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.