New England Patriots: Full Position Breakdown and Analysis at Quarterback

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New England Patriots: Full Position Breakdown and Analysis at Quarterback
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What questions do the Pats face at QB in 2014?

If the quarterback represents a team's foundation, then the New England Patriots have enjoyed a steadier base than any NFL team over the past decade. 

Tom Brady's presence has been the one constant in the Patriots' success since 2001.  The Patriots have taken liberties with his supporting cast, cutting ties with the likes of Deion Branch, Randy Moss and Wes Welker when their asking prices rose too high. 

New England is able to take a harder stance knowing that Brady provides the ultimate insurance, as the Pats have consistently ranked among the best offenses, despite shifting personnel and often lesser talent.

Headed into 2014, the outlook remains prosperous at the position.  Bleacher Report's Matt Miller recently ranked the Patriots as possessing the best quarterback situation in the entire league.  Between Brady and a pair of promising young prospects in Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo, New England has taken no chances at the game's most vital position.

But how long will the good times last?  Brady is entering his age-37 season, while Mallett and Garoppolo remain unknowns, albeit ones with intriguing tools.  For fans accustomed to quarterback brilliance, however, uncertainty is a frightening proposition.

The Patriots' 2014 quarterback depth chart is virtually set in stone at this point.  Nevertheless, that does not mean the Pats do not face present and future questions.  Let's take a deeper look at each quarterback, as well as the most critical questions facing the team at the position.

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