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Ranking The QB Situations In The AFC North

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Which AFC North team has the best QB room?

With training camps starting this month, quarterback battles are preparing to take shape. From rookies to seasoned veterans, every signal caller in the NFL enters the dog days with something to prove. 

Here are the quarterback situations for the AFC North, ranked. 

1. Pittsburgh Steelers 

Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach: Randy Fichtner 

The QBs

Ben Roethlisberger (15th NFL Season, Super Bowl XL Champion, Super Bowl XLIII Champion, 6x Pro Bowler)

Landry Jones (Sixth NFL Season)

Mason Rudolph (First NFL Season)

Joshua Dobbs (Second NFL Season) 

The team with the best quarterback in the division gets the number one position on this list, but that’s not the only reason why. In addition to two-time Super Bowl champ Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers have a capable backup in Landry Jones and an intriguing fresh face in Mason Rudolph

Had the 2018 NFL Draft not featured one of the most stacked quarterback classes of all time, Rudolph may have been selected in the first round. Each Pittsburgh quarterback fits the AFC North mold: tall, thick, and durable, with a strong arm.

2. Baltimore Ravens 

Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg 

QB Coach: James Urban 

The QBs

Joe Flacco (11th NFL season, Super Bowl XLVII Champion) 

Robert Griffin III (Seventh NFL season)

Lamar Jackson (First NFL season)

Josh Woodrum (Third NFL season)  

In contrast to the quarterback room in Pittsburgh, the Ravens’ depth chart has an identity crisis, which is not a good sign for a team trying to get back into the playoffs. Baltimore also enters the season with a QB controversy: Joe Flacco enters a contract year with rookie Lamar Jackson breathing down his neck. 

The Ravens’ group carries quarterbacks with a mixed skill set: pocket passers like Flacco and Josh Woodrum, quarterbacks with lower-end arms, and world-class speed in Jackson and Robert Griffin III. Carrying two Heisman Trophy winners and three first-round picks at the same position is something, but we saw the same thing in 2015 when Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, and Tim Tebow were in Philadelphia, and that didn’t produce a playoff berth. 

Despite the physical limitations of Flacco, Jackson, and Griffin III, you can put any of three Ravens quarterbacks in the starting lineup and have a chance to win the game, which is more than you can say for most quarterback groups in the AFC.  

3. Cleveland Browns 

Offensive Coordinator: Todd Haley 

QB Coach: David Lee 

The QBs

Tyrod Taylor (Eighth NFL season, Super Bowl XLVII Champion, 1x Pro Bowler)

Drew Stanton (12th NFL season)

Baker Mayfield (First NFL season)

Brogan Roback (First NFL season)

Cleveland General Manager John Dorsey did a clean sweep of the quarterback room following the 2017 season. DeShone KizerCody Kessler, and Kevin Hogan are all out. Newcomers Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton each have solid NFL experience and have proven that they can win games whether they are in a starting role or coming off of the bench. Of course, all eyes are on the number one overall draft pick, rookie Baker Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy for Oklahoma in 2017.  

Looking at the Browns’ depth chart from top to bottom, with Taylor as the current starter and Brogan Roback as the extra training camp arm is sobering because each guy has legitimate physical limitations. Head Coach Hue Jackson knows what he is looking for in a quarterback, though: a mobile playmaker who can move and protect the ball. Cleveland has added exciting pieces on offense and both Taylor and Mayfield can run Jackson’s system.  

4. Cincinnati Bengals 

Offensive Coordinator: Bill Lazor

QB Coach: Alex Van Pelt 

The QBs

Andy Dalton (Eighth NFL season, 3x Pro Bowler)

Matt Barkley (Sixth NFL season)

Jeff Driskel (Third NFL season)

Logan Woodside (First NFL season)

Cincinnati’s quarterback depth chart features an average starter in Andy Dalton and a mediocre support group. Matt Barkley and Jeff Driskel each made big plays in big games for USC and Florida, respectively, but neither has accomplished much thus far in the pros. Toledo’s Logan Woodside is an experiment who could be worth keeping on the roster this season. Woodside threw for 93 touchdowns and over 10,000 yards in his college career with the Rockets.  

Edited by Brian Kang, Dani Quintana.

Which of the following NFL quarterbacks did not win the Heisman Trophy?
Created 7/12/18
  1. Marcus Mariota
  2. Sam Bradford
  3. Matthew Stafford
  4. Robert Griffin III

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