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NFC East -- Position Analysis: Quarterbacks
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to gzl-football.com






This is the first in a (hopefully) series of articles, in which I will break down each team in the NFC East, position by position. The first article is on the Quarterback position.


DALLAS COWBOYS

Ricky Stanzi, Tyler Wilson, Craig Moody

The Tony Romo era ended in shambles as the wheels feel off in 2014, effectively closing the teamís Super Bowl window for the foreseeable future. Ricky Stanzi is the new starter after Dallas traded for him before last season. On the plus side, of the NFC East starters, Stanzi is the youngest and can grow into the role. On the other hand, Stanzi is the least accomplished starter in the division, by a wide margin. Stanzi has decent arm strength (92) and above average accuracy (86) and awareness (84). Backing up Stanzi is rookie Tyler Wilson. Wilson is an intriguing prospect (70 AWR/91 THP/87 THA) and potentially could figure prominently in the teamís plans, though he likely wouldnít develop into anything more than an average starter. Third-stringer Craig Moody has a powerful arm (94 THP) and decent accuracy, but lacks football smarts.

Grade: C+


NEW YORK GIANTS

Eli Manning, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson

The Giants have arguably the best quarterbacking group in the league, with three signal-callers who could start. Eli Manning is back in the Big Apple after a nomadic two years in Miami and New Orleans. Though Manning is on the back end of his career and looks to have begun regressing, he could be the piece to help the Giants repeat as champions. Only five QBs equal Manningís 98 AWR and 97 THA so itís hard to match that level of excellence. Colin Kaepernick oozes potential with a cannon for an arm (95 THP) and good accuracy (92 THA). He lacks solid AWR, however, and Manningís signing will likely delay the Kaepernick era another year and prevent the young QB from taking that next step this year. Russell Wilson is at the end of the bench, but could very well be the future starter. Somehow Miami sent the former 3rd rounder to New York for a mere 6th rounder. Russell has above average arm strength (91 THP), but his real value comes in his football smarts (84 AWR). The only real knock on the former Badger is his size (5í11Ē).

Grade: A+

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Aaron Rodgers, Kellen Moore

Aaron Rodgers is empirically one of the best field generals in the game. At 31 years old, heís at the pinnacle of his career and few can match his arm strength (96), awareness (97) and accuracy (99). His production since joining the Eagles, however, has let to live up to its potential. Over the past two seasons Rodgers has averaged around 3,200 yards passing and 21 TDs. Granted, he has had some injury issues, but since coming to Philly the team is 12-20. Elite QBs should carry a team and so far Rodgers hasnít. Second-string Kellen Moore is an untraditional quarterback, standing only 6í0Ē and possessing a sling-shot arm (77 THP). Still, Moore is whip smart (84 AWR) and deadly accurate (90 THA) for a third year player. Though certainly not a long-term answer, he is a more than adequate backup. As of press time, the Eagles donít have a third QB on their roster.

Grade: A

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Chad Henne, Bruce Gradkowski

Only five players in the league have strong arms than Chad Henne, and of those, only two Ė Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler Ė have better accuracy. Henneís career in Washington has been up and down since coming to the team from Miami. He was dismal in 2013 with a 7-to-9 TD/INT ratio, but rebounded last year posting a 97.5 QB rating. His season however, was also marred by an extended injury. Henne lacks elite awareness (85), and at age 30 he may never obtain it. That being said, his career passer rating is a good 9 points higher than Eli Mannings, so who needs elite? Backup Bruce Gradkowski is a journeyman backup with his third team in five years. At age 32, Gradkowski has a poor arm (82 THP) but decent accuracy (90). Gradkowski performed admirably when thrust into a starting role with the Vikings back in 2010, but canít be expected to carry a team should Henne go down. As of press time, the Redskins donít have a third QB on their roster.

Grade: B+
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