The AFC North has always been a division based mostly on having a strong running game and a tough defense. Those ideals still hold true in the division, however, the AFC North seems to be a more quarterback driven division of late. Ben Roethlisberger continues to throw the ball more each season. Joe Flacco is no stranger to airing the ball out with his strong arm. Andy Dalton showed flashes during his rookie season when asked to throw late in games to forge one of his tremendous fourth-quarter comebacks. The Browns quarterback on 2011, Colt McCoy, was forced to throw often, but that was mainly due to a haphazard running game and his team constantly trailing in football games.
In 2012, it looks as though we will see more of the same out of these quarterbacks. The only change to this lineup is that it seems the Browns are content with naming 28 year old rookie, Brandon Weeden their starting quarterback in place of McCoy. Even though they picked up the best running back prospect in the draft in Trent Richardson, the Browns should still find themselves in the same situation of having to throw late in games to keep up with opponents.
Let’s make a comparison between all four AFC North quarterbacks over a couple different attributes that a quarterback should possess and rank them accordingly in each category. First, I will list the category, give a brief description of what it entails, and then list each quarterback in order from best to worst in that category with an explanation of why they received their ranking. Let’s get started.