Only 25% of the NFL teams are not in panic mode if their starter goes down with injury. I will not go into a detailed breakdown, but I think most NFL fans will agree with the categorizations.
Following are the current depth charts of the 32 NFL teams and my rankings alphabetized within category.
The following teams should be ok if their starter gets injured.
Why? Simply because the backups have NFL experience and will be able to do a reasonable job if given the reigns.
Michael Vick Matt Schaub D.J. Shockley/Bryan Randall
Steve McNair Kyle Boller Brian St. Pierre/Drew Olson
Kelly Holcomb J.P. Losman Craig Nall/Tory Woodbury
Rex Grossman Brian Griese Kyle Orton/B.J. Symons
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees Todd Bouman Jamie Martin/Adrian McPherson
New York Jets
Chad Pennington Patrick Ramsey Brooks Bollinger/Kellen Clemens
Donovan McNabb Jeff Garcia Koy Detmer/Timmy Chang
San Francisco 49ers
Alex D. Smith Trent Dilfer Jesse Palmer
Teams that could do ok with a little luck, karma, and prayer.
Why? They do not possess the experience that the first tier teams have, but have shown glimpses of promise during their career in college or in the professional ranks.
Jake Plummer Jay Cutler Bradlee Van Pelt/Preston Parsons
Ben Roethlisberger Charlie Batch Omar Jacobs
San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers A.J. Feeley Charlie Whitehurst/Brett Elliott
Matt Hasselbeck Seneca Wallace David Greene/Gibran Hamdan
St. Louis Rams
Marc Bulger Gus Frerotte Ryan Fitzpatrick
Billy Volek Vince Young Matt Mauck/Cody Hodges
There is always next season.
Why? There is no reason to believe the backups will do a good job at this point in their careers as an NFL starter or they have proven that they do not have what it takes. Sure, some could rise from the ashes or rise to the occasion, but the odds are stacked against them.
Kurt Warner John Navarre Matt Leinart/Rohan Davey
Jake Delhomme Chris Weinke Stefan LeFors/Brett Basanez
Carson Palmer Doug Johnson Anthony Wright
Drew Bledsoe Tony Romo Drew Henson/Matt Baker
Jon Kitna Josh McCown Dan Orlovsky
Green Bay Packers
Brett Favre Aaron Rodgers Ingle Martin
David Carr Sage Rosenfels Cody Pickett/Quinton Porter
Peyton Manning Jim Sorgi Shaun King/Josh Betts
Byron Leftwich David Garrard Quinn Gray/Paul Pinegar
Kansas City Chiefs
Trent Green Damon Huard Brodie Croyle/Casey Printers
Daunte Culpepper Joey Harrington Cleo Lemon/Brock Berlin
Brad Johnson Mike McMahon J.T. O'Sullivan/Tarvaris Jackson
New England Patriots
Tom Brady Matt Cassel Todd Mortensen/Corey Bramlet
New York Giants
Eli Manning Rob Johnson Tim Hasselbeck/Jared Lorenzen
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Simms Luke McCown Tim Rattay/Bruce Gradkowski / Jay Fiedler
Mark Brunell Jason Campbell Todd Collins/Casey Bramlet
This category consists of backups and starters that have either proven they donâ€™t have what it takes or they are too young and inexperienced.
Charlie Frye Ken Dorsey Derek Anderson/Lang Campbell
Aaron Brooks Marques Tuiasosopo Andrew Walter/Reggie Robertson
There you have it. My detail-less analysis. If you donâ€™t like it, print it off and wipe your *** with it.