Assessing the Dependability of Every NFL Starting QB

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Assessing the Dependability of Every NFL Starting QB
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Tony Romo and Eli Manning appear ready for a full season. What about your team's quarterback?

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A NFL quarterback can gain a reputation based on how dependable he is each season. Some players can be counted on to start each week, while others are practically a lock for a few missed starts every season.

Some will earn the dreaded “injury-prone” tag if that persists.

Beyond injuries, you always have a group of teams trying to find a legit quarterback, which often means a player will be benched after an unsuccessful stint. They may regain the job again at some point, but they are not reliable starters.

The following is a look at each team’s projected starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2012 season.

We will look at their origin story of how and when they became a starter in the NFL. Each quarterback has a number of missed starts in his career, broken down by type, and this is based only on games since he first became a starter.

From there, a start percentage is given, which can be tricky for the players that have fluctuated from starter to backup. A summary of the missed starts will provide the context of their dependability.

Finally, the concerns for what could go wrong in 2012 for that quarterback.

A general rule of thumb: The longer the write-up for the quarterback, the more concerned you should be about their 16-game prospects.

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