Remember when there was an NFL quarterback shortage? When there were 10 or 12 good quarterbacks on Planet Earth, and the franchises that didn’t have one were doomed to mediocrity?
You know. Like 15 minutes ago.
Those were the days, my friend. But look at the NFL landscape now.
In Philadelphia, young Nick Foles is setting records for efficiency, even though Chip Kelly’s offense is supposedly not a fit and Foles was a forgotten draft pick in 2012.
In Chicago, the ageless Josh McCown, who was coaching high school ball a year ago, has made all the broad shoulders forget Jay Cutler.
In Cincinnati, Andy Dalton is about to lead the Bengals to their third straight playoff appearance, in his three years on the job.
In Charlotte, Cam Newton appears to have found the same magic he had in college.
In Baltimore, Joe Flacco’s a Super Bowl champ.
In Houston, the season’s a disaster, but Case Keenum looks like he might be a player.
In Washington, a soap opera has exploded, but it’s not for lack of QB talent. Not just Robert Griffin III, but Kirk Cousins has D.C. excited.
And that’s not even taking into account Andrew Luck and Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill and Matthew Stafford.
Or the old vets like Tom Brady and the Manning boys and Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo and Phil Rivers and Big Ben and Drew Brees.
Quarterback shortage? I don’t think so.
Chargers at Broncos: Denver 35-23. Peyton Manning has a little alley cat in him. I wouldn’t dare him to be good in cold weather.
Redskins at Falcons: Atlanta 21-17. Deep thinker alert. What’s a bigger D.C. mess. The federal government or the district’s football team?
Bears at Browns: Chicago 26-16. This McCown is not the McCown that beat OSU for Louisiana Tech back in 2002. That was Luke. This is Josh.
Texans at Colts: Indianapolis 23-20. Luck always seems to keep it close.
Patriots at Dolphins: Miami 20-16. For some reason, the Richie Incognito scandal has brought the Dolphins closer together.
Eagles at Vikings: Philadelphia 34-30. Minnesota doesn’t really stand up under that plenty-of-QBs-to-go-around theory.
Seahawks at Giants: Seattle 29-14. Finally, everyone can rest easy. I’m off the G-Men bandwagon.
49ers at Buccaneers: San Francisco 23-20. Tampa Bay is playing well — Greg Schiano might have saved his job and Mike Glennon is one of those good-looking young QBs — but the 49ers are starting to turn desperate.
Bills at Jaguars: Jacksonville 17-16. If you wanted to vote Gus Bradley coach of the year, I wouldn’t argue. The Jags once were 0-8. Now they’re 4-9. And they don’t have a quarterback, either.
Chiefs at Raiders: Kansas City 20-17. Only us old codgers remember when KC-Oakland was a football game you couldn’t miss.
Jetropolitans at Panthers: Carolina 27-7. Who would have guessed that the Redskins would be a bigger pirate ship than the Jets?
Packers at Cowboys: Dallas 30-24. Dallas doesn’t have a defense, but Green Bay doesn’t have Rodgers.
Cardinals at Titans: Arizona 19-6. Cards trail 49ers and Panthers by one game in the wild card. Can you say “must win”?
Saints at Rams: New Orleans 35-25. Saints love those road games in a dome.
Bengals at Steelers: Pittsburgh 22-20. Steelers are my new Giants. I’m not going to write them off until I absolutely have to.
Ravens at Lions: Detroit 31-30. This is a fun Monday night game. Baltimore plays interesting games, and the Lions are all over the place.
Last week: 12-4. Season: 123-70-1.