NFC West Quarterbacks at a Glance

The NFL quarterback carousel has not missed the NFC West in this off-season.  Every team in the division has either seen a quarterback come or go, or both.  Kurt Warner retired, Marc Bulger was waived, Seneca Wallace bolted for Cleveland, and Alex Smith, is, well, still Alex Smith and still in San Francisco.

Ranking the projected starters:

1. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle – Hasselbeck is the best of the remaining NFC quarterbacks as of right now.  This could change before season’s end.  If he stay’s healthy, I would not be surprised to see him turn back to rare form and do some things he did to get his team to the Super Bowl four years ago.

2. Matt Leinart, Arizona – As much as some lament the fact Leinart is about to become Arizona’s full-time starter, he does have some experience.  This will already be his sixth-season.

3. Alex Smith, San Francisco – Again, by default, he gets the third ranking only because St. Louis’s Sam Bradford hasn’t taken an NFL snap yet.  Expect this to change. I would not be surprised to see David Carr starting before too long.

4. Sam Bradford, St. Louis – He might ultimately end up the best in the division and maybe the conference, however, that won’t happen this season.  Rams fans will need to have patience.

Topics: Alex Smith, Arizona Cardinals, David Carr, Kurt Warner, Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Leinart, NFL, Sam Bradford, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Seneca Wallace, St Louis Rams, Super Bowl

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  • Eric Canty

    Man, what a Cardinal homer. Alex Smith had a better season than Matt and Matt. Leinart has very little game experience the last few seasons and struggled his only season that he started. Smith was the best passer last year in the NFL of passes over 30 yards and ranked just behind Manning on accuracy of on target passes. Smith is in his second year of the same offense and will mop up the Cards.

    • Dave

      I will join the conversation because I am a cardinal homer too. And since we won the division 2 straight years I can be a homer.I guess your right-Alex smith is the second best rated QB in the league. Funny how the results don’t show this. Alex is in the same situation as Leinart-he if does not produce he will be gone. If you look at the season Matt did start he had a very respectable year behind a depleted offensive line and no running game. Alex will never mop up the Cards. I think you will be disappointed again this year when you finish second to the cardinals again. The same goes to all the experts who have predicted the 49ers to win the division each and every year. This year is even worse thinking that you will be going to a super bowl. HA HA Not likely.

      • HardHat

        “If you look at the season Matt did start he had a very respectable year behind a depleted offensive line and no running game.”

        Let’s analyze what you call Leinart’s ‘respectable’ year…

        61.9 passer rating (worst in the NFL), 129 passing yards per game (last in the NFL), 51% completion percentage, 5.8 YPA, 0.4 TD’s per game, 2 INT’s per TD, 0 TD’s to Larry Fitzgerald The Great thru 5 games.

        I’ve got a different name for that kind of season.

        It’s called horse dung.

  • http://raisingzona.com Scott Allen

    That’s my job – to be a Cardinals homer. This is a BLOG with MY Opinion. Of course you are welcome to disagree, but don’t think you are hurting my feelings by calling me a homer. I am and very proud of it. Oh, and thanks for your input! Keep it coming! I appreciate it!