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NFL starting quarterback rankings

Which signal-callers are capable of greatness? Which ones are going nowhere?

Originally Published: August 23, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

For the past several years, my annual breakdown of the NFL's elite quarterbacks has taken plenty of criticism.

Much of it has involved semantics. I usually go with about a dozen "elite" quarterbacks each year, and I do it for a reason. This is a quarterback-driven league, so the elite category is reserved for the signal-callers who are good enough to elevate a team into the playoffs. Four of my five healthy elite quarterbacks in the AFC made the playoffs last year. Five of my elite ...

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