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QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:27 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 6:40 am
There were three starting quarterbacks hurt this weekend, with two expected to be lost for the rest of the season. That would be Houston's Matt Schaub and Kansas City's Matt Cassel, with Philadelphia's Michael Vick expected to miss at least a week with two broken ribs.

My question is: How will their losses affect the Texans, Chiefs and Eagles? The answers are right here.


The Texans are in command of the AFC South and headed to the playoffs for the first time in their history. Losing Schaub will not change that. That's because they have the running game and defense to take the heat off their new quarterback. It's also because they play in a division where there's no competition. What Leinart will be asked to do is not screw things up. He doesn't have to win games for the Texans. Arian Foster or Ben Tate or the league's No. 1-ranked defense can do that. He just can't lose them, which means no stupid mistakes.

Long-range prognosis: Not good. The Texans make the playoffs, but they don't go far. Once, I thought they were a cinch for one of the two first-round byes. Now, I can't see it happening.

Kansas City

With hand surgery next for Cassel, the Chiefs almost surely are stuck with Tyler Palko the rest of the season ... which means you can kiss those long-shot playoff hopes goodbye. Look, the Chiefs weren't going anywhere with Cassel anyway, but at least there was hope because ... well, because they made it to the playoffs with him a year ago. But there have been too many significant injuries and too many turnovers for Kansas City to pull a repeat of last season. With Palko they'll have trouble running or passing, which means that defense that couldn't stop Tim Tebow is under more pressure than ever. Hasta la vista, baby.

Long-range prognosis:  Bad. These guys were on the critical list anyway. Now, they're headed for life support. Look for them to start setting in the AFC West, with last place a real possibility.


The Eagles always knew that Vick could be an injury waiting to happen, and that injury is two broken ribs. Nobody officially rules him out of Sunday's game with the Giants, but get real: I'd be shocked if he played. I remember Steve Young suiting up for a playoff game with two broken ribs, and he lasted exactly three snaps. He said he couldn't breathe. Plus, the pain was overwhelming. Yeah, I know, Tony Romo somehow managed this year, but his game is entirely different than Vick's. Nevertheless, he did the improbable. Romo doesn't get near the credit he deserves for courage. Anyway, without Vick, the Eagles turn to either Vince Young or Mike Kafka, and, I'll be honest, they have a better shot with Kafka. Young looks lost on the field. Kafka at least looked decent in relief vs. Atlanta. Whoever it is, the Eagles have a problem.

Long-range prognosis: 
Grim. The Eagles can't afford another defeat. They're already two back of the Giants and Cowboys and running out of time. Neither Kafka nor Young is the threat Vick is, which means the offense goes back to LeSean McCoy right, LeSean McCoy left and LeSean McCoy up the middle. At least with Kafka there's the threat of a passing game; with Young, no such luck. Vick's injury could not have happened at a worse time. Not only are the Eagles floundering; they take on the first-place Giants next. Do you believe in miracles?

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:31 pm

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

lotusmag:   Steelers have been uncharacteristically sloppy and prone to dropping games they should win.

Name one for the Steelers.  Or, did you mean the Ravens?

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:33 pm

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

I am a Chief fan too... but i think things ARE as bad as they seem. We have no depth. Like usual, we will start at QB. The Pats lost Brady. They had a Cassell (alright, he's no Frank Reich) to fall back on, but at least he was serviceable. Our backfield... IF, IF, IF, Charles comes back like he was, i still contend that he won't hold up for 280 carries a year. He's just not sturdy enough. But at least we have Thomas "2 yards and a thud" Jones to fall back on. Looks like Battle could be okay, but I'd sure like to have Trent Richardson as a starter with Charles as a change up. Receivers are okay.Might need a tight end though. Looks lke Moeaki's collegiate injury issues may stay with him. Our line? Let's see, we have an all-pro left guard playing left tackle, a 74 year old center, Ryan Lilja who was kicked out of Indy because the center of their line was unable to pass block AT ALL. Then there is Barry Richardson. He could likely hold my mother to 2 or fewer sacks per game... most of the time.

Defense: Our secondary may be okay. might need another serviceable safety. Jon McGraw went to elementary school with Moses. Our linebackers? DJ and Tamba are studs. Cheech "Up in Smoke" Houston does not appear to be the pass rushing phenom we had hoped for and Andy Studebaker is a nice story, but ain't exactly Mike Vrabel. Not sure what to think of Belcher. Can't help but to think that Don'ta Hightower would look good in there beside DJ. Our DLine? I think Dorsey will work, but Gregg is getting on in years, and there is a reason Powe doesn't dress on Sundays and Gordon was out of football for a reason as well. So by my count we need a QB possibly, a RB, a TE, two tackles, a DE, a NT an ILB, an OLB and depth at safety. That's about 10 players. Count on getting 3 or 4 from the draft and maybe two free-agents. That's if we don't lose anyone. Two more years of mediocrity folks.

My draft? I am guessing by the time we lose a minimum of 6 more games this year, we will likely be drafting somewhere in the top 10.
Rd 1 - Jonathan Martin or Trent Richardson or Matt Barkley
Rd 2 - Don'ta Hightower (if we get lucky) or perhaps David DeCastro (LG) or josh Chapman (NT)
Rd 3 - Maybe a Levi Adcock or Andrew Datko at tackle

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:16 pm

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

last i checked eagles were 3 games back from giants and 2 behing cowboys,hmmm editor dont know the standings! cmon maaaan!

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:14 pm

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

What a surprise. Before Matt got hurt no one was even mentioning the Texans as a top team in the AFC. Now it's like the Texans were everyone's Super Bowl pick until this happened.
Actually, the Texans were my SB pick, a Cinderella story a la last year's Packers, only I picked them to be crushed by Green Bay in the SB. Now, of course, it doesn't look so good. Still, I don't see a single AFC team that isn't vulnerable to big upsets. Powerhouses like the Patriots and the Steelers have been uncharacteristically sloppy and prone to dropping games they should win. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Texans win at least one in the postseason, even with Leinart...

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:18 am

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

What a surprise. Before Matt got hurt no one was even mentioning the Texans as a top team in the AFC. Now it's like the Texans were everyone's Super Bowl pick until this happened.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:14 am

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

waynelee:   I'm goint to speak as a Big Blue fan

That's one of the best disclaimers I've ever heard!

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:15 am

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

Mannn im sick of people talking about how Romo is a hero for playing with broken ribs. Im sick of hearing Steve Young talk about how he couldn't breathe with broken ribs. When i see and hear this shyt i think, dont people know every human body reacts differently to injury??!! I know this first hand because i was laid out in the hospital with 2 broken ribs after a car accident and i barely felt them! The doctor in my face telling me its gonna hurt to breathe, its gonna hurt to move, xrays of my ribs in my face....guess what, it didn't hurt to breathe, it didnt hurt to move!! I barely felt it. Im betting %100 Romo barely felt it too. Steve Young needs to shut up cuz if anything all this proves is he's built like a whimp.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:50 pm

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

I'm goint to speak as a Big Blue fan: with Vick, the Eagles beat the Giants; without them, it's nearly even.  I wouldn't put it past them.  But the real winner is Dallas: those damn boys are in like Flynn.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:45 pm

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

Things could be worse. You could have Norv Turner as your head coach.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:45 pm

QBs ailing, and so are their clubs

Things aren't as bad as Chiefs fan like myself think they are.  Injuries severely limited this team with Berry being by far the worse.  He was and is the Captain on that def and it's a damn shame Stevie Johnson had to cheap shot him like that in the 1st quarter of the first game of the year.  I just wish other guys on that team had the heart of Dex.  It's obvious he's no better than a returner slash slot WR at times but he is too small to play RB and his size makes it very hard to hold onto the ball with the hits he takes.  But at least the dude goes all out every time and CATCHES the ball.  I would think Bowe would be stepping up being it's a contract year but his play yesterday was the worse I've ever seen him play.  People gotta rememeber that even when Cassel put the ball on a rope accurately our WR drop the ball.  The O line is horrendous and I mean not only small but got players out of position and a 39yr old Center along with a Lilja playing on two bad knees.  My point from the beginning of this rant is teams like San Fran etc turned it around in one year.  KC will not have the brutal schedule they have this year for next and quite honestly Pioli needs to be more vocal about this mess.  He drafted guys like T Jackson, he signed and traded for Cassel and it's just not working out.  Unless KC surrounds him with a ton of weapons and protects him he's no good.  But when it's all said and done Haley will get the boot so Pioli can save face and thus once again another rebuilding process unless KC can find gold in a coach like San Fran did. 

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