Oh, Manning! 15 Things We Didn't See Coming at the Quarterback Position

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Oh, Manning! 15 Things We Didn't See Coming at the Quarterback Position
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Every year in the NFL is full of intrigue, excitement and surprise. Sure, some things remain the same: Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger have all played very well this season, and their teams are in great shape for championship runs. 

Then there are the injuries that nobody could have predicted (Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub, Jason Campbell), the rookies that have stepped into their roles admirably (Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder), the free-agent signees that have left us scratching our heads (Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb) and the rises and falls of quarterbacks we thought we knew (Phillip Rivers and Alex Smith).

The season is still just past the halfway point and things can change quickly, but for now, these are the biggest surprises in the "Year of the Quarterback."

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