Tell us we're drinking the Kool Aid, call us New York Giants homers and claim we're overly biased, but when NFL.com released their rankings of the league's back-up quarterbacks, we here at Giants 101 were shocked to see David Carr listed near the very bottom.
20 quarterbacks from around the league came in ahead of Carr (ranked No. 21) including Seattle Seahawks' Brady Quinn, Cleveland Browns' Jason Campbell, Dallas Cowboys' Kyle Orton and, yes, even New England Patriots' Tim Tebow.
Carr was listed in the group called "Game Managers" along with Drew Stanton (Arizona Cardinals), Bruce Gradkowski (Pittsburgh Steelers) and the aforementioned Brady Quinn. All three quarterbacks were listed ahead of him, leaving him walking a fine line between "Game Managers" and "Ugliness."
"An uninspiring mix, but Stanton was poised to start for Arizona before Carson Palmer swooped in. Quinn has yet to prove he can guide a team out of dark corners, and Carr, at 33, is entering the swansong of his uneven-at-best career."
A former first overall draft pick with 11 years of experience in the NFL (94 games played), Carr is the prototypical (see: nearly perfect) back-up quarterback. There is no learning curve, he's been in the league for quite some time, has had success as a starter and is still young enough (33-years-old) to be productive if called upon. Of course, no fan of the Giants ever wants to see that occur because it would likely mean bad things for Eli Manning.
Still, to think Carr is the 21st-ranked back-up in the league seems preposterous — especially when some of those listed ahead of him have little to no experience or have never proven themselves capable of playing at the professional level.
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