The National Football League is a win-now sport, and a few bad weeks can cost a player his starting job. Contracts in the NFL aren’t guaranteed, so a six-year deal in football doesn’t offer the same security as it does to a major league baseball player.
Obviously, a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers—an established veteran with a Super Bowl ring and MVP trophy—can endure a rough season, and there’s no chance he will lose his job. But not so for some other quarterbacks, namely some of the league’s younger starters and those beginning new contracts.
This list ranks the quarterbacks in terms of how secure their jobs are, rating them on a scale of 1 through 10. Players that have a 10 can feel extremely confident going into the 2012 season, knowing they will be their team’s starter for 2013. Players with a 1 or a 2 are probably engaged in a tough battle right now for the starting job, and really, anything could happen.