First-year starting quarterbacks stole the 2012 NFL season by putting up unprecedented stats and leading their teams to stunning success. But what will they do for an encore?
Can the most celebrated quarterbacks class since 1983 and their two older comrades match their numbers in their second year as starters? That's what I'm here to decipher.
As you wade through the numbers, one continuing trend will become apparent.
You'll notice that rushing stats are down almost across the board. The read-option will still be used by many teams, but defensive coordinators have had an entire offseason to perfect their counter. Defenses will be much better suited to prevent the latest trend from putting up the same numbers.
Additionally, and more importantly, head coaches are well aware that their job security often rests on the health of their quarterbacks. That's why, as signal-callers develop, they tend to rush less and find the outlet pass more. It's evolution.
But enough with the preamble, let's get down to it.