Carr, Harrington finally have help

The latest crop of supposed top-flight gunslingers, including David Carr and Joey Harrington, must take the next step.

Updated: June 28, 2004, 9:53 AM ET
By Jeff Reynolds | Pro Football Weekly
The criteria for evaluating the career of a quarterback start with his Super Bowl credentials. Tom Brady, Jake Delhomme and Kurt Warner have them. Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick do not.

"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.