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NFL 2019 as the Year of Backup Quarterbacks

Football is the #1 sport with most injuries. 

Every year, quarterbacks account for 5.8% of the total number of injuries. If there was no Plan B, the club would succumb to a losing streak. 

And 2019 is no different wherein 1 in 5 quarterback situations is panic-inducing

According to one study, QBs are disproportionately impacted by shoulder injuries compared with other playing positions. The high risks of shoulder and elbow injuries, however, are caused by direct contacts, not by the throwing motions.

That’s how valuable a QB is—a club cannot do without one.

Enter Plan B or the backup quarterbacks.

Backup QBs are a necessity, not a luxury

The reserve role may not be as prestigious as it seems. Definitely, not at the level of the true QBs (looking at you Tom Brady).

In retrospect, the names of the best backup QBs popped up intermittently. These are Earl Morrall, Jim Plunkett, Doug Williams, and Jeff Hostetler.

Nick Foles is the backup QB that led the Philadelphia Eagles into a Super Bowl showdown against New England Patriots. Foles, who replaced Carson Wentz, went on to receive an MVP performance with a 41-33 win.

In the NFL today, there are just two QBs—the starter and the backup.

However, seven weeks into the 2019 NFL season, six starting QBs already missed the games following an injury. But only two teams have used their backup QBs to full advantage.

The majority of the teams who lost a starter QB relied on the assistance of Ordinary Joes off the bench. So unlikely.

About 107 games have already been played, but there are 214 more to go, which means the high chance of more QBs getting hurt during the game.

In the years to come, the competence of an NFL team will depend on both the starter and the backup QB. Having one isn’t a luxury anymore, but a necessity.

Teams with backup QBs have a winning record

In what can be considered as the year of the backup QB, the teams are [ever too] slowly turning their heads to the role of backups.

The sentiment is clear: if number 18 or 12 got injured in the pitch, the team is f***ed!

This was epitomized when Patrick Mahones was sidelined with ligament damage due to dislocated kneecap recently. A backup QB has to step in for Mahones while he was away for at least a month.

So each NFL team today has a backup QB. Having one is still a game plan.

The teams playing with a backup QB is not at all screwed.

In about 25 games that a backup QB started, the teams have 20-15 upper hand. Teddy Bridgewater, for instance, led the New Orleans Saints with 5-0 as a backup for Drew Brees. 

Same with Kyle Allen who filled in Cam Newton when he had to miss a game where Allen had gone 5-1 for the Carolina Panthers.

Not just as replacements for the injured starter QBs, but backup QBs can be the driving force when the starters struggle with the offence.

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9 Greatest, Wittiest NFL and Players Nicknames

It’s always a wild NFL ride, but you have to credit the cleverness of the people—the teams, players, fans and even the media—in coming with witty nicknames like the below.

Papa Bear

George Halas is the founder-owner and head coach of the Chicago Bears. He was referred to as the Papa Bear for this reason.

However, there is more to it—Halas was also a co-founder of the NFL. He also played for the league that in 1973, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

New York Sack Exchange

Of course, you knew it refers to the New York Jets. It specifically started in the 1980s to refer to the triple threat Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons, and Joe Klecko. 

They were known as the defensive line to boot then sans a Super Bowl appearance.

Ain’ts

Sometimes, the fans display their dismay over the team’s performance by giving it a name. For New Orleans Saints, it was Aints where the fans wear paper bags to hide their face in disgust.

That was before they first appeared in the playoffs in 1987 after more than 20 years. More specifically, it was first used when the franchise lost 14 consecutive games in 1980.

Now, fans call them The Black and Gold or The Who Dats.

Tom Terrific

Tom Brady is a prowess of terrific moves in the field—no doubt about it.

With three Super Bowls and two MVPs each for the NFL and Super Bowl, he only proved how deserving he is of the moniker. 

The Minister of Defense

Reggie White, the all-time greatest defensive lineman, earned this title. He was awarded two NFL Defensive Player of the Year titles.

He has a total of 198 sacks, 33 forced fumbles amassed while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Carolina Panthers. 

Not just the teams and football players

The Cleveland Browns fans are known as the Dawg Pound. And they continue to mobilise and fill up stadiums to the Browns’ delight. 

The Dawg Pound also refers to the bleacher section at the FirstEnergy Stadium dedicated to the franchise’s most passionate fans.

Dawg Pound Daily, a fan site, was created out of that historic name.

On the other hand, when one says the Cheeseheads, he was probably referring to the Green Bay Packers fans. They wear their foam cheese hats on the stadium regardless of the weather.

Then, there’s also a game

When fans remember the 1958 NFL Championship between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts, they would only say one thing: it was The Greatest Game Ever Played.

It was the very first overtime match in NFL history. The game is also considered one of the reasons for the popularity that the league enjoys today. 

The Colts won the match 23-17. 

St. Louis Rams fans surely still remember the Greatest Show on Turf. The players, specifically, Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, and Marshall Faulk, played on a domed turf during the Super Bowl XXXIV.

The Rams took over the Georgia Dome against Tenessee Titans, 23-16. 

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4 Most Embarrassing Moments in NFL History

Much like any other sports, NFL players are bound to make mistakes. What these players did not know then was they are making the biggest mistakes of their life worthy of a spot in this most embarrassing moments in the history of the league.

Here are some of the most embarrassing moments in the NFL.

Jim Marshall ran in the wrong direction

Although a comical moment that you’d find glorified in bloopers reels, it’s easy to see how embarrassed Marshall was. It was the worst play between the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers that involved the defender Marshall who grabbed the loose fumble right after a completed pass.

He ran towards the end zone for 66 yards on that fateful day on October 25, 1964, throwing the ball on the sideline upon reaching the end zone. Blaming a mental lapse, he ran in the wrong direction. It cost Vikings two points but won the game anyway with 27-22.

Redskins’ zero points in a championship game

It was simply known as 73-0, a match between Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins that happened on December 8, 1940, on a sellout Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Bears controlled 100% of the game with the infamous T-formation. 

The Bears had 11 touchdowns, resulting to a one-sided victory in history. It was a rematch since the Redskins had defeated the Bears in the regular season with a 7-3 score, three weeks earlier. 

George Preston Marshall, an owner of Redskins, said that the Bears are crybabies and quitters during an interview. George Halas, the Bears head coach, showed the clip with Marshall’s comments to his team. Indeed, the rest is history.

The 73 points still hold the record of most scores in a match, regular or postseason. It is also the largest margin of victory to date. The 1940 championship win of the Bears is also dubbed as one of the ten games that mattered.

Eugene Robinson as Man of the Year

This one’s cringe-worthy because it involves a football player who supposedly best exemplifies excellent leadership and character on and off the court or the Bart Starr Award. The guy was Eugene Robinson.

The night before Super Bowl XXXIII game, Atlanta Falcons’ safety was arrested for attempting to solicit a prostitute. In a modern twist of event, the prostitute was an undercover cop. The fact that he left his W-I-F-E in the team hotel on the night of his arrest.

Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction

Fans look forward to Super Bowl half-time shows—they prepared for it. But no one was quite prepared when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake took over the stage of Super Bowl XXXVIII. 

Whether intentional or accidental, Timberlake tore Jackson’s clothes, exposing her breast and the nipple shield. The artists downplayed the issue by calling it a ‘wardrobe malfunction’, but the media called it a planned publicity stunt. It was referred to as the Nipplegate in mainstream media.

Instead of focusing on New England Patriots’ win against the Carolina Panthers, it was shifted on the event and the countless complaints after that. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) conducted a crackdown on indecent displays within the entertainment industry. The FCC fined the CBS a fine amounting to $550,000.

 

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