The quarterbacks in the AFC East are no different than any other division; the better the play at quarterback, the better the team and for the most part, the better division ranking. He's a closer look.
1. Tom Brady -- New England Patriots - Tall and limitedly mobile, Brady throws a very nice ball. His throwing motion, is also just nice. But Brady excels at carving up the defense, as well as hitting the short passes. Swing passes and slants seem to set him up greatly for success. He is an excellent leader at his prime, and at the very top of his personal game, and the entire NFL for elite quarterbacking.
2. Trent Edwards -- Buffalo Bills - Tall and fairly mobile, Edwards still has a young quarterbacks nack to tuck and run and make some significant yardage. He seems to have slightly unique footwork, and throws good, accurate ball many times, but it lacks confidence at times, and his indecisiveness shows with his passes. He has lacked rhythm, and is too safe, but seems to have a good head on his shoulder. He needs to energize the offense and turn into a leader or he will not come near elite status.
3. Chad Pennington -- Miami Dolphins - Little athleticism from Pennington and limited arm strength, have hampered his career, but he can be lethally accurate, and knows when and where to throw,as good as any QB, but either has suffered from a bad team, or has been let down by his own physical limitations, which have included a laundry list of shoulder injury. A strong leader, he has hit, and passed his peak, and his decline will be more evident as every season passes, possibly every game.
4. Kellen Clemens -- New York Jets - Unfortuantely, the rookie incumbent Mark Sanchez has been drafted, and will most likely be squeezed into the starting position, but it is my opinion that it will be lead to failure. And because I Sanchez has not played, I can't speak of his pro play. I also didn't hate what I saw of Clemens a couple years ago. He has a strong arm, has a good physique, and is still an unkown commodity in many ways. Because of his long absence from the field, it is hard for me to gauge his mental grasp of the game.
I predict that the ranking of these QBs will reflect the pecking order in the division. Second place does not guarantee a playoff berth for the Bills, but it gives a chance. Hopefully some parity, and mediocre records across the conference, will get 9-7 a playoff berth, but my guess is if Trent Edwards can't bring our team 10 wins, and that is what I believe he has to do, then we will not make the playoffs. The QB has to lead his team to the next level. If he steps up, I am confident the team will rise with him. If he fails, our team will not be up to the task, and will fall below .500 for the fourth straight year.