In the past few years the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not been immune to injuries by any stretch of the imagination, but one measure of good fortune has been the health of the quarterback.
Over the past four years the Bucs have only missed the presumed starting quarterback in one game, a game during which they were blasted by the Carolina Panthers.
However, as Tampa Bay looks to become more of a perennial contender, backup quarterback is a position they need to make sure is in order. Last season Dan Orlovsky was the backup and lucky for the franchise, as well as Buccaneers’ fans, he never had to play a meaningful snap. Orlovsky signed a two year deal last season, but with Greg Schiano making comments about competition at the quarterback position, many people (myself included) believe there will be a new guy backing up Freeman in 2013.
Normally I’d like to see the Bucs attempt to add through the draft. But with this year’s sub-par QB draft class, you may not have a worthy backup available with a pick worth spending on a quarterback to sit on the bench all season. So Mark Dominik must look to add through free agency or trade.
The goal when looking at potential backups for Freeman is to find someone who you trust to come into the game and not be terrible. It’s not to find someone who can come in and lead a team from down 14 to a victory. Names linked to the Buccaneers are Matt Cassel, Ryan Mallett, and David Carr, and any of the three of these would fit the mold. But the Bucs cannot break the bank, that’s the trick.
Backup QB is like an insurance policy. You want to be covered, but you don’t want it to cost more than it’s worth. If the guy never plays, you wish you paid really little. If he has to play, you wish you paid a lot more. It’s a tough balancing act, but one that could be critical to a contending team. Hopefully Dominik spends enough time thinking about the right insurance policy, cause if he doesn’t we could be set up for a disaster. It’s only bad luck if you are unprepared.
What backup would you like to see in town as insurance for Josh Freeman? Let us know in the comments below.