Quarterback: The NFL's most important position

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Thank goodness Brett Favre is going to continue coaching high school football players.

The situation that the NFL is in right now is not a place that they'd like to be at the moment.

Injuries are hitting every team, some more than others, and it's depleting many teams' rosters. So much so, that the St. Louis Rams called the 44 year-old grandfather Favre to inquire about his willingness to suit up, even if it's for another ten games.

Everyone remembers the back and forth, yes and no, he's coming back but maybe not dilemma that Favre put us all through for a couple seasons.

Favre retiring from the Green Bay Packers, the team he led for 16 seasons, thrusted ESPN and other networks into a long frenzy of rumors. The fact that the Rams have seemingly exhausted all-other outlets and had to turn to the 44 year-old, two-year retired slinger is a little sad.

It just goes to show the amount of quarterbacks that are in the NFL but aren't up to par with the way the league is turning.

It's becoming a passer-friendly league and the standards of a starting quarterback are much different from even five years ago. Rules, plays and in effect defensive schemes have been altered while all improving the life of a quarterback.

Rules have been changed in the hopes of improving player safety, although controversy still hovers over every "roughing the passer" and "pass interference" call that is whistled.

Concussions have rattled the NFL and more and more information and test results have become more public, thus effecting the rule changes. The NFL has faced criticism in the past, and will continue to do so, but they don't seem to be helping defensive players play their positions.

With the changes that are slowly altering the NFL landscape as we know it, the level of quarterback play in the starting role has to be top-notch in order to play the position in 2013.

Let's look at the St. Louis Rams' QB situation; St. Louis has opted to start Kellen Clemens for their Monday night matchup with the 6-2 Seattle Seahawks. The other two quarterbacks on the Rams' roster, the two who will be battling Clemens for the job after Monday night, are Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.

Normally with quarterback names, you can recognise them instantly because they've played often enough to know. Davis and Quinn have the opposite effect as both quarterbacks have been, for the most part, career backups, so not very good.

Teams like the Rams can't be consistent winners in the league if their QB is one of the aforementioned throwers. The days of teams winning with quarterbacks like Trent Dilfer are over. Look at the teams that have won the past 10 Super Bowls and their QBs.

The list is full of stars: Joe Flacco, Eli Manning (2), Ben Roethlisberger (2), Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady (2). You could make a case for all of those quarterbacks to make the NFL Hall of Fame. This list goes to show that if you have quarterbacks that know how to win consistently you can form a team that can go all the way.

Quarterbacks are definitely important, and you need a great one to win a Super Bowl, but they aren't the whole equation. Jay Cutler, signal caller for the Chicago Bears, can attest to that statement. Cutler has played under four offensive coordinators in five years. Not many quarterbacks get more flack for being so talented but winning so little amount of big games.

With a new coordinator comes a new play book to learn, whether it's the offensive or defensive side. The challenge for players to learn a new playbook almost every season is not a small one by any means and it can lead to good players, like Cutler, to not play up to their potential. 

Staying in one city for many years is beneficial for a good player, history has shown us. Peyton Manning played in Indianapolis for 14 years before signing with the Denver Broncos.

Manning put up record-breaking numbers while with the Colts and won one Super Bowl. Favre did the same thing, breaking many passing records while spending 16 years in Green Bay while also bringing the Packers a Super Bowl win in 1997.

The coordinator positions for Indianapolis and Green Bay were not as unknown as the carousel of coaches in Chicago with Cutler, and as a result the quarterbacks put up big numbers and many, many wins. 

Obviously, the quarterback position is not the only position that matters, but if a NFL team's QB is good, they can win in this league.

The stress of learning new play books hurts every player on the roster, and makes the developmental process of any quarterback longer, thus more losses.

Defences are being drawn up to stop the QB, and if that player didn't do their work during the week (reading the playbook, watching film, practicing), the odds of winning are low.

A lot contributes to being a great quarterback and if you have all the pieces to the puzzle, it might all come together for your team in the end. 

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