With the self-proclaimed Philadelphia “Dream Team” coming to St. Louis on Sunday, Steve Spagnuolo and the Rams prepare for the season opener on Sept. 11 against the Eagles. Spagnuolo put his thumbprint on the 53-man roster, having final say, after a lot of input from both coaches and scouts.
What was interesting and has become the trend of the NFL is carrying just two quarterbacks on the roster. For me, well I’m an old-school personnel man that continues to learn and pride myself on the digital innovation as it pertains to football both collegiately and professionally and the creativity of coaches from an X & O point of view. As we know,the NFL is like all other professional leagues. They are copycat leagues. If it works for them, it will probably work for us. I’m open to all football changes except when it comes to two quarterbacks on a roster and no quarterbacks on your practice squad. If it works, and teams don’t even get to the second quarterback, the coaches and general managers look like geniuses.
The other half of the league looks at the formation of the roster analysis like I do and carries three quarterbacks. They think it’s better to be safe than sorry. Trying to find a quarterback on the street in the middle of the season, have that player learn the terminology, gather the timing and anticipation with the other 10 players in the huddle and then steer your team to the playoffs doesn’t happen very often, if at all.
Having worked in the NFL for two different organizations (11 years as a front-office executive), I understand and respect the decisions of general managers and coaches when forming or building a championship foundation. There are different thought patterns within a philosophy of building a team and there are no wrong answers, just what ifs.
I will track this trend based off the opening-day rosters throughout the season and take a look at clubs with two quarterbacks vs. three and the success of those teams when it came to quarterback play from the backups.