'Niners praying Garcia's back holds up

Updated: August 13, 2003, 11:00 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
If you asked the people in Carolina, St. Louis and Pittsburgh, they'll tell you how important it is to have a quality backup quarterback on the roster. By quality, I mean someone who can play large chunks of the season while the offense suffers no drop off.

Granted, it's a bit of a pipe dream for every team to have a Rodney Peete, Marc Bulger or Tommy Maddox, especially in a time when the salary cap has crippled a team's ability to hoard depth. But without one, an injury to a starter can cripple a team's playoff chances. Just ask the Miami Dolphins, who lost Jay Fiedler for six weeks, and in turn lost their chance to reach the postseason.


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