn’t have to be watered down.

So that is our criteria for ranking backup quarterbacks.  Finding the right mix of all those characteristics is hard to find.  Many who have the right experience and remaining physical tools are still angling for a starting job, when in fact they could easily prolong their career if they would accept the role as the all-important No. 2 quarterback.

Ideally, the No. 3 quarterback is then a young but talented, developmental-type prospect with the ability to eventually be groomed into a starter, not just a career backup.

Without further ado, here’s how we rank the No. 2 quarterback for all 32 NFL teams.  Listed in parenthesis are each player’s career number of games played, games started and their career quarterback passer rating:

Team – Player (GP/GS/QB Rating)
ArizonaKurt Warner (85/74/93.8)
Washington – Mark Brunell (157/150/84.2)

St. LouisGus Frerotte (128/79/75.3)
Chicago – Brian Griese (81/72/84.5)

MinnesotaKelly Holcomb (34/21/79.9)
San FranciscoTrent Dilfer (123/107/71.3)
TennesseeKerry Collins (156/148/73.2)
CarolinaDavid Carr (76/75/75.5)
PittsburghCharlie Batch (63/38/78.6)
Dallas – Brad Johnson (145/122/83.1)
Seattle – Seneca Wallace (15/4/75.4)

OaklandJosh McCown (35/22/72.1)
DenverPatrick Ramsey (34/24/74.9)
Baltimore – Kyle Boller (41/34/71.0)

PhiladelphiaA.J. Feeley (20/13/71.1)
Tampa BayChris Simms (19/15/71.2)
New OrleansJamie Martin (50/8/82.3)
San DiegoBilly Volek (25/10/86.8)
Kansas CityBrodie Croyle (2/0/11.9)
New EnglandMatt Cassel (8/0/84.8)
N.Y. Jets – Kellen Clemens (2/0/39.6)

Green BayAaron Rodgers (5/0/43.9)
MiamiCleo Lemon (4/1/77.6)
Houston – Sage Rosenfels (17/2/77.6)
Cleveland – Derek Anderson (5/3/63.1)

IndianapolisJim Sorgi (10/0/99.3)
AtlantaChris Redman (10/6/71.3)
CincinnatiRyan Fitzpatrick (5/3/58.2)
JacksonvilleQuinn Gray (3/0/100.0)
DetroitDan Orlovsky (2/0/51.8)
N.Y. Giants – Jared Lorenzen (2/0/0.0)

BuffaloTrent Edwards (0/0/0.0)

Link:  NFL Quarterbacks

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