Changing gears for a moment… I just caught this headline on ESPN.com:
Culpepper, unable to catch on as free agent, retires at age 31
Seriously? I know he wasn’t ever a “franchise” quarterback… but Dave and I have been commenting on the apparently lack of league wide depth at quarterback. Certainly, he’s good enough to start somewhere?
Only, that doesn’t appear to be the case. I did a quick look through team rosters to see if I could find a place for him, and it wasn’t easy.
Here are the teams that obviously don’t need a new starting QB (for whatever reason):
Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Patriots, Jets, Broncos, Seahawks, Chargers, Bengals, Packers, Browns, Steelers, Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Saints.
Redskins, Bills, Dolphins, Cardnals, 49ers, Rams, Chiefs, Raiders, Bears, Ravens, Lions, Vikings, Falcons, Texans, Panthers, Buccaneers.
Now, let me preface the rest of this by saying that I haven’t been following the off season goings on at all.
So, of those remaining teams, here’s why I imagine they’re not interested:
Vikings, Raiders, Dolphins: You can’t go home again.
Redskins, Bills, Cardnals, Chiefs, Ravens, Texans: In the early years of a new QB, and you can’t make that sudden of a shift and expect the young guys to be worth anything.
49ers: Can’t bring themselves to admin the Alex Smith wasn’t worht a #1 pick.
Rams and Panthers: Still riding their mediocre QBs who got lucky once.
Bears: Wouldn’t know a good QB if he walked up and bit them on the ass. Also, can’t admit they’ve been riding a lost cause for 3 years.
Leaving: Ravens, Lions, Bucs
Ravens: Already have 7 QBs listed on their roster (although, I’m sure that doesn’t reflect the last round of cuts) Still, you can’t really bring someone in so late in the game. Of course, had Boller not been injured, the Ravens would have been on the second list above.
Lions: Obviously believe that Jon Kitna is good enough to carry them until their new young guy is ready. And he’s only 4 years older that Culpepper.
Buccaneers: Grudun’s QB roulette continues, but with so many QB’s on the roster already it’s tough to add one… not to mention the fact that Culpepper wouldn’t have prayer of running a West Coast offense successfully.
So, there you have it. Seems like Culpepper was a victim of circumstance as much as anything, with so many teams pinning hopes to younger players who may, or may not, be as successful as Culpepper has been.
Still, it seems odd.