Fantasy football owners lamenting the inferior performances of quarterbacks J.P. Losman, Joey Harrington and David Carr, take heart. You have plenty of company.
It's not only fantasy owners forced to start those quarterbacks who feel the sting of incompletions, interceptions and sacks. Owners who drafted their talented teammates are suffering the fallout as well.
"You have to make a decision at some point," the Bills' Eric Moulds told reporters after last week's 19-7 loss to the Saints. "Do you put J.P. in and let him learn, or do you put [backup] Kelly [Holcomb] in as the starter and see what happens? Hopefully, they make that decision and make it easier on a lot of us."
For the love of Sid Gillman and Don Coryell, please help preserve the sanctity of the forward pass by benching Losman. Have some mercy on fantasy owners who took a chance on wide receivers Moulds and Lee Evans, both victims of inefficient quarterback play.
In Detroit, don't think for a moment that Lions Coach Steve Mariucci isn't counting the days until injured Jeff Garcia is cleared to play. Harrington has a 57.3 rating this season and has one pass of 40 yards or longer. That's no way to feature skilled wide receivers Roy Williams and Mike Williams. Tailback Kevin Jones has been going nowhere because defenses, with little fear of surrendering the deep ball, are geared to stop the run.
Texans running back Domanick Davis must be sick and tired of the same treatment. Wide receiver Andre Johnson, coming off a season in which he had 1,142 receiving yards, has 76 yards in three games. Carr, part of the draft class of 2002 with Harrington, may have the best excuse among the trio of underperforming quarterbacks. He has been sacked a league-high 20 times. It's punishment fantasy owners are absorbing too.
Around the League
The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff informed No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith he would replace Tim Rattay as their starting quarterback this week. . . .
The Jets will start Vinny Testaverde, who was signed last week after quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler were lost to shoulder injuries. Brooks Bollinger made his first NFL start last Sunday in Baltimore, but the Jets managed only 152 yards of offense in a 13-3 loss to the Ravens. Bollinger completed 14 of 28 passes for 149 yards and was sacked five times. . . .
The Pittsburgh Steelers likely will have their full complement of tailbacks available for Monday night's game at San Diego. Willie Parker likely will remain the starter, but Coach Bill Cowher probably will look for opportunities in the coming weeks to work Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis back into the mix. It could be difficult, however, for Cowher to find spots for all three on the active game-day roster.
Staff writer Mark Maske contributed to this report.