Tim Tebow gets his first chance to prove he can be an NFL starter when the Denver Broncos visit the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Tebow, who was drafted way earlier than necessary, when the Broncos selected him in the first round of the NFL Draft back in April, tries to add some life to a Denver team that has flat lined.
Tim Tebow isn’t the only former Florida Gators QB getting called on to start this week. The Washington Redskins have benched Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman for their game in Dallas on Sunday. Grossman’s career has been marked by ups and downs that have caused many to wonder if they are going to get “Good Rex” or “Bad Rex” on game day. Grossman was the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI – a day when “Bad Rex” showed up and was picked off twice and involved in two fumbles.
The Green Bay Packers are sitting Aaron Rodgers following his concussion last week and are starting Matt Flynn on national television when they visit the New England Patriots on Sunday night. Hopefully the week of practice has helped Flynn, who didn’t play well in the second half last week at Detroit. He was 15-for-26 with 177 passing yards and was picked off once. More importantly though, Flynn struggled to move the team down the field in a 7-3 loss and couldn’t get it done when the Packers had one last chance to drive.
For nearly two decades, Brett Favre made a habit of starting. He set the all-time record for consecutive starts by a QB with 297. Now, he’s extending his streak of not starting to two. Favre will miss the brave-the-elements battle when the Minnesota Vikings host the Bears in the first outdoor NFL game in Minnesota in almost 30 years. Little known Joe Webb gets the call to start on Monday night as regular backup Tarvaris Jackson started one game and landed on injured reserve.
As the QB carousel continues in Minnesota, one has to wonder… has Favre already suited up for the last time? He’ll have two more chances to get back on the field one last time.