In 2012, we witnessed the rise of a truly impressive group of first-year starting quarterbacks. Not only did these signal-callers take the reins, but four of them rode into the postseason -- one to the Super Bowl. So what will they do for an encore?
As a newly minted starting QB in the NFL, Year 1 is about acclimation. Year 2 is about adjustments. Both for the quarterback, and the defenses trying to shut him down.
Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III -- these guys were all the rage last season. And that means they drew a lot of attention from defensive coordinators in the offseason as well. Those four QBs, along with Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden, were all studied ad nauseum by opposing coaches who spent the summer trying to find ways to slow them down. Now the book is out. Now they're going to be all over the scouting reports -- strengths, weaknesses, what they can do, what they can't do.
Starting this weekend, we're going to see if the second-year starters can continue to be at their best when defenses feel better suited to attack weaknesses. Here's how I see these second-year QB -- and opposing defenses -- adjusting in 2013.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
QB Big Board Rank: 10
Luck's debut season was sensational. He carried the Colts back to the playoffs with over 4,000 yards passing, 23 TDs and 29 completions for 21 yards or more. And people often overlook his contributions as a runner: 62 attempts for 255 yards. Luck was extremely aggressive in Bruce Arians' deep-ball offense, but now, can he be less aggressive in 2013?