NFL: Top 15 Quarterbacks for the Upcoming 2011-2012 Season

Zacharee CurtisContributor IIIJuly 21, 2011

NFL: Top 15 Quarterbacks for the Upcoming 2011-2012 Season

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    Here I will be showcasing the top 15 quarterbacks for the upcoming 2011-2012. Some will be obvious where as others may not be. This is based off of my opinion, and if you don't like who I have in my top 15, let me know who should be in it or who shouldn't be in the top 15. This list will not be based off of what the team's overall record is gonna be this season.

15. Kansas City Chiefs Matt Cassel

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    The Chiefs acquired Matt Cassel from the Patriots after Cassel went crazy in New England when Tom Brady got injured early in the season. Cassel has performed well in Kansas City. With a new offensive coordinator coming in this season it will be interesting to see whether or not they lean more towards the running game or Matt Cassel's right arm.

14. St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford

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    Coming off a really good rookie season and nearly leading the Rams to the playoffs last season, Sam Bradford looks to continue his rookie season into his second year of the NFL and lead the Rams to the playoffs. The Rams are in the same situation as the the Chiefs and Matt Cassel as the Rams have a new offensive coordinator in Josh McDaniels.

13. Chicago Bears Jay Cutler

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    Even with the way the season ended last year with Jay Cutler and the Bears, I still expect Cutler to have another good season in Chicago. Jay Cutler will be looking to put last season behind him, build on this season and lead the Bears back to the playoffs.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger

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    Big Ben led the Steelers to the Super Bowl last season against the Packers, which they lost just in case anyone forgot. Big Ben isn't the best passer or the best running QB, but he knows what he has to do to get the job done and get his team in the win column more often than not. Expect the Steelers to still let Big Ben be the man, but don't be surprised if they use more of RB Rashard Mendanhall this upcoming season. 

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Josh Freeman

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    Josh Freeman led this young Bucs offense to a winning record of 10-6 after being 3-13 in 2009. The Bucs have young good WR in Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn for Freeman to throw to and make the NFC South one of the top divisions in the NFL. 

10. Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo

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    Baring anymore injuries, Tony Romo should be right back where he was. If the offensive line can somehow improve, that will help out Romo dramatically. Romo has good weapons down there in Dallas, which is good for him and the Cowboys.

9. Houston Texans Matt Schaub

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    Matt Schaub has Andre Johnson down there and Houston, so his value is already high just because of Andre. Schaub is poised to have another big season in Houston and is looking to lead the Texans to the playoffs and take over the AFC South from Peyton Manning and the Colts.

8. Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco

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    Joe Flacco and the Ravens fell just short of the Super Bowl last season, losing to Big Ben and the Steelers. Flacco and the Ravens are looking to take over the AFC North from the Steelers. Flacco has the ability and has a team that can easily make it to the Super Bowl next season.

7. Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick

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    Michael Vick was the backup at the beginning of the season and now he's the starter, and Kevin Kolb appears to be heading out of town once a new deal is reached. As long as Vick can stay healthy, he is poised for another big season because of his ability to run and throw the ball to his WR Jeremy Maclin and Desean Jackson. 

6. San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers

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    Philip Rivers is still gonna have a big season even with the loss of Malcom Floyd. Philip Rivers and the Chargers are looking to get back in to the playoffs. Philip Rivers doesn't need a big-name WR evident from last season where it seemed like they had a WR out every week.

5. New England Patriots Tom Brady

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    I'm sure that I'll get gripe for putting Brady here at No. 5, but I just don't see Brady being a top three QB this season. Brady may end up being the No. 1 QB by season's end, but I'm starting him at No. 5 right now. I expect Brady to have another good season, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Pats go more towards the running game. Brady and his WR have never had any problems, and I don't expect that to change any time soon.

4. Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan

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    Matt Ryan already has Roddy White one of the top WR last season, and now he's got possibly the top WR from this past NFL draft in Julio Jones from Alabama. With White, Jones and RBs Michael Turner and Jason Snelling, Matt Ryan will have a bunch of players to throw the ball to. Matt Ryan and the Falcons plan on repeating as the the NFC South champs and getting to the Super Bowl this season.

3. Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning

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    I'm sure I'll get gripe for this one too, but with the injury he's been recovering from on his cause of the lockout. Manning will actually not be ready for camp when it starts, so I am wondering how he will be once the season starts. We are talking about Peyton Manning here, so I wouldn't be shocked if he has no problems and leads the Colts back to the playoffs with no issues.

2. New Orleans Saints Drew Brees

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    Drew Brees has a bunch of weapons in New Orleans more than I can count on two hands. The Saints have a loaded backfield, so being worn down towards season's end, which is good for the Saints in what my be the toughest division in the NFL.

1. Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers

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    Aaron Rodgers and the Packers barely made it into the playoffs last season. Doesn't matter how you get in just matters how you do when you get in to the playoffs, and the Packers took it all the way to the Super Bowl and won it over the Packers. 

    Rodgers is poised for another big season with the Packers and has Greg Jennings and Donald Driver as a dynamic WR duo in the NFL. The target will be on Rodgers and the Packers' back as the defending Super Bowl Champs.