With Stafford, Brees, Rodgers, and Brady all having awesome years I keep hearing people refer to 2011 as the "year of the QB." While they had the best campaigns, I'd like to look at the three young breakout QBs this year: Tim Tebow, Andy Dalton, and Cam Newton. Athleticism: Andy Dalton 4.87 40 29.5 vertical 106 inches broad jump 4.27 20 yard shuttle 6.93 3 cone drill Tim Tebow 4.72 40 115 inches broad jump 6.66 3 cone drill 38.5 vertical 4.17 20 yard shuttle 11.27 60 yard shuttle 126 inches broad jump 4.18 20 yard shuttle 4.59 40 35.0 inches vertical 6.92 3 cone drill Going off these numbers - I think Dalton is third in athleticism and Tebow and Newton seem to be neck and neck in athleticism. Stats: Andy Dalton 16 games started 21 total TD 13 INT 2 fumbles 1.4/1 TD-turnover ratio Tim Tebow 11 games started 18 total TDs 6 INT 6 fumbles 1.5/1 TD-turnover ratio Cam Newton 16 games 35 total TDs 17 INT 5 fumbles 1.59/1 TD-turnover ratio Cam Newton gets the slight edge in TD-turnover ratio. Supporting Cast: Andy Dalton Rookie #1 WR. Cedric Benson/Bernard Scott at RB. Jermaine Greshham at TE. Tim Tebow previously unproven Demaryius Thomas at #1 WR. Knowshon Moreno hurt and lost for year at RB. Willis Mcghahee at RB. Blocking TEs. Cam Newton 2 former 1,000 yard rushers - Jonathan Stewart and Deangelo Williams. Steve Smith at #1 WR. Olsen and Shockey as athletic receiving TEs. Tebow had the worst supporting cast followed by Dalton and Newton had the best supporting cast. Team's Record previous Year: Bengals in 2010: 4-12 Broncos in 2010: 4-12 Panthers in 2010: 2-14 They all inherited horrible teams. Defenses: http://footballoutsiders.com/stats/teamdef Cinicinnatti: 21st rated defense Denver: 19th rated defense Carolina: 32nd rated defense Cam Newton played with the worst defense in the NFL. Cinci and Denver both had below average defenses too. All 3 QBs played with below average defenses and was forced to carry their teams. Playing Styles: Cam Newton: Gunslinger. Flashy player that put up a lot of stats despite posting few wins. Seemed to dig a hole early by turning the ball over and showed the poise to come back vs prevent defenses and put up big stats. Excited casual fans by his fantasy football type numbers vs prevent defenses in 2nd half of games. Elected to go for big plays rather than make smart check downs which was a risk/reward proposition for him all year. Andy Dalton: Played a lot of close games and found a way to post solid stats while also coming out on top 10 out of 16 games. Tim Tebow: Elected to avoid mistakes and make smart decisions en route to winning 7 out of 11 regular season games and also winning another playoff game. Did not take as many chances as Newton/Dalton and didnt turn the ball over nearly as much as either. Sacrificed individual statistics while throwing the ball away and taking criticism from casual fans. Now, putting it all together. Out of these 3 QBs, who found a way to win football games with these horrible rosters. 2011: Who won games? A tough task for any QB with these defenses and supporting casts. Andy Dalton/Bengals in 2011: Played in statistically the toughest division and still finished 10-6 and made the playoffs. .625 winning % Cam Newton/Carolina in 2011: Played in a good division and only managed to win 6 games. .375 winning %. Tim Tebow/Broncos in 2011: Started 1-4. Then, inserted Tebow into the starting lineup and he finished 7-4. Then, added a playoff victory over the league's number 1 rated defense. .636 winning %. So, who had the best 2011 campaign? Well, you can immediately eliminate Cam Newton as he, at times, had flashy numbers, but couldn't translate those numbers into wins. Dalton had solid stats and got his team into the playoffs. However, he came up short in the 1st round. Tebow took over a 1-4 team and lead them right into the playoffs where they beat the #1 rated defense. While his stats were not always the greatest, he showed the ability to make the right decision time after time throwing the ball away when the play wasnt there rather than risk turnovers to pump up his own stats. So, I give the slight edge to Tebow over Dalton because of the playoff win and higher winning % in games they started. However, I think Dalton had an excellent season as well. And, Cam Newton was really fun to watch vs prevent defenses..even if he didnt win very many games. Overall, I think these 3 QBs are going to be fun to watch in the future.