Predicting the AFC North Positional Rankings | Quarterbacks

Spencer TucksenSenior Writer IJune 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks up at the scoreboard in the fourth quarter during the game against the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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I have been doing exclusive slideshows pretty much my entire writing career. I decided I would do my regular slideshow-style article in an article format! It's been forever, so let's hope I'm not too rusty.

The AFC North has developed into, quite possibly, the best division in professional football. That is why, along with my depth chart articles, I will make more AFC North based slideshows and general articles. Expect a lot more writing from me during the school off-season!

This is my new series on positional rankings. The first installment is about the quarterbacks of the division. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the article.


Ben Roethlisberger  may be missing some games this year, but I expect him to have one of the best Per Game statistical seasons in the NFL.

I expect these stats from him this year counting only the 12 games he WILL play:

3,143 yards and 18 touchdowns, along with six interceptions and a 64.7 comp. percentage.

Those are good numbers and one could extrapolate them into a 16-game season. If he were to play a full season, this is my official prediction, had he not been suspended:

4,189 yards and 24 touchdowns, along with eight interceptions and a 64.7 comp. percentage.

Very good statistics. Ben Roethlisberger  was one of the best players from last year. Had he played every game, his stats would have looked like this:

4,700 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

If I am not mistaken, those are top-five-in-the-NFL numbers.

Over the past four years, he has had this stat line:

63+ Comp. Percentage, 14,296 yards, and 93 touchdowns.

Those are very legitimate numbers and he has only been getting better over his career. His interception percentage has dropped almost every year he has been in the NFL.

As far as his turnovers go, he has 61 interceptions and 35 fumbles. One might think that these are awful numbers but a big chunk of those turnovers are from the season after a horrific motorcycle accident.

A truly great player and among the best in the NFL today, I can feel comfortable in saying that he is the best in the division.

Joe Flacco   is becoming one of the best in the NFL today. He has been a fairly consistent player in the regular season for the Ravens since he was drafted 18th overall in 2008.

I am going to come out and say it. I am becoming a bit of a Flacco fan. I am a die-hard Steelers fan and hate the Ravens, but I hold nothing against their players...except Ray Lewis, of course.

Other than HIM, the team is cool with me. Flacco is a very big-armed player who can sling with the best of them. The thing that I like about him is that he has pretty good accuracy as well.

With little-to-no receiving threats in Baltimore the past two years, he was able to average 61.7 completion percentage. Mason is pretty good, Rice is good out of the backfield, and Heap is among the better tight ends, but no No. 2 receiver? Very impressive.

He has been playing well with fairly little (a great running back and line doesn't hurt, though), so one can expect him to improve this year. Not to mention good ol' Ozzie Newsome saving the day by adding a ton of help this off-season in Boldin and Stallworth. Boldin is a great receiver in every way and, quite frankly, is one of my favorites. I expect him to go over 1,200 yards, but I will go more into detail in later editions of these articles.

Carson Palmer has not been the same since he had his injury. That is something I must tell you guys now. I understand how great he was in 2005-2006, but that injury has seriously set him off. In the last four seasons, he has this stat line:

11,991 yards and 78 touchdowns with a 62+ completion percentage.

Overall, those are fairly good numbers, averaging about 3,000 yards and 19.5 touchdowns per season. But, when you look at his turnovers, you see there are some big problems there.

28 fumbles and 50 interceptions.

Those are...well...rather disappointing for just a four-year period. I think he is a rather good quarterback, but there is an overflow of top ten articles including him. He is top-20, maybe around the 13-15 range. He is NOT elite anymore. His injuries and turnover problems are unsatisfactory.

Jake Delhomme is not the same quarterback he used to be. Much like the last player mentioned, they have lost a step as of late. Jake used to be among the best in the league, but then he just sort of collapsed.

He had one of the absolute worst seasons of his career and in the NFL. Only a few people have had worse. Those would include the pathetic Derek Anderson and JaMarcus Russell.

(Just something quick I must say about Anderson: he should not have been in the Pro Bowl. Anderson threw 20 interceptions. Yes, he threw some touchdowns, but I don't care about that if you turn the ball over that much.)

Anyway, back to Delhomme. He was a fairly consistent until he started experiencing more injuries. Also, once the fantastic running game showed up best in the NFL his production seemed to slip quite a bit. Over the past four seasons, his stat line is as follows:

About 60 Comp. Percentage; 8,732 yards, and 48 touchdowns.

His big problem, however, was his turnovers. Rather than Rex Grossman, I would nominate Jake the Turnover-saurus Rex. Also, I must say, that is the most clever nickname for any player ever.

He had the following amount of turnovers in just a four-year period:

42 interceptions and seven fumbles.

Please note that he missed almost an entire season with an injury. Also, his big fumble years were his first three starting with the Panthers. He has 15, 12, and 12. That is just...just...painful.

I personally think that Seneca Wallace is the better choice and maybe even Colt McCoy is better for this Browns squad. I just think that Delhomme is over-the-hill now and he just needs to stop.

Thank you guys for reading my article. I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment.


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