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IT’S MUSICAL CHAIRS TIME FOR NFL QUARTERBACKS

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There are 18 teams already with new "quarterback situations" for 1994. There will be at least nine with new starters, others with new backups. The most stable team at the position remains the Buffalo Bills, with Jim Kelly and Frank Reich.

In the NFC, winners of the last 10 Super Bowls, 11 of the 14 teams already have changed starters, backups or both. Two others expect change, which would leave only the Philadelphia Eagles with Randall Cunningham and Bubby Brister similar to last season. And Cunningham is coming off injury.New starters:

-Washington: John Friesz arrives from San Diego to serve as the interim until top draft choice Heath Shuler is ready. Mark Rypien is gone, Rich Gannon forgotten.

-Detroit: Scott Mitchell got a $5 million bonus to be ready for his first full NFL season. If he succeeds, there will be a line to sign up for the new World League of American Football starting next spring in Europe. Mitchell is a World League product with only seven starts under his NFL belt.

-Chicago: Erik Kramer takes over the 28th-ranked offense and the 28th-ranked passing attack, a can't-lose proposition.

-Minnesota: Warren Moon won't have Houston's high-powered run-and-shoot attack, but at least he will have tight ends and running backs to protect his 37-year-old body.

-New Orleans: Jim Everett needed a change of scenery, and the Saints remember him having good days against them when he was with the Rams.

-Atlanta: Jeff George would have been the Falcons' No. 1 pick in 1990 had the Colts not offered Chris Hinton, Andre Rison and two No. 1s in return. Now the Falcons have George and Rison.

-Los Angeles Rams: Chris Miller scared the Falcons after two serious operations on his left knee in two years. But the Rams think he is better than Everett.

-Indianapolis: Jim Harbaugh starts over with a running back, Marshall Faulk, but not many more receivers than he had in Chicago.

-Houston: Cody Carlson gets to see what he can do without Moon getting in the way.

New backups:

-Dallas: Rodney Peete moves from unstable in Detroit to unquestioned No. 2 behind Troy Aikman.

-New York Giants: They want former No. 1 pick Dave Brown to beat out former eighth-round pick Kent Graham behind Phil Simms, who will be 38 by midseason.

-Arizona: Jim McMahon isn't signed yet, but figures to help another ex-Bear, Will Furrer, back up Steve Beuerlein.

-Washington: Shuler may not be waiting long.

-Detroit: Dave Krieg moved from certain playing time behind Joe Montana to insurance behind Mitchell.

-Bears: Steve Walsh is supposed to have a weak arm. What's that tell you about P.T. Willis?

-Minnesota: Gino Torretta and Brad Johnson vie for Moon's caddie.

-Green Bay: Will it be Mark Brunell or Ty Detmer behind Brett Favre?

-Tampa Bay: Trent Dilfer will get plenty of cheers behind Craig Erickson.

-San Francisco: Elvis Grbac's potential eases the loss of Steve Bono.

-Los Angeles Rams: T.J. Rubley isn't ready, so the Rams are looking at Chris Chandler, other vets.

-Miami: Bernie Kosar may get to play if Dan Marino's Achilles' tendon isn't healed.

-Indianapolis: Don Majkowski replaces Jack Trudeau.

-New York Jets: Trudeau was just signed to back up Boomer Esiason, so young Browning Nagle may be available.

-New England: Scott Zolak moves behind Drew Bledsoe after Scott Secules was released.

-Houston: Sean Salisbury decided he would rather back up Moon's old backup, Carlson, than Moon.

-Kansas City: Bono must like the job filling in for Montana.

-San Diego: Buffalo's third-stringer, Gale Gilbert, replaces Friesz as Stan Humphries' backup.

Still out there:

-Mark Rypien was a Super Bowl hero for the Redskins in 1991, a lifetime ago.

-Andre Ware won a Heisman Trophy in 1989. He and Charlie Ward can share stories.

Last year, 10 new quarterbacks started the season. Another, Vinny Testaverde, soon changed things in Cleveland. Of those 10, eight look like they will remain starters in 1994 - Simms, Beuerlein, Erickson, Esiason, Bledsoe, David Klingler, Jeff Hostetler and Rick Mirer. The two out of a starting job: Wade Wilson and Bobby Hebert.

The 28 teams combined to use 57 different starters in 1993. Only nine teams had quarterbacks start all 16 regular-season games.