The Quarterbacks on this list all had obstacles last year that kept them from achieving the success they are capable of.
They are all household names, but players that either underachieved due to injuries, both to themselves or to their team, or just the obstacles that get in the way of many athletes, such as nerves and immaturity.
Overall, you shouldn't be too surprised with the man that tops this list.
While David Garrard was healthy last year, his team was not.
He went the entire campaign without a legitimate #1 reciever, as well as a reasonable offensive line. This caused him to be sacked 42 times, 3rd most in the NFL. The Jags addressed this issue in the draft, taking Eugene Monroe with the #8 pick.
Health will be the main factor that Garrard will have a better 2009, as well as the help of wide reciever Terry Holt, who will be the #1 option. With Fred Taylor gone, Maurice Jones-Drew will be carrying the ball, and his recieving skills will also help Garrard's stats.
Look for improvements across the board.
This one has nothing to do with stats, regualar season, who's out, who's in. This is simply Tony Romo stepping up and proving all the doubters wrong.
He has put together some great seasons as of late, but always chokes when the Cowboys are playing for thier season in the playoffs. I see this finally changing this year.
While they lost their #1 wide reciever in T.O., this allows Romo no excuse but to deliver. This is his time to truly shine, now that he is out of T.O.s shadow.
Expect another great season and a playoff victory or two.
Matt Hasselback had an injury riddled year. He had back problems, knee problems, head problems, etc etc. With all these injuries he barely saw the field and his team suffered.
This year though should be different. Assuming he fully recovers, he not only is one of the top quarterbacks in the league, he now has T.J. Houshmandzadeh to throw to. T.J. is one of the best in the league, and is able to carry a team with his consistancy.
This should help Hasselback regroup after last year and maybe get the Seahawks back into contention.
Last year Carson Palmer only played in 4 games, and as you might expect the Bengals played terribly without him.
He had a sore elbow for all of the year, and elected not to undergo Tommy John surgery, instead choosing rehab. In March he declared he was again healthy.
Carson Palmer is arguably a top 5 quarterback in this league, so his return will no doubt lead to some success for the Bengals. While he is losing his best reciever in T.J, he still has Chad Ochocinco (I still cant believed he changed his name).
Hopefully they will both bounce back with productive seasons.
Was there really any doubt? Tom Brady had a heart breaking year last year, with his season ending in the first quarter of the first game. It appeared the Pats were going to avenge their Superbowl humiliation, and instead were written off before halftime.
As it turns out the Pats rallied behind their new QB and still had a productive year. This can only be good news for Brady, who will instill the calmness and leadership this team lacked last year at the QB position. They still have great wide recievers, and a dominate line. Now they have thier leader again.
As always, watch for New England, and Brady, to have an outstanding year.