Should the Arizona Cardinals consider Zach Mettenberger?
Earlier today the Tennessee Titans released quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Currently the Arizona Cardinals on a mission to find and groom their quarterback of the future. So far two players are in consideration for that role; Matt Barkley and Jake Coker. Is it possible that a third name could be added to the mix?
Earlier this morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Titans waived Zach Mettenberger.
Drafted out of LSU in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Mettenberger started 10 games for the Titans over the last 2 seasons. Mettenberger went 0-10 as a starter, but completed 60.3% of his passes while throwing 12 touchdowns along with 14 interceptions.
While his track record leaves much to be desired, at 6’5″ Mettenberger has the strong arm that Bruce Arians loves in his quarterbacks and the ability to stand tall in the pocket.
Given his release is just before OTAs are set to begin, Mettenberger would be able to learn the team’s offense before camp and provide strong competition to both Barkley and Coker heading into the preseason. And at 24 turning 25, Mettenberger is still young and may benefit by pressing the reset button and taking a seat on the bench for a few seasons learning from both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.
The case against Mettenberger is obviously his 0-10 record as a starter. Another concern is that we may have already seen the best of him. Given his large sample size, it is uncertain he will be able to improve even in a new system with new coaches. There possibly won’t be enough enough snaps to go around to give each quarterback a fair shot at the third quarterback job.
There is a slim to none chance that the Cardinals give Mettenberger a chance given what they have yet to see out of Matt Barkley and the upside they see with Jake Coker. However, no stone should be left unturned when it comes to finding your future franchise quarterback.