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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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5 Football Players that Should’ve Already Been Inducted to the HoF

Rumours are circulating that the National Football League (NFL) will be inducting up to 20 football players in the Hall of Fame (HoF) class of 2020. But those are, well, rumours. The NFL has been criticised time and again about the limited number of inductees every year.

This is also the reason why some pro footballers should have already been living as Gold Jackets. If not for the deliberate snubbing of the committee, that is.

Here are the names of these players.

1) Ray Lewis

Lewis is the only NFL player who was selected for the Pro Bowls for 13 times. Other than being seven-time First-Team All-Pro, he was also the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team first-team linebacker.

Lewis was the defender to beat in the 2000s. If not for him, the Baltimore Ravens would not achieve what it had. The team won the Super Bowl XXXV. He received the Super Bowl MVP award as well as two Defensive MVP titles. 

2) Junior Seau

Seau is one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the NFL, playing for San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots from 1990 to 2009. He was a six-time First-Team All-Pro. He also appeared in the Pro Bowl 12 times.

He was included in the 1990s All-Decade Team as a first-team linebacker. The Chargers won the AFC championship title and appeared in Super Bowl XXIX because of Seau.

Unfortunately, he took his life in 2012 but chose to donate his brain so the medical community could study it. He wanted to contribute to understanding how several concussions may lead to physical discomfort later on in life.

3) Tony Gonzalez

Gonzalez played for 12 Pro Bowls. He was also a five-time First-Team All-Pro in addition to being included in the 2000s All-Decade team as the first-team tight end.

As one of the top tight end receivers, he was in the seventh ranking in receiving yards and sixth in touchdown catches. He led the record for all-time catches and touchdowns by a tight end in 2007. In 2008, he led the receiving yardage of all-time among tight ends.

Gonzalez has not any Super Bowl ring which could be the reason for the snub.

4) Will Shields

Like Seau and Gonzalez, Shields was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection. Shields was also voted twice to be included in the First-Team All-Pro. He was the 2000s All-Decade Team second-team guard.

Shields also became one of the starting players on his second game as a rookie. He was then included in the starting lineup in the next 2323 games that he played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

5) Brett Favre

Favre was a QB for Atlanta Falcon, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in 11 Pro Bowls games. Favre was also a three-time First-Team All-Pro member. In the 1990s All-Decade Team, he was named as a second-team QB.

He led the record for the number of touchdowns thrown as 235 touchdown passes. With this, he became an MVP from 1995 to 1997, the first player to win the title three times. He still holds the record for the all-time passing yardage for a QB with 65,127 yards.  He was one of the reasons the Packers won the Super Bowl XXXI.

 

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NFL Power Couples: 8 Football Stars with Their Wives

Quarterbacks and models are the most exciting combinations NFL fans have seen.

From the hottest couple Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen to Russell Wilson and Ciara, here are NFL’s power couples.

8) Sterling Shepard and Chanel Iman

Sterling and Chanel met during at the party of Victor Cruz, an ex-NFL player. The wide receiver to New York Giants proposed to Victoria’s Secret angel on December 2017, making the newest couple to rival Tom and Gisele’s QB-model union. They got married on March 2018 and welcomed their first child, Cali, in August. Chanel is pregnant on their second child together. 

7) Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington

The famous couple’s relationship was a secret until they married in 2013. The couple has two children, a daughter and son they welcomed in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Nowadays, they enjoyed working together. Nnamdi was a co-producer in Kerry’s Broadway play, American Son.

6) Eric Decker and Jesse James

Eric and Jesse married in 2013, after which their E! reality show Eric and Jesse: Game on started airing. The show documented their life as a newly married couple as well as Jesse’s pregnancy. Eric retired from football in 2018 while Jesse launched Kittenish, a clothing line. The retired wide receiver and country singer are parents to three children. 

5) Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari

The former QB to Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins tied the knot with the former reality star in 2013. They started dating in 2010, broke up briefly in the same year, then reconciled in 2011. Jay and Kristin have two sons and a daughter, Camden, Jaxon, and Saylor. They now live in Nashville. Their family life is featured on E! Channel’s Very Cavallari. Kristin has started her jewellery and a home line called Uncommon James. 

4) Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson

Eric and Jessica began dating in 2010, got engaged in the same year, but married four years later, in 2014. The former tight end has three children with the singer-turned-business mogul namely Maxwell, Ace, and Birdie. Their youngest was born in March 2019.

3) Tony Romo and Candice Crawford

Tono started dating Candice in 2009 then, married after two years. The ex-Dallas Cowboys retired officially in 2016 to focus on his growing family while serving as CBS Sports commentator. Tony and the former TV journalist have three sons together, Hawk, Rivers, and Jones. Candice, on the other hand, founded Hawk + Sloane, a fragrance company.

2) Russell Wilson and Ciara

The Wilson couple rivals Brady and Bundchen as the top power couple. Theirs was a whirlwind romance that ended up in a castle wedding in 2016. Russell and Ciara dated for almost a year. The Seattle Seahawks QB and songstress welcomed their daughter, Sienna Princess, in 2017. 

1) Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

The list will never be complete without mentioning Tom and Gisele. In fact, they are the reason lists like this are created. The quintessential couple is relationship goals, having been married since 2009. The New England Patriots quarterback and Brazilian supermodel have two kids together, Benjamin and Vivian. 

 

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