The rumor mill continues to churn out names of possible replacements for injured Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. First, it was Tim Tebow. Now comes word that the Rams placed a phone call to 44-year old retired signal caller Brett Favre. Could Joe Montana or Terry Bradshaw be next?
Are the Rams incredibly desperate for a big name QB to spark a playoff push, or does their phone call to Favre simply sum what that position means in the NFL? The Rams have already named backup Kellen Clemens as their starter for Monday night’s contest against Seattle. The Rams have also brought back Austin Davis, and signed veteran Brady Quinn to the sqaud. But Brett Favre?
Favre hasn’t played in an NFL game for almost 3 years. The future Hall of Famer told Sports Talk 570 in Washington, ““It’s flattering,” “but there’s no way in hell I’m going to do that.” I do watch games, [but] I don’t watch them a lot. I can honestly sit here and say I don’t go ‘I want to do that’ or ‘I feel like I could do that better.’ I leave that up to other people. I think if anything the last year I played was an obvious, writing-on-the-wall vision for you, if you will. It was time. … When I left the NFL, it felt like I didn’t need to stick around. I didn’t need to be a part of it to feel like I had a purpose in life.”
Injuries have certainly taken their toll around the league this season. Quarterbacks have been replaced at an alarming rate because of injuries and poor play. At this time last season, 3 NFL teams made quarterback changes. Its just Week 8, and 11 teams have already made quarterback switches.
The Rams face 2 tough questions both for the short and long term:
1) How effective can Kellen Clemens be for a Rams team that once had high expectations for their offense?
2) Will the Rams look closer at a young quarterback in what looks to be a deep quarterback draft next spring?
It’s obvious that Favre and Tebow are not long term answers for the Rams, or any NFL team in need of stability at quarterback. Tampa, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Arizona and Cleveland are teams that will be looking for a franchise quarterback in the draft. However, the Rams do have 9 games left on their schedule. There’s still alot of time left in this season. So at least for now, the Rams continue to burn up their cell phone minutes as they look for a solution to their quarterback issue.