Jan 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) talks to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after their 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
This preseason positional ranking series will focus on the AFC North, looking at each position and where each team stands in comparison with its rivals. We’ll start out this series by looking at the AFC North’s quarterbacks.
Most football fans would agree that quarterback is the most important position in the sport. Quarterbacks are responsible for directing the offense, acting as team leaders and making smart decisions under pressure, while limiting mistakes. Quarterbacks are generally the face of their respective franchises, and that is definitely the case when considering the quarterbacks in the AFC North.
Three of the AFC North’s four quarterbacks led their respective teams to the playoffs in 2014, and each quarterback has started every game in each of the past two seasons. In fact, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton have never missed starts for their respective teams, while Ben Roethlisberger has only missed 17 starts in his 11 years pro. Cleveland’s quarterbacks, on the other hand, have started two combined games for the Browns and have a lot to prove come 2015.
Let’s take a look at each of the division’s four starting quarterbacks looking to guide their respective teams to the playoffs, as well as their backups who will likely spend the season on the bench.