Quarterback controversy. They are the two words that haunt National Football League franchises, head coaches and general managers. The old adage as it pertains to pro football is that a team that has two quarterbacks actually has none. A pro-style offense needs a true leader inside of the huddle, behind the center and in the pocket. While it is important for a NFL team, particularly one that wants to contend for a Super Bowl championship, to have a solid backup, it needs to be clear to everybody in the locker room and among the fan base of the club that the starter is, so long as he is healthy, the starting QB.
What happens, though, when a head coach is forced to pick one of two bad players to be his starting quarterback? You could ask fans of the Cleveland Browns about this. The truth of the matter is that one could dedicate an entire piece to the long list of failed quarterbacks and useless QB controversies that the Browns have been responsible for since the team returned to the NFL in 1999. One would think that a NFL team that is worth over $1 billion could, in 16 years, fall into a franchise QB at least once. The Browns continue to show that is not the case.
The Browns, as poor as they have been, are not the only team that has put fans through useless and mind-boggling quarterback controversies. Even teams that have won multiple championships, a storied franchise such as the Dallas Cowboys, have been forced into an awful quarterback controversy. Fellow NFC East team the Washington Redskins have seemingly been involved in a QB controversy for years, and a new controversy will likely be sparked at some point in 2016. Is it possible that the Redskins have a franchise QB on their roster as of November 2015? No, they probably don't.
15 Geno Smith vs. Michael Vick
14 Colt McCoy vs. Brandon Weeden
13 Brian Hoyer vs. Ryan Mallett
12 Matt McGloin vs. Terrelle Pryor
11 Jay Cutler vs. Josh McCown
10 Kyle Boller vs. Anthony Wright
9 Charlie Frye vs. Derek Anderson
8 Matt Cassel vs. Brady Quinn
7 Kyle Orton vs. Tim Tebow
6 Tim Couch vs. Kelly Holcomb
5 Colin Kaepernick vs. Blaine Gabbert
4 Dave Brown vs. Kent Graham
3 Robert Griffin III vs. Colt McCoy vs. Kirk Cousins
2 Matt Cassel vs. Brandon Weeden
1 The Detroit Lions QB Controversies
Trying to pick the most useless QB controversy in the history of the Detroit Lions is like attempting to pick out the most beautiful snowflake in the bunch. It is an impossible task. Gary Danielson vs. Eric Hipple. Rodney Peete against Erik Kramer. Kramer vs. Andre Ware. The Lions could be on the verge of another controversy in the fall of 2015, as Matt Stafford was benched for Dan Orlovsky during a game. Those who have followed the Lions for the past decade and a half have understandably complained about the team's inability to land a talented QB. Maybe there is something to the talk about the supposed “Curse of Bobby Layne" that hovers over the Lions.
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