Carolina – While technically not a change of quarterback, top draft pick Cam Newton was thrown out in Week 1 as the Panthers' starter and lit up the NFL for more than 800 passing yards in his first two games. While the Panthers are 1-5 like the Vikings, there is excitement in the air that the franchise had turned a corner with a long-term quarterback.
Cincinnati – The Bengals claimed they were willing to wait and develop Andy Dalton. That was until Bruce Gradkowski forced the franchise's hand after he stunk up the joint in Week 1. Dalton replaced him and the team hasn't looked back – gaining such complete franchise confidence that it felt comfortable making a "blind squirrel finds acorn" trade – getting an improbable bonanza of high draft picks from the Raiders for exiled QB Carson Palmer. The Bengals are paving the road to their future with Dalton and, from their perspective, he has exceeded expectations.
Denver – All the Broncos did was encourage billboard sponsors to create their own QB controversies, as a fan-inspired ascent of Chosen One Tim Tebow has sent Kyle Orton out to pasture in Colorado. The move curiously coincides with Tebow being honored with his Florida Gators championship teammates in the Miami stadium in which he will be playing Sunday.
Indianapolis – The best thing that happened to Kerry Collins was that he got a concussion. Coming back from retirement, the Collins-led Colts offense had all the killing power of a cap gun. When he went down, appropriately named backup Curtis Painter (who looks like an adult version of the kid on the Dutch Boy paint can) took over and has helped wheeze the Colts closer and closer to a potential Manning-Luck showdown.
Jacksonville – The Jaguars hoped to shelter rookie Blaine Gabbert, but when Josh McCown became Josh McClown with a pee-wee passer rating of 30.6 in two games, the white flag of surrender was thrown and Gabbert began his career as their starter.
Miami – Another team expected to be deep in the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes thought Chad Henne would keep the chair warm. But he was lost for the season due to injury. Journeyman Matt Moore took over and the team signed Sage Rosenfels. Finding a win on the Dolphins' schedule gets tougher after this week.
Oakland – They say you never lose your job due to injury. Tell that to Jason Campbell. Given the pimp's ransom the Bengals got for trading the rights to disgruntled retiree Carson Palmer, not only did Campbell lose his starting job, but, as a free agent after this season, his roster spot with the Raiders.
Philadelphia – Mike Vick has managed to start all of the Dream Team's games –two wins and four losses – but has been knocked out of three of them at some point and has turned the offense over to feeble Mike Kafka and Vince Young, whose only contribution to the team was naming it the Dream Team. Vick is still playing every week, but it seems like just a matter of time before his style takes him out of action.
Seattle – Big shocker. Tarvaris Jackson is injured. It seemed like every time Jackson did something positive as the Vikings quarterback, it was followed up by an injury setback that consistently derailed any progress he was making. After posting the first 300-yard passing game of his career, Jackson was knocked out of action and replaced by Charlie Whitehurst. There likely won't be a QB controversy when T-Jack is good to go, because it's more a case of Worse and Worser.
Washington – Bad Rex showed up in D.C. in a big way – nine interceptions and a first-class ticket to the bench for Rex Grossman, a quarterback despised by home fans more than almost anyone outside of Ryan Leaf in league history. John Beck may not be the answer, but he's not Rex, which may be enough to appease Redskins fans.
Vikings fans might feel like they have the only team with a quarterback question, but through little more than one third of the season, one third of the teams have had QB questions of their own that they didn't envision when training camps opened following the lockout. More are sure to follow and will likely be as big a reason why teams fall to the wayside as any other. At this rate, it could be a battle of attrition for teams looking to compete for the Super Bowl.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.