In a pass happy league these days, the AFC North still doesn’t quite revolve around their quarterbacks, they still love to run the ball, be very stingy on defense (all four teams finished in the top 10 in total defense last season), and focus primarily on protecting the football. Over recent years, the AFC North has had to change pace to rely on these quarterbacks more often which is why it has become more important to have a player under center who can make all the throws.
I’m sure every fan of each team in the AFC North has their own perspective on who should be ranked as the best quarterback in the division. But based on the rankings on the statistical categories mentioned in this article, I have come up with this order for AFC North quarterbacks:
2. Andy Dalton
3. Joe Flacco
4. Brandon Weeden
Again, I realize that not everyone is going to agree with me on this, most likely some Bengals fans will not. It was tough to rank some of these quarterbacks as they were very similar in certain statistical categories, and the second and third spots between Dalton and Flacco were almost interchangeable. I can guarantee that these rankings will most likely shift during the regular season, and we can revisit this subject then. But for right now, during the OTA’s, I feel that this is a solid assessment. Let me know if you agree or disagree by sounding off on the message board below.