Why the backup QB job doesn’t matter
As mentioned before, the backup quarterback position may be the most popular position on the team. The problem is, it’s not the position that has the most success if they are thrust into action.
For every Matt Cassel or Jimmy Garoppolo, there’s a Scott Mitchell or Matt Flynn who doesn’t turn out to be much once they get the opportunity. If you look around at the current landscape of the NFL, there aren’t many backup quarterbacks that are qualified to start and if you answered Teddy Bridgewater or Josh Rosen, that might be because they were recent first-round picks.
In a perfect world, the Vikings are going to want the quarterback that gives them the best chance to pull out a win in case Kirk Cousins goes down with an injury. In reality, whoever steps into Cousins’ shoes may not have the talent to succeed.
Love him or hate him, Cousins was a quarterback that threw for over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last season. Even if Sloter is the football god he’s made out to be or Mannion does more than fetch a good cup of coffee for Kubiak, it’s unlikely they’re going to have the same result that Cousins will have in this offense.
Alas, we do find ourselves in the third preseason game and as Minnesota probably continues to be even more cautious with their starters, discussing and focusing on who will carry the golden clipboard seems like a fair thing to do until the games count.