The Denver Broncos taught us last season that defense wins championships. Even with Peyton Manning practically immobilized in the pocket for the duration of the playoffs, the Broncos marched to the Super Bowl and defeated MVP Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers.
That being said, good quarterbacks get teams to the playoffs. Six of the top seven NFL teams in terms of passer rating in 2015 qualified for the postseason, with the New Orleans Saints and their dreadful defense being the lone exception.
With the 2016 NFL Draft in the rear-view mirror and the vast majority of free agents signed (ahem, Ryan Fitzpatrick), we have quite a bit of clarity regarding each team's quarterback situation as we draw closer to training camp. Now seems as good of a time as any to rank the projected first-stringers under center.
PointAfter's power rankings of the 32 presumed starters are determined with an eye toward each guy's 2015 passer rating, but the overarching factor is job security. Which guys are entrenched as long-term starters, and which are a few bad starts away from getting the hook early on in 2016?
Note: Players with "N/A" next to their 2015 passer rating did not throw at least 50 passes last season. The parenthesized passer rating rankings on each slide denote a player's standing among the 29 qualified projected starters.