No position in football, and perhaps all of sports, is as much in the spotlight as quarterback.
That is why they need to be their offense's leaders and it is the only position in the game to be judged on championships and win-loss records. It is why no other players make the kind of money the players under center do.
Every year, there are a few quarterbacks who are not just in the spotlight, but under the microscope. They are often not the best at their positions, but rather those for whom the future is most uncertain.
And sometimes, the story comes out of nowhere. While Kevin Kolb was under the microscope for taking over for Donovan McNabb last season, Michael Vick ended up being the biggest quarterback story in the league.
Players can become stories because they go to the next level like Vick or because their season was historically good like Tom Brady. They can also make the news because their season falls apart or they are in trouble for off-the-field antics, both of which applied to Brett Favre's 2010 season.
With 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, here are those in the top quarter for the most pivotal seasons in 2011 and a prediction for how they will fare...