Three teams that were the subject of incompetence and underachievement in 2011 are now in the thick of the playoff hunt. And all three were guided thanks in large part to their rookie quarterbacks.
The resurgent Indianapolis Colts, sitting at 9-5, are led by Andrew Luck, while the Seattle Seahwaks are led by suprising third round pick Russell Wilson, and the Washington Redskins are led by Robert Griffin III. With all of these teams on he brink of reaching the playoffs and having good seasons nonetheless, this begs the question:
A former second-round pick out of Western Michigan, Greg Jennings has been a staple in Green Bay's passing game alongside longtime veteran Donald Driver and fellow receivers James Jones and Jordy Nelson, and became the team's No. 1 receiver on the oustide with his smooth route running and deep threat ability.
But lately, Jennings has stated that he's beginning to see the 'writing on the wall' when it comes to his future in Green Bay. Jennings becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and has made little progress in terms of a contract extension. And after struggling through the season with groin and abdominal injuries, which forced him to miss a decent part of the season, it's getting harder to see Jennings returning back to Lambeau in 2013.
After signing both former point guard Steve Nash and former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, many believed this would put the Lakers back into better playoff contention and put them atop the Western Division alongside Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
But if you told any NBA fan that they'd be 12-14 at any point in the season, they probably wouldn't believe you. But so it is.
Having fired former coach Mike Brown after only five games, and having hired former Suns and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, who has been trying to install his offense since his hire, the Lakers have not been performing to their standards. Kobe Bryant is still putting up points, but it is not translating to wins; Dwight Howard continues to miss free throws, and D'Antoni's offense is not smooth yet.
But there is hope. Steve Nash will be returning from his knee injury very soon. And Laker nation hopes he can become their "Peyton Manning" upon his anticipated return.
After their 14-10 loss against the Tennessee Titans, a game in which quarterback Mark Sanchez committed five turnovers, four of which were interceptions, the New York Jets have been reported as being interested in dealing Sanchez as well as Tim Tebow, who they acquired last season in a trade with the Denver Broncos. Tebow saw little of the field as a Wildcat option quarterback, and will in all likelihood be wearing a different uniform come 2013.
With the Jets exploring quarterback options, one name that came to mind was Philidelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who it appears is not in the Eagles long-term plans at quarterback, with a new regime very likely to come in Philidelphia. Vick has shown that he can still perform in this league, especially with his arm and athleticism.
But Vick should not be on the radar for a team like the Jets, who could be a solid quarterback away from contention. But why not pursue Vick in the off-season?
When the Washington Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III second overall, and went on to show his talent on the field, the Redskins knew they had found the future of their franchise. The bigger puzzler was why the Redskins decided to draft former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round, when many had him pegged as early as the second round, and who had starter potential. And in his limited time on the field, he has driven the offense down the field and kept the Redskins offense alive.
And while the offense doesn't have the same kind of flair that it has with RG3 under center, Cousins has gained attention with his game winning drives and in his first start against the Cleveland Browns, he went 26 of 37 for 329 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and one interception in a 38-21 victory. Cousins is now 1-0 as a starter in this league.
Yes, it was against the Cleveland Browns. But the Browns actually have a decent enough defense to give quarterbacks trouble. And the Redskins still aren't too complete on offense quite yet. Yet Cousins guided this offense to score 38 poin