Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

14 November 2014

In the NFL, Tossing Out the Third-String Quarterback

In the NFL, it’s becoming more evident with each passing season that in the club of elite quarterbacks, if two is company, three’s a crowd.

Even people who have a life on Sunday know that quarterbacks are pretty crucial to any team hoping to make a Super Bowl bid, much less win many games. But in a move that only the most addicted fans may have noticed, a growing number of teams are relying on only two QBs week in and week out, contrary to the standard practice of a three-man unit that served as insurance against injury. All of which raises a burning question as we huddle up for another weekend of pro football: Why the choice to make this potentially crucial player a third wheel?

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