Brady, P. Manning, Romo
Brady is coming off an NFL record 50 touchdown passes, breaking Manning’s record of 49 set back in 2004.
Romo threw for 36 scores and could be even better in his second season with mastermind offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s system. Manning will miss most of the preseason and while his timing may be a little off when he returns, he’s too good to let it hinder his production for long. Given their offensive situations, any of these guys could throw for 40 touchdowns this year and are the most likely to pass for at least 30 scores.
Brees, Palmer, Roethlisberger, Hasselbeck
Drew Brees is the leader of an exciting pass-first offense in
McNabb, Bulger, Favre
This tier features quarterbacks with the potential to perform very well this season. Of these guys, McNabb and Bulger are two who could easily outperform this tier if they stay healthy. Cutler will miss
Warner, Kitna, Young, Rodgers
The signal callers in this tier are the hardest to get a handle on because they either haven’t performed at a consistent level, have unproven receivers or are coming off injuries. Manning is the most obvious choice to build on last season’s success if he can become more consistent. I like Delhomme to stay healthy and re-establish the dangerous passing offense that was largely absent in
Garcia, Leinart, Edwards, Jackson, Smith, Russell, Croyle,
The quarterbacks in Tier Five have sleeper potential…at least a couple of these guys could have outstanding seasons. The two that stand out are Jason Campbell,
who will have plenty of opportunities in new head coach Jim Zorn’s west coast offense and the eventual Jets starter, be it Kellen Clemens or Chad Pennington.
That quarterback will have the luxury of utilizing a fine receiving corps made up of Coles, Cotchery, Keller/Franks and Leon Washington. Tarvaris Jackson could be a nice sleeper (depending what happens with Favre) because with ADP toting the rock, there will be plenty of opportunities for big plays in the passing game.
The quarterbacks in this tier will be challenged to throw for more than 20 touchdowns.
No disrespect to the Chicago Bears’ tandem of Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton.
– Everyone would like to grab one of the Tier One quarterbacks but at what price? They will likely cost a 1st or 2nd round pick and, depending on the scoring system, greater value may be had later. Any passer from the first three tiers is a weekly starter. Quarterbacks starting in Tier Four are less reliable starters either due to their offensive system, lack of consistency or opportunity. Ideally, those field generals should be taken as backups.