As you probably know by now, the dominant 49ers defense will have their mettle put to the test in 2012 when they square off against some of the NFL's most prolific passers, including all three of the quarterbacks who threw for over 5,000 yards in 2011 and the guy who set the NFL record for QB rating (Aaron Rodgers, 122.5).
But which one of these elite signal-callers will serve as the toughest assignment on the schedule? And how do the rest stack up against the vaunted 49ers D?
While defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is busy preparing the troops for their Week 1 battle against Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, I've prepared a power-ranking system that will order every QB the 49ers face in 2012 from least to most threatening.
Why? Because everybody loves power rankings—especially us football fans.
- This list is comprised of the projected starters that the 49ers will face in the upcoming season, but I've additionally listed any QB playing for a future opponent that is currently battling for the starting spot. For example, Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson are all included in the rankings because the Seahawks have a three-way position battle underway in camp.
- These rankings do not compare QBs by what they've accomplished throughout their careers, but assess how much of a potential threat they are to the 49ers success, given their individual abilities and the weapons they have at their disposal. In other words, if Tom Brady were to be listed as No. 1 (potential spoiler?), he would be there because he's currently the most dangerous signal-caller SF faces this year—not because he's won the most Super Bowls.
Let the rankings begin!