Carr, Harrington finally have help
The latest crop of supposed top-flight gunslingers, including David Carr and Joey Harrington, must take the next step.
"That's the way the position is judged," said Paul Hackett, Jets offensive coordinator and one-time Joe Montana instructor. "Until you've done that, it's a moot point."
Lately, the echelon of quarterbacks from whom the most is expected -- those selected in the first round -- has taken a backseat to the Bradys, Delhommes and Warners of the league. Not since the 2000 season, when retread first-round picks Kerry Collins and Trent Dilfer were part of the Giants-Ravens epic, has a quarterback selected in the first round played in the Super Bowl. Somewhere between the private workouts and the multimillion-dollar signing bonuses, the history-rich QB position has turned into a launching pad for Cinderella stories.