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Monday, July 29, 2013

Rise or Fall?

Wild on Sports
Rise or Fall?
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jared Newcomb

As training camp for many teams get underway we look at probably the two most critically viewed positions on any team. The quarterback and head coach. The success of both is directly tied to how the team performs. For the Philadelphia Eagles we had Reid for 14 years, much longer than many would've liked but because of his past success he was given a pass for many years with the hope that he would return the team deep into the playoffs. The same can be said for Donavan McNabb. He never won the big game, was he the best QB the Eagles have ever had? Yes. But that can only take you so far. The average players career is about 3.5 years and the same can be said for coaches. Both are tied to each other. But this coming football season is a fulcrum for which some will fall and others will rise. Here are some coaches and quarterbacks that will decide their fate this season.

Coaches on the hot seat

Jason Garrett - He hasn't done much since being names interim head coach after Wade was let go. Losing in November doesn't bode well especially when they are against teams in the division. He role as head coach is also becoming more limited. He now is no longer calling the offensive shots. We will wait and see how Jones handles the situation but as one who isn't of a football mind it is truly up in the air.

Rex Ryan
- I got to tell you he really bothers me. He talks a big talk but never delivers. The only thing that can save him is he starts Geno Smith and has a horrible season, but that could go back to bite him if he made the call to draft Geno and it doesn't work as planned. Or will he stay loyal to Mark and go down with the ship?

Jim Schwartz - He has returned the Lions roar but hasn't made the playoffs after a promising start. Furthermore, the offense is lagging a little bit. Even so I don't foresee a meltdown in Detroit this season but if the performance isn't there then neither will Jim.

NFL Quarterbacks in a make or break year

Mark Sanchez - He is the obvious one and maybe of the highest profile. His career got off to a great start, two AFC Championship games, but since then he along with the team have fallen off. Alot here is to blame; the coach, the line, and the quarterback. Additionally Mark has another battle to face in training camp with Geno Smith and he fate with the team may be decided before the season even starts. He is another reason why I struggle to trust USC quarterbacks.

Blaine Gabbert - Chad Henne is breathing down Gabberts neck and for good reason, he played extremely well while Blaine was injured. It is up to Blaine to convince his coach and GM that he is the QB for the future for the Jaguars.

Josh Freeman - He was drafted in 2009 after Sanchez and Stafford and has managed to play with the same performance as them if not better. He now has a a big target on the field for him to throw which should only help in his second year with Jackson and with the new contract extension given to Williams Josh has many opportunities to prove his worth. However, with a new coach in Tampa, Greg might not be so lenient toward Josh this year if his performance is sub-par.

Phillip Rivers - He is a Fantasy footballers worst nightmare. He is incredibly hard to predict each season. With a new coach, however, he may feel a new sense of urgency but with the type of weapons he has had over the years and his level of play he isn't what I would call a safe bet. If they struggle during the season with Phillip they may get a high enough draft pick to select a quarterback like Johnny Manziel.

Sam Bradford
- He was given a huge rookie contract, little weapons and a horrible team. Now it looks like he is starting to turn around and become the quarterback that the Rams drafted in 2008 but he will need to build upon his last year to quiet the critics.

Brandon Weeden
- Every teams struggles with obtaining good talent at some position but this is ridiculous. Brandon Weeden will be in the mix for a starting job but once again I have little hope for any improvement from any signal caller on that roster.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Never really has had a big breakout season but got a contract that would signal such. He is in a make or break year with the Bills. I do think he will beat out EJ Manuel to start the season but after that EJ could break in as the starter. The first few games are critical for Ryan.

Kevin Kolb
- Th Arizona Cardinals have talent but lack it at a key position - Quarterback. Kevin Kolb was traded from the Eagles to the Cards several years back and ever since has been either injured or in a battle with a slew of other Quarterbacks. Kevin Kolb shouldn't receive much of a chance this season and if he does he probably won't make much of it.


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