We’re mid-season, heading into Week 11, and three teams have opted to make big QB changes to try and turn their season around. The question is, will it work, or will it make things worse? Let’s take a look at those changes, and see what the possible impact could be.
With Peyton Manning out for the Broncos – possibly for the rest of the season – it’s time for Brock Osweiler to step up to the plate. How much of an impact is this going to have on the team? Standing at 7 for 2, Peyton may have had a dodgy season, but he was still getting results, pulling in 9 touchdown passes for the season. Can the ex-Arizona state player top that? I’d hope so. Throwing 1 touchdown per game for the rest of the season shouldn’t be that hard, considering his interception ratio is lower than Manning’s. If anything, Brock should be able to deliver the goods, if he’s given the chance. He can be indecisive on his reads, and has been known to stick with a pass, even when there’s a gap elsewhere on the field, with less coverage. If Kubiak changes the playstyle up, to create more mid-field receivers, and the offensive line can keep the pressure off of him, I think that this could be Brock’s year to really show us what kind of QB he is.
Brandon Weedon has been kicked to the curb. He goes out carrying some of the blame for the disastrous start to this season for the Cowboys that has left them at 2-7 midway through the season. In fairness, he only started for 3 of those games, and Matt Cassell started for 4 of the others, but it looks like Weedon is the one carrying the can for this season. So the Cowboys come back into the second half of the season with a recuperated and rested Romo. It’s inevitable that he’s going to start against the Dolphins, but are the Cowboys bringing him back from that broken collarbone early? With only Cassell left as a backup QB on the roster, the Cowboys are taking a big gamble on Romo being back to full fitness. If he takes a heavy sack against the Dolphins, then that could well spend the end for the whole Cowboys season. That being said, Romo could well be the man to turn it round for the Cowboys towards the second half of the season. This is a big risk, and I hope that the front office staff know what they’re doing, and that the O-line are being drilled on pass protection all week long.
St Louis Rams
The Rams have finally benched Nick Foles, the quarterback that holds the record for ‘most time spent on back’ this season. Instead, they are going to go with Case Keenum, the man that apparently can’t make a completed pass. I suppose I am being unfair, the Rams have limped to 4-5 so far, on the back of a powerful defence, with their offense falling apart on most plays. If the Rams want to change their fortunes in the second half of the season, they are going to need to do more than switch one mediocre QB for another. There needs to be a seismic shift in their offense, otherwise they’re going to walk out of 2015 with nothing but regrets. You can’t have an imbalanced team in this year’s league, you’ve got to be consistent, and heavy on both fronts. Most teams are showing some hard physicality this season, and if the O-line can’t keep people off their QB, and the WR aren’t making their own room, then it doesn’t matter who your QB is. So, which decision is going to have the biggest impact for a team this season? The Broncos are going to see similar results for the rest of the season, unless they drastically change their offense. The Rams could replace the QB with one of those inflatable flailing tube men, and they’d probably still get the same results week in, week out. It has to be the Cowboys. This is either going to sink or swim them. If Romo is covered well, and his arm has recovered, then he could turn this season around for them. If he gets sacked in the first quarter, they could be left relying on their only QB, who frankly hasn’t shown that much promise. This is a real gamble for the Cowboys, but sometimes, you have to roll those dice.