These five will forever be linked and here I rank how I think they will do next season:
1. Robert Griffin III
Now, yes, I am a die-hard Redskins fan but that's not the only reason I think Robert will have the best year. The reigning rookie of the year has one of the strongest arms in the league, he's the fastest quarterback in the league and his leadership abilities are apparent to all, but to me his best attribute as a quarterback is his decision making. In the 2012 regular season RGIII completed 65.6% of his passes, accounted for 27 touchdowns (running and passing) and 7 turnovers (only 5 interceptions). For a veteran quarterback that's a great year for a rookie quarterback it's phenomenal. The salary cap penalty stopped the Redskins from being the usual players they would be in free agency but aside for the loss of Lorenzo Alexander and Madieu Williams, they're returning the same team that won the NFC East last season. Health is key for Griffin, but if he can stay healthy not only is he the most dynamic and explosive year 2 QB but he's a potential league MVP.
2. Russell Wilson
I think Russell Wilson is incredible. He won his starting job over a guy they paid, he got his team to the playoffs, and he completed 64.1% of his passes, accounted for 30 touchdowns and only 13 turnovers (10 interceptions) during the regular season. Not only that but the Seahawks have gone out and gotten Percy Harvin, who should be an immediate difference maker on what was already a pretty good offense. Much like RGIII he makes great decisions and considering how he avoids injury some might argue he's a better decision maker. He should have the Seahawks in the playoffs again and have another really good year.
3. Andrew Luck
Now I'm not a scout, an ex-player or a coach but I've had a problem for a while with the view that Andrew Luck is the unquestioned best QB of the 2012 draft class. I have one major piece of evidence to offer that in my opinion its clear Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are better, its decision making. I've already told you how many touchdowns and turnovers RGIII and Russell Wilson accounted for, Luck completed 54.1% of his passes, accounted for 28 touchdowns with 23 turnovers (18 interceptions). That's a significantly lower completion percentage and a much higher turnover rate than Griffin III or Wilson. Now I'm not saying he's not a good quarterback or even a very good quarterback but his job is to get touchdowns AND take care of the ball, and to me Griffin III and Wilson are obviously better at that. That being said I still think Luck will have a good year, he's got a great arm, good mobility, a high football IQ and he doesn't panic under pressure. Also the Colts have added some decent free agents but I wouldn't be surprised if he really misses last year's coach of the year Bruce Arians and struggles a little.
4. Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill is my sleeper pick. He had an up and down year last year as he led Miami to a 7 - 9 record with 14 touchdowns and 18 turnovers. The thing about Tannehill is he's got some real potential, a great arm, good mobility and speed, and his college coach is his offensive coordinator so he's basically been in a version of the same offense for the last 3 to 4 years. Not only that but theDolphins brought back Brian Hartline, added Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller,Brandon Gibson and improved the defense with Danelle Ellerbe and Brent Grimes. I actually think Tannehill could have a better season than Luck but the Dolphins have a lot of new parts and I'm still waiting for them to prove they can compete in the AFC East.
5. Brandon Weeden
(Sigh) Look no offense to any Cleveland Brown fans who may happen to read this but when I see Brandon Weeden I see a backup quarterback. His numbers are comparable to Tannehill's but to me he doesn't have any of the upside, he accounted for 14 touchdowns (all in the air) and 17 turnovers (14 interceptions). I think his arm is decent, but that's about it, he doesn't move in the pocket well, doesn't make great decisions (he looks confused to me) and, ahem, he's 29. In his second year. If he had been as good as RG3, Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck his first year then maybe just maybe you could justify the Browns decision to draft him but even then he' still 29. As fans we don't know as much as guys who played and coached the game but come on, that's crazy, spending a 1st rounder on a 28 year old? Look the Browns have gotten better in free agency and they may even be better next year but if they are (in my opinion) Weeden won't be the reason.
I have to put in an honorable mention for Kirk Cousins and Nick Foles. Neither made my list because well, neither is projected as a starter for their respective teams. That being said I do think they deserve to be in the mix and if either were a starter somewhere I'd rank them ahead of Brandon Weeden. Kirk Cousins is in a really interesting situation, he is going to get every snap in the off-season and he's already proven he can win in this league. He's got a good arm, moves well in the pocket, and a high football IQ as well as real good leadership qualities. He will get a chance to be a starter, his problem is that it won't be in Washington and all indications point to the Redskins holding on to Cousins for at least one more year. Nick Foles is also interesting, he's big, got a strong arm, and is behind a guy who has been oft-injured. He could get in a game this year and considering how much younger he is than Michael Vick, if he plays well why would Chip Kelly take him out? Of course I don't think he fits Kelly's offense but then again we don't know what Chip Kelly's pro offense will even look like, so what do I know?
Well that's what I think, what do you guys think?
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