Quarterback in the National Football League is arguably the single-most difficult and pressure-filled position in team sports. And there is no spot on any roster whose yearlong performance has more of a direct impact on a team's seasonal win-loss fortunes; this includes goalie in hockey and starting pitcher in baseball.
As the 2012 NFL preseason draws nearer, I take a look at each team's quarterback situation and render a letter grade. The grade will be subjective in its formulation, there will be no rating system that points directly to a result, but will reflect a scaled comparative opinion.
Its composition will be a combination of my own thoughts based on NFL games in which I have seen the players in question, statistical analysis to keep me honest on some evaluations and remind me on others, along with the projection of what I expect we will see this coming fall.
Each slide will cover one of the eight divisions and will list each team, complete with its current top-three depth chart at quarterback along with the organization's grade. I will then add summary comments on each division to elaborate, defend, criticize or otherwise report further on different teams' particular situation.