Atlanta's Matt Ryan will be 29 and Carolina's Cam Newton 25 before the start of next season. Ryan has been trying to close the gap in recent years but played behind a lackluster offensive line and with a depleted receiving corps in 2013. Newton has shown signs of brilliance, helping the Panthers clinch the division title, but he hasn't been able to put it all together consistently for a Panthers team that's powered by an elite defense.
Maybe this is the year Ryan makes his move. Or maybe this is the year Newton takes a huge leap forward. If either of those quarterbacks gains ground on Brees, the NFC South could have a whole new look.
The uncertainty is in Tampa Bay, where the Bucs are looking at Mike Glennon, who did some nice things as a rookie but still lags behind Brees, Ryan and Newton. The Bucs have the nucleus of a good defense, but they need some stability at quarterback to make their offense click. If they can get that -- they have made noise about drafting a quarterback or signing a veteran free agent -- they might be able to make the NFC South a four-team race.
The four writers who cover the division -- Vaughn McClure in Atlanta, David Newton in Carolina, Mike Triplett in New Orleans and Pat Yasinskas in Tampa Bay -- offered their insights on the quarterback situations and some other some key offseason topics. They also polled their Twitter followers to find out if they saw the issues differently.