QB Rankings- Where the Eagles Rank

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On, Pat Kirwan ranks all of the teams in the NFL and what situation they would be, whether it be a good situation or a bad one, if the starter goes down. 

The Eagles are ranked number one, not suprisingly, after they signed Michael Vick to a two year deal, with an option.

Below is the points explanation:        

Points -- Explanation 
9-10 -- Top 10 signal-caller in the league.
8-9 -- Ranked 11-16 and in the top half of the league.
7-8 -- Ranked 17-22 and could win with a dominating defense.
6-7 -- Ranked 23-28 and needs a big supporting cast around him.
5-6 -- Ranked 29-32 and not good enough but starts on a poor team.
4-5 -- Backup who can win coming off the bench with starter experience.
3-4 -- Backup who could go .500 on a limited basis.
2-3 -- Backup with a special trait (i.e. speed) or a first-round pick in the wings.
1-2 -- Backup who can take a snap and not embarrass himself.
0-1 -- Backup who knows system to finish a game, at best.

A team in great shape would have their starter score between 8-10 points, their backup between 4-6, and their third-stringer, whom they hope not to count on much over the corse of the season, with a point or two. Any team with a combined score of 13 or higher should be in good shape. In my evaluation, there are 14 such teams.

Rating NFL quarterback depth
Rk Team Points Quarterback depth chart
1. Eagles 17.8 Donovan McNabbMichael VickA.J. Feeley (Kevin Kolb)
Comment: McNabb is a top quarterback with excellent weapons. Vick, as a former starter in Atlanta, is the best backup in the league. Feeley has 23 career starts and has won in the Eagles system. Depth is not a concern here.
2. Cardinals 16.0 Kurt WarnerMatt LeinartBrian St. Pierre
Comment: Warner got his team to the Super Bowl with an aggressive pass attack and Leinart can run this team as well. Saint Pierre knows the system, which means the Cardinals won't abandon the pass with an injury.
3. Cowboys 15.7 Tony RomoJon KitnaStephen McGee
Comment: This is the year that Romo will be evaluated as a leader. With Terrell Owens gone, he now owns the huddle. Kitna is a top backup and he should help Romo on the sideline. A strong run game helps both quarterbacks.
4. Chargers 15.5 Philip RiversBilly VolekCharlie Whitehurst
Comment: Rivers was the highest-rated quarterback in the NFL last year and only threw 11 picks in 478 attempts. Volek can move the team and win games if called upon and Whitehurst would not embarrass himself if asked to play.
5. Saints 15.4 Drew BreesMark BrunellJoey Harrington
Comment: Brees does not get sacked often (once every 49 attempts), which means a fifth straight 16-start season could be in the cards. Brunell and Harrington offer starting experience as the backups.
6. Steelers 15.2 Ben RoethlisbergerCharlie BatchDennis Dixon
Comment: Roethlisberger's Super Bowl performance moves him into an elite class. Batch knows the offense inside out and could keep the team afloat if he had to play for a month. Big Ben started 19 games last season but has had his share of bumps and bruises.
7. Vikings 15.1 Brett Favre, Sage RosenfelsTarvaris Jackson (John David Booty)
Comment: Favre changes everything for the Vikings. Before he injured his arm last year he was a top-rated quarterback. The Vikings will keep him on limited throws all season. Jackson has already led the team to the playoffs and Rosenfels has won coming off the bench.
8. Panthers 14.6 Jake DelhommeJosh McCownMatt Moore
Comment: Yes, Delhomme threw five intereceptions in Carolina's playoff loss last season, but he led the Panthers to 12 wins. He didn't miss a start in 2008 coming off Tommy John surgery. McCown has starter experience and Moore is underrated.
Rk Team Points Quarterback depth chart
9. Colts 14.5 Peyton ManningJim SorgiCurtis Painter
Comment: If you're strictly grading the league's starters, Manning lands in the top two. But Manning's backups, and their lack of experience, drops the group as a whole. If Manning were to get injured, things would change radically for the Colts.
10. Patriots 14.4 Tom BradyAndrew Walter
Comment: Brady is the league's top quarterback in the eyes of most evaluators, but he is coming off a serious knee injury. His backup now is Walter (for the moment) after the Patriots parted ways with Kevin O'Connell, their 2008 third-round pick. If Brady goes down again, the Pats could be in trouble.
11. Giants 13.6 Eli ManningDavid CarrAndre Woodson
Comment: Manning is more than a system quarterback and has proven he can win a Super Bowl. His backup, Carr, provokes a lot of questions because of his shaky past. Woodson, who spent last season on the practice squad, isn't ready.
12. Seahawks 13.3 Matt HasselbeckSeneca WallaceMike Teel
Comment: Hasselbeck looks back to his 2007 form when he had 28 TD passes and just 12 interceptions. He has solid weapons, which should help him. Wallace now has starter experience and Teel is worth working with as a developmental player.
13. Titans 13.2 Kerry CollinsVince YoungPatrick Ramsey
Comment: Collins solidified the position but he is not asked to do much in the passing game. Vince Young looks lost at times, and Ramsey, with his starting experience, gives the Titans a possible answer if Young stumbles.
14. Dolphins 13.1 Chad PenningtonChad HennePat White
Comment: Pennington doesn't excite the average fan but he is accurate, rarely makes mistakes and led the Dolphins to a division title last year. Henne is a fast-rising star and White brings a special dimension to the Wildcat.
15. Bengals 12.8 Carson PalmerJ.T. O'SullivanJordan Palmer
Comment: If Carson Palmer can stay healthy, then the Bengals have a top quarterback situation. But health has been an issue for him in the past. O'Sullivan has starter experience and Jordan Palmer won't embarrass himself if he has to play.
16. Bears 12.6 Jay CutlerCaleb HanieBrett Basanez
Comment: Acquiring a player like Cutler doesn't happen very often in the NFL. He has the arm strength to insure the weather will never be a factor. His backups don't have the experience to rank the team any higher than this.
Rk Team Points Quarterback depth chart
17. Falcons 12.5 Matt RyanChris RedmanD.J. Shockley (John Parker Wilson)
Comment: Ryan might turn into the next Tom Brady in the NFL. He can do it all but his backups have yet to prove they could ever keep things going if he gets hurt. Redman has 10 career starts, but none with distinction.
18. Texans 12.4 Matt SchaubDan Orlovsky, Rex Grossman
Comment: Schaub is solid, but staying on his feet for a 16-game season is a big question. He's missed five games in each of the last two seasons. Orlovsky and Grossman add starting experience and probably will be asked to play sooner or later.
19. Rams 12.3 Marc BulgerKyle BollerKeith Null/Brock Berlin
Comment: Bulger had a poor season in 2008 and could struggle again with a lack of quality receivers. If the Rams protect him, he can be a top 20 quarterback. A former starter, Boller has good movement skills and provides a change of pace.
20. Packers 12.2 Aaron RodgersMatt FlynnBrian Brohm
Comment: Rodgers is better than starters for other teams above this spot, but his backups have no experience. If they had to rely on Flynn or Brohm for any long stretches during the season, the Packers would be lost.
21. Ravens 12.1 Joe Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck
Comment: A sophomore jinx is not likely in store for Flacco, who finished with a grade of 8.0 (out of 10) as a rookie. Smith, pegged the '08 starter before an injurey handed Flacco the job, is an unknown, and Beck lacks real experience.
22. 49ers 11.9 Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, Damon Huard
Comment: Even though Hill begins the season as the starter, the battle between him and Smith is likely to go on well into the season. Neither guy is polished enough to be a top 16 quarterback and that keeps the team ranking down in the 20s.
23. Bills 11.8 Trent EdwardsRyan FitzpatrickGibran Hamdan
Comment: Edwards is smart and has Terrell Owens, but only 11 TD passes in 2008 is a yellow flag. He also has a medical history, which means Fitzpatrick could be a factor. Fitzpatrick, however, had only eight TD passes in 372 attempts last season with the Bengals.
24. Jaguars 11.7 David GarrardTodd Bouman, Paul Smith
Comment: Garrard looks ready to return to his efficient 2007 style. He started all 16 games in 2008, despite playing behind a makeshift offensive line; another year of 40-plus sacks is possible. Bouman is 37 and would struggle if he had to play an extended time.
Rk Team Points Quarterback depth chart
25. Redskins 11.6 Jason CampbellTodd CollinsColt Brennan
Comment: Campbell is finally in the same system for two consecutive years for the first time since high school. Collins is a veteran backup but will not come on the field unless Campbell is injured. Brennan is a fan-favorite but not ready.
26. Broncos 11.5 Kyle OrtonChris SimmsTom Brandstater
Comment: Orton has a lot of pressure on him as he replaces Jay CutlerBrandon Marshall, who is always in the doghouse, can't be counted on. Simms could push Orton but for now he settles for the backup spot for a rookie head coach.
27. Raiders 11.4 JaMarcus RussellJeff GarciaCharlie Frye
Comment: If the Raiders release Garcia this becomes the bottom-ranked unit. Russell has a long way to go as an NFL quarterback and the other backups offer no assurance they can move the team up and down the field if asked to.
28. Buccaneers 11.3 Byron Leftwich
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