Tony Romo leads the class of 2012 quarterbacks who enter the season on the hot seat.
The longtime face of the Dallas Cowboys is coming off of a season in which he was once again able to put up great numbers as the team's signal-caller, but those numbers did not translate as one would hope in the win column.
The talent-laden Cowboys went 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs—giving Romo exactly one playoff win since taking over as the team's starting quarterback in 2006.
When teams fail to meet expectations, the first two people to receive the blame are the head coach or the quarterback. Whether or not this is fair is up for debate, but the fact remains that results outweigh production for quarterbacks.
Every year, we see a handful of NFL quarterbacks begin the season on the hot seat.
Some are established starters who have been unable to take the team to the next level. Some are young starters that have been granted one more year as a starter for the team to make an evaluation of the player's long-term future.
One thing is for sure: With the constant pressure to win as soon as possible, both quarterbacks and head coaches are on shorter leashes than ever. Even one bad year can have the most established veterans feeling the pressure to fight for their job.
While the quarterbacks that comprise this year's class come from a variety of situations and prior success (or lack thereof) these are 10 quarterbacks who will need to perform well to avoid the hot seat.