The first two games in the NFL Saturday Football lineup saw four replacement quarterbacks step in. Instead of Joe Burrow, Kirk Cousins, Anthony Richardson, and Kenny Pickett, we had Jake Browning, Nick Mullens, Gardner Minshew, and Mitch Trubisky. Thank goodness for Jared Goff and Russell Wilson in the night game, or there would have been absolutely no reason to watch professional football – and I dare not speak that aloud.
Acknowledging that the product is diminished is equivalent to giving up any influence when called upon to carry out activities unrelated to football during game season. There are significant fantasy implications at stake: how am I supposed to spread holiday cheer when I feel like throwing my phone at the next fragile object?
Never mind that Denver got thrashed by Detroit, 42-17, quarterbacks I’ve barely heard of were playing. That’s more than a football fan could ask for.