DOUBLE TAKE: Take a hike, and shoulder the burden

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Matt Algarin and Andrew Metz

Matt’s Take:

It was a bad week to be a quarterback in the NFL.

Tony Romo, Drew Brees, and Jay Cutler were all injured. While the injuries to Brees and Cutler were not expected to keep them out of action long, Romo will more than likely miss two months of action.

Sorry Cowboys fans, your season is over now, especially with Dez Bryant out for an extended amount of time. Nobody expects Brandon Weeden to rally the troops. Calling RGIII?

And while he wasn’t injured in the game, Andrew Luck may as well have been. Luck was 21 of 37 with one TD and three INTs. Mind you, the Colts started 0-2 last year and made the playoffs and AFC Championship game.

As for the Saints, they can ill afford for Brees to miss more than a few games. The 0-2 Saints can’t be too excited about the prospect of Luke McCown leading the parade, but at least he has a fun TV commercial to balance things.

And speaking of McCown, there may be a quarterback controversy, for better or worse, brewing in Cleveland. Josh McCown, the teams starter, missed week two with an injury, making way for Johnny Manziel to get the nod.

Against Tennessee, Manziel went 8-15, for 175 yards and two TDs to lead the Browns to a 28-14 win. So the question is, what do the Browns do in week three?

If McCown is healthy, does he regain his starting role? The Browns signed the 36-year-old to a three year, $14 million contract with $6.25 million guaranteed.

Manziel was a first round pick with a lot of growing up to do. Now that he’s sober, is he ready for prime time? Can the Browns count on him to do what he needs to do?

The only way to find out is to let him play.

Get ready for a wild ride, Cleveland.

Andrew’s Take:

There are no leaderless armies.

Well, usually. The Dallas Cowboys just lost Tony Romo for half the season, but I think they’ll keep winning, thanks to a worthless NFC East.

A quarterback has control of the football as soon as the ball is snapped, and power moves with the ball.

As the do-or-die figure in America’s favorite sport, the quarterback gets a lot of our attention, deservedly. They’re just so entertaining, in success and failure.

For instance, Carson Palmer has the Arizona Cardinals looking like contenders. He’s been in the league for 12 years, so no one expects him to suddenly become the class of the league. But he’s doing it.

Meanwhile, Sam Bradford has the Philadelphia Eagles circling the drain. Philly went way out of their way to get him and he is looking like, officially, a bust.

Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota have already experienced the high and lows of an NFL Sunday, each going 1-1.

Russell Wilson looks like Russell Wilson, but his athleticism is being showcased under the distress of a drowning offensive line. The Seattle Seahawks are 0-2, and regardless of optimism from analysts, I think they’re in trouble.

Johnny Manziel looked like Johnny Football again. For the sake of my buddy Matt, I’d like to say that this is the new normal for the Cleveland Browns, but we know how this is going to go.

And Jay Cutler’s got hurt. I’m actually going to miss him for the next couple of weeks.

You knew I was going to save the best for last: Aaron Rodgers is best quarterback in the game, and when he said that God was a Green Bay Packers fan, he wasn’t taking a dig at Russell Wilson. That’s a common phrase in America’s Dairyland, and Rodgers is a man of the people.