Titan Sized Takes: Quarterback Quandry

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1. Kevin Kolb (Currently a Philadelphia Eagle)
Pros: Kolb is a mobile passer, with a big arm, and distributes the ball well around the field. He is an ideal match for the Titans, because he is ready to play now and has plenty of future potential.
Cons: The Eagles will probably start their asking price at 2 first round picks. This high price will probably be out of the Titan’s range, especially given the risk that he may not be THE answer.

2. Donovan McNabb (Currently a Washington Redskin)
Pros: McNabb still has the ability to escape and create plays with his legs, while contributing valuable leadership. His contract situation will probably leave him available to be signed.
Cons: McNabb ‘s brilliant career is on the decline and he has a hard time staying healthy for an entire season. Each of these factors are pretty detractors for the kind of passer the Titans need.

3. Carson Palmer (Currently a Cincinnati Bengal)
Pros: A change of scenery and game manager role could rejuvenate this potent veteran’s career. He also has some mileage left and could buy the Titans enough time to find their guy in the draft.
Cons: The Bengals will not allow Palmer to walk away cheap, if at all. Palmer is a tried-and-true pocket passer, sometimes leading to statuesque scanning of the field.

4. Rusty Smith (Currently 2nd on the Titan depth chart)
Pros: The Titans already have him on the roster and he is familiar with the offense playbook. He too has a great arm and plenty of years to improve his vision.
Cons: Unfortunately, he looked shell-shocked in his only start last season (against one of the worst secondaries in history). His attitude appears unteachable and petulant.

5. Blaine Gabbert (Currently Titan’s best draft option)
Pros: Gabbert is currently the top rated quarterback entering the 2011 draft and (combine numbers pending) has all the physical characteristics of an NFL passer.
Cons: His predecessor, Chase Daniel, had better numbers at Missouri and went undrafted to the New Orleans Saints. Gabbert could be another Rusty Smith, not ready for the NFL.

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