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NFL: Quarterbacks Who Will Excel in 2014

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(December 28, 2013 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)
(December 28, 2013 – Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

Plenty of quarterbacks have something to prove in 2014. Some are in good situations, others aren’t. A few players are in the right places and should excel this season.

Jay Cutler–Excellent situation in Chicago. He has another year in the same system under Marc Trestman and QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh. From the sound of it, Cutler has improved his mechanics, which has always been a big part of his problems. Another factor is the acquisition of new slot receiver, Marquess Wilson.

He is an upgrade over Earl Bennett in that position from last season. If the defense improves, Chicago could be a playoff team.

Joe Flacco–He was sacked 48 times last season. Things should be different this season because the offensive line has been upgraded and it will be a more run-oriented offense under Gary Kubiak. The arrival of Steve Smith will give Flacco a veteran receiver to work with alongside Torrey Smith.

Dennis Pitta will return healthy as well. His efficiency should be vastly improved this season.

Robert Griffin III–Griffin will have a fresh start after the turmoil of last season. Jay Gruden will have him pass a lot and be less reckless. He now has DeSean Jackson as his top target. Other targets include in Pierre Garcon, Alfred Morris and Jordan Reed.

He is finally healthy and will be the dual-threat that he was in 2012.

Andrew Luck–Yes, this is an odd inclusion but there are reasons for it. His offensive line isn’t as bad on first glance as it was last season. Luck was under pressure too much of the time. Pep Hamilton was too focused on running the ball. None of the running backs were very effective and Luck could have passed on those downs.

Things should be better because of better pass protection, improved running back play and Reggie Wayne coming back to open up the other receivers. I think that Andrew will be even better than last season.

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