A week ago, Baylor had zero starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
On Sunday, the Bears will have two for the first time in school history.
Bryce Petty will replace the benched Ryan Fitzpatrick for the New York Jets. Sunday, he'll make his second career start after coach Todd Bowles said the job is Petty's for the rest of the season. In Cleveland, Robert Griffin III will reclaim his starting spot on the Browns' ever-rotating quarterback carousel of frustration and futility. He'll be returning from a shoulder injury he suffered in the Browns' opener and resume his campaign to revive a once-promising career derailed by injuries and bickering with coaches and the front office in Washington.
Cal -- with Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Los Angeles' Jared Goff -- is the only other school this year with more than one of the 32 most exclusive, prestigious jobs in all of sports. That only happened two weeks ago when Goff, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, finally assumed the starting role over a struggling Case Keenum.
Two starters from one school in a season is relatively rare, but only a few schools have had more NFL starters at one time.
2009: USC (4)
- Carson Palmer, Cincinnati. The ageless wonder was in Year 6 of a seven-year run with the Bengals. He threw 21 touchdowns and 13 picks while leading Cincinnati to a 10-6 record. Nine of his scores went to the artist formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, who notched his seventh and final 1,000-yard receiving season.
- Matt Cassel, Kansas City. Cassel parlayed a season as New England's starting quarterback in 2008 (thanks to a Tom Brady knee injury) into a six-year, $63 million deal with Kansas City, with $28 million in guaranteed cash. Despite never starting a game at USC behind Palmer and Matt Leinart, Cassel was drafted in the seventh round in 2005 and became the first quarterback in history to start an NFL game without a single start in college. Cassel went 10-5 as a starter that season, completing 55 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Coincidentally, one of Cassel's new teammates was Bernard Pollard, whose low hit on Brady in Week 1 ended the two-time MVP's season and cleared the way for Cassel to become a very, very rich man instead of just a career backup. However, the Chiefs released Cassel after a 2012 season marred by an injury and 14 turnovers in his first five games.
- Mark Sanchez, New York Jets. Three years before the Butt Fumble, Sanchez was a rookie who struggled with 12 touchdowns and 20 picks while completing just 53.8 percent of his passes, but the Jets went 9-7 and made the playoffs in coach Rex Ryan's first season.
- Matt Leinart, Arizona. He played in eight games as a backup behind Kurt Warner for the Cardinals, but he started in a Week 12 come-from-ahead loss to Tennessee. Leinart completed 21-of-31 passes for 220 yards in the 17th of his 18 career starts.
2004: Michigan (4)
- Tom Brady, New England. Brady coasted through a second consecutive 14-2 season, throwing 28 touchdowns and 14 picks on the way to the Super Bowl, where he threw two scores in a 24-21 win over Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens' Philadelphia Eagles.
- Brian Griese, Tampa Bay. At 29 years old and on his third team, Griese started 10 games for the Buccaneers, throwing 20 touchdowns and 12 picks.
- Drew Henson, Dallas. Yes, the MLB third-round Draft pick and NFL sixth-round pick in 2003 did start exactly one NFL game. On Thanksgiving, Bill Parcells went with Henson, a one-time co-starter with Brady in Ann Arbor, over Vinny Testaverde. The 41-year-old started the other 15 games in 2004 but missed practice during the short week with a sore shoulder. Henson was benched at halftime for Testaverde after completing 4-of-12 passes for 31 yards and a pick-six, providing Chicago's only points of the day. What the game lacked in offensive competence it possessed in punts: There were 19 that day in one of the worst games in NFL history.
- John Navarre, Arizona. The rookie seventh-round pick appeared in just five career games, but he threw one TD and four scores in his lone career start against the Lions. He completed just 18-of-40 passes, and you already know the 4-12 Cardinals lost the game. The Wolverines almost had five players on this list. Todd Collins, who started 21 career games, was in the league but appeared in only two games as a backup for Kansas City and didn't make a start that season.
1993: Miami (4)
- Jim Kelly, Buffalo. Kelly started all 160 games he appeared in during his 11-year career spent entirely in Buffalo. In 1993, he threw 18 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while the Bills went 12-4 and had a postseason so famous they made a "30 for 30" about it. Who can remember how all that went, though?
- Bernie Kosar, Cleveland/Dallas. Before Bill Belichick was The Hooded Wizard of Foxboro, he was a 41-year-old head coach in the middle of his third consecutive losing season with the Browns. Belichick benched Kosar after five games, After an injury to Vinny Testaverde, Kosar started one more loss for the Browns. The team released him after the loss, but he found a home in Dallas, filling in for an injured Troy Aikman in a 27-14 loss to Atlanta later that season.
- Vinny Testaverde, Cleveland. He played until he was 44, but in 1993, Testaverde was a 30-year-old who started six games for the Browns under Belichick. He went 3-3 and threw 14 TDs and nine interceptions after taking over for Kosar.
- Craig Erickson, Tampa Bay. Erickson was only a two-year, full-time starter in the NFL, but he threw 18 TDs and 21 picks as Tampa Bay went 5-10 in his 15 starts.
2011: Purdue (3)
- Drew Brees, New Orleans. Brees enjoyed his best year in what's become a decade-long run as one of the NFL's best passers. In 2011, he threw 46 touchdowns and 14 picks and led the Saints to a 13-3 season.
- Kyle Orton, Denver/Kansas City. Orton won the starting job in preseason camp, but he got benched after a 1-4 start for someone named Tim Tebow. He never took another snap in Denver, who waived him in November. Kansas City picked him up, and he started three games for the Chiefs later that season, going 2-1.
- Curtis Painter, Indianapolis. With Peyton Manning sidelined after neck surgery (and supposedly ready to be put out to pasture) the Colts fully embraced the "Suck For Luck" campaign. As such, it's impossible to classify Painter's 0-8 record and nine interceptions with six TDs as anything other than a success. The Colts' other two quarterbacks that season: Dan "I Had The Most Embarrassing Safety in NFL History" Orlovsky and 39-year-old Kerry Collins.
1993 and 1994: Notre Dame (3)
- Joe Montana, Kansas City: The final act of Montana's career in Kansas City was a two-year run that featured three Irish starters in the NFL. Montana went 17-8 in his final two seasons in the league, with a combined 29 touchdowns and 16 picks, completing at least 60 percent of his passes in both years.
- Steve Beuerlein, Phoenix/Arizona: Beuerlein made 21 of his 102 career starts in 1993 and 1994. He was benched after a 2-6 start in 1993, but won his job back from Chris Chandler after two games. He helped the Cardinals win four of their last final five games and threw for 3,164 yards, but coach Joe Bugel was fired after the season. New coach Buddy Ryan benched Beuerlein after and 0-2 start, but he re-earned his job to push the Cardinals to an 8-8 season. Ryan likely did not receive the Beuerlein family Christmas card that year after calling him a "cancer" and "one of the worst quarterbacks he had ever seen."
- Rick Mirer, Seattle: The Irish rookie was drafted No. 2 overall and started all 16 games in Year 1, setting the then-rookie record with 2,833 yards, but threw 17 interceptions to 12 scores. Turnovers were always an issue. He started three more seasons for the Seahawks, but he threw seven more picks than touchdowns in each of his final two years.
1991: Maryland (3)
- Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati. This season was the beginning of the end of a successful run with the Bengals for Esiason that included an MVP in 1988. The 1991 season was Esiason's first as a full-time starter that he didn't surpass 3,000 yards, and he threw 16 interceptions and just 13 scores.
- Neil O'Donnell, Pittsburgh. O'Donnell was a rookie just beginning a five-year run with the Steelers that featured four consecutive seasons with at least nine wins and culminating with an AFC title in 1995. O'Donnell threw for 11 TDs and seven INTs with 1,963 yards in eight starts.
- Frank Reich, Buffalo. Reich backed up Jim Kelly and threw six TDs in 41 attempts on the season, starting a loss in the regular-season finale.
2013 and 2014: North Carolina State (3)
- Philip Rivers, San Diego. Rivers was the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013, but it was mostly business as usual for what's become a great 13-year run with the Chargers. He topped 4,200 yards in both seasons and completed a career-high 69.5 percent of his passes in 2013.
- Russell Wilson, Seattle. Wilson could fall under either Wisconsin or NC State, but for our purposes, we'll throw the Wolfpack a bone. Wilson was a pioneer for undersized, non-traditional passers, winning a Super Bowl in 2013 and returning to the game in 2014. He was also the Rookie of the Year in 2012. He combined to throw 46 touchdowns and 19 picks in 2013 and 2014, topping 3,300 passing yards in both seasons.
- Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay. Glennon kept Jameis Winston's seat warm until the ex-Seminole arrived with the Buccaneers. Glennon, who joined Merton Hanks as the lone half giraffes in NFL history, threw 29 touchdowns and 15 picks in his two-year run.
Almost doesn't count: BYU.
The Cougars almost had four starters in the NFL at once, but the overlapping careers of Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Ty Detmer and Marc Wilson never quite synced up to let it happen. The Cougars never had more than two starters in a single season.