NFL Power Rankings: What Quarterback has the best Supporting Cast for the 2012 Regular Season?

Aaron Rodgers is easily the best quarterback in the NFL right now, but does he have the best teammates?

The NFL has become a passing league, but it would be foolish to think that the only important piece of a passing game is the passer. Not only do the receivers have to catch the ball, the offensive line has to protect the passer, the running back has to establish the running game and the coordinator has to call the plays.

A huge amount goes into the play of an NFL quarterback. It is true that the best quarterbacks in the league improve the play of the players around them, but similarly the players around them can handicap the signal caller.

Last year there were a number of perfect examples to prove that point. Everyone saw what Cam Newton did for his teammates in Carolina and how Peyton Manning’s loss couldn’t be handled by the Colts. It’s not always that simple or obvious however.

A mid-season addition by the San Diego Chargers completely changed the fortunes of Philip Rivers as Jared Gaither provided the protection he needed to return to elite form. Prior to Gaither’s arrival in San Diego, Rivers was being swallowed up by opposing pass rushes.

Without Gaither, Rivers threw 16 touchdowns to 17 interceptions. With him, he threw 11 touchdowns to three interceptions.

It’s a quarterback driven league, but it helps to be driving a Ferrari rather than a Fiesta. Here are the rankings of each Quarterback situation for the 2012 Regular Season.

Rankings criteria: Every factor of offense excluding the quarterback position. IE: Halfback, Offensive Line, Wide Receivers, Coaching etc etc

1. Patriots
Tom Brady may be one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but he has more help than anyone. Only one issue faces the Patriots entering this season as the offensive line is enduring some turnover.

Matt Light has retired, but Nate Solder is a ready made replacement. Brian Waters is facing another season when he is a threat to drop off in the second half of the year. The most significant issue for the Patriots’ protection however is the potential loss of Logan Mankins. In typical Patriots fashion, nobody is clear how long Mankins will be out for after tearing his ACL last year. Robert Gallery was added as a likely replacement.

Off-season additions have only enhanced this offense after last year. Considering last year’s version was pretty stacked as it is, this year it is simply scary. Brandon Lloyd is the perfect addition at receiver because of his pace. Not only is Lloyd a burner, but he can run every route and has very soft hands. Lloyd is the final piece in a mismatch offense that relies on two elite tight ends. His pace will free up those tight ends and Wes Welker underneath, but Jabar Gaffney shouldn’t be overlooked as he should be an improvement over Deion Branch.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ consistency may be lost from the back field, but the group of Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Joseph Addai should provide explosion to an already explosive offense. Ridley should be the main ball carrier, but Addai will provide a viable replacement for Kevin Faulk. Not fumbling the ball would be enough to match the achievements of last season, anything more is an improvement.

Tom Brady may be a great quarterback, but there is no question that Bill Belichick is the key to the Patriots’ long-term(last decade) success as a franchise with what he has built on offense and defense over the years.

2. Packers
Even if Aaron Rodgers wasn’t under center in Green Bay, this offense would still be one of the most talented in the NFL. Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver and Randall Cobb are all consistent play-making receivers who can all do multiple things. Whatever quarterback is throwing to them can trust that they will make catches and be where they are expected to be on every single play.

Jermichael Finley may have struggled last year, but he is a mismatch problem because of his athleticism who should rebound this year. With all of those receiving options, the Packers can overcome any struggles that their running game must endure. The Packers don’t have a high quality back, but John Kuhn is serviceable while Brandon Saine and James Starks have potential.

The Packers most underrated quality lies on their offensive line. Adding Jeff Saturday to the interior of that line can only help, although Scott Wells was a fine center last year. Bryan Bulaga is one of the better right tackles in the league, while TJ Lang and Josh Sitton are a good guard pairing. Marshall Newhouse is a stand-in at left tackle while Derek Sherrod develops.

3. 49ers
I believe in Randy!

The San Francisco 49ers had one clear focus this off-season. They blatantly weren’t happy that their offense was only a complementary piece to a record-setting field goal kicker. Jim Harbaugh has a great offensive mind, but it doesn’t take a great offensive mind to try and sign Peyton Manning.

That’s exactly what Harbaugh did this off-season before Manning moved to Denver. Harbaugh may have messed with the chemistry he had with his quarterback this off-season, but a bit like an apologetic husband, he is replacing chemistry with plenty of gifts.

Those gifts come in the form of Mario Manningham, LaMichael James, AJ Jenkins, Brandon Jacobs and Randy Moss. Of the group, Moss is obviously the most intriguing addition. Moss didn’t play last year after a tumultuous season with the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. Significantly however, Moss didn’t drop off for physical reasons. He lost his motivation and desire to play football.

A year out, and watching a Super Bowl where he could have been the difference, Moss should have the passion of a rookie. Even if he has lost a step, he is still a major threat on the outside. Mario Manningham is expected to play across from Moss. Manningham is famous, or infamous depending on your point of view, for that Super Bowl performance, or even just that catch, but he does have his flaws. He is a big play waiting to happen, but inconsistent catching the football.

One thing is clear, the 49ers have a lot more speed and explosion in their offense this year. Having a pounding running game and reliable offensive line, with Harbaugh on the sidelines, Alex Smith has a pretty cushy work-place.

4. Titans
Chris Johnson should rebound after last year’s struggles. Johnson is a great talent, but struggled last year after missing training camp. Whether it be catching screen passes or taking hand-offs, Johnson is a major asset to any quarterback.

When you put him in an offense with an outstanding pass blocking line, and some high quality receiving options, it’s fairly easy to be a quarterback in Tennessee considering. Even if Kenny Britt doesn’t return to full health, the Titans still have Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Jared Cook to make big plays down the field.

Wright will be a great addition to the offense as he gives the team a more dynamic threat. Washington is predominantly a deep ball specialist, but he can make receptions over the middle and run most routes fairly well. Cook is the x-factor because if he emerges, he has the talent to be an elite tight end.

5. Chiefs
Did you ever go to a television sale and watch as someone walked out the door with the biggest TV in the place before you could even buy it? Now imagine if the salesperson brought out an even bigger TV for half the price from the back after that TV was gone. That is what happened with the Kansas City Chiefs this off-season when they got Eric Winston.

Eric Winston and Brandon Albert will give Matt Cassel great protection while Rodney Hudson takes over for Casey Wiegmann inside. With that protection, Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis and possibly Dexter McCluster every so often(even if the Chiefs say differently right now), life is good for Matt Cassel entering his first season.

With those pieces setting up the platform, Cassel has two massive receivers outside to make his throws easier in Jonathan Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe. Bowe had a great year last year considering the circumstances at quarterback, while Baldwin should be developed entering his second season. Having Steve Breaston and the returning Tony Moeaki, with a good defense to keep the pressure off the unit as a whole, it’s no surprise the Chiefs are highly thought of entering this year.

Health will be a determining factor for this group. Jamaal Charles has to perform if they are to light up the scoreboard on a weekly basis.

6. Lions
Adding Ryan Broyles to an already stacked receiving corps seems unfair when you’ve got Matthew Stafford at quarterback. Simply having Calvin Johnson makes this offense difficult to defend no matter who is playing under center. It is no coincidence that Shaun Hill had his best performances when he filled in for Stafford with Johnson on the team.

Not only are the receivers stellar in Detroit, but so are the tight ends as Brandon Petigrew figures to be a star while Tony Scheffler is one of the best backups in the league. Scheffler and Petigrew become matchup nightmares when on the field with Calvin Johnson, Titus Young, Nate Burleson and now Broyles.

As good as the team’s receiving options are, the Lions are dealing with a lot of ambiguity at the running back position with Mikel Leshoure, Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith all having their own issues. The offensive line has added Riley Reiff to potentially pair with Jeff Backus while Rob Sims is bulking up to be a better left guard.

DeMarco Murray is going to be a key performer for the Cowboys this year

7. Cowboys
Tony Romo was excellent last year. When you consider the circumstances and performances of the team around him, he was definitely elite. This year should be very different. Laurent Robinson may be gone from the wide receiving corps, but Dez Bryant and Miles Austin should be fully healthy with Jason Witten still at tight end.

If DeMarco Murray stays healthy for 16 games of the season, then he has the chance to be the best back in football. Murray has everything. A low center of gravity. Strength. Explosion. Agility. Safe hands. Receiving ability. A solid blocker.

Blocking is going to be vital for the Cowboys next year as their offensive line grows together and their tackles swap sides. Tyron Smith has the potential to be the best left tackle in the NFL, but that transition isn’t always easy. Doug Free is more than capable of locking down the right-hand-side.

8. Saints
There’s a reason why Sean Payton is considered an offensive guru, but there is also a reason why Drew Brees is so important to the Saints. Payton has built a fantastic offense in New Orleans, but his presence on the sidelines will be missed. The Saints offensive pieces are good, but Drew Brees makes them look great.

Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham are the biggest threats and mismatches, while Marques Colston and Lance Moore are more than reliable receivers. Pierre Thomas may be the most underrated back in the league, while Chris Ivory is a pounder with Mark Ingram providing the potential for big plays.

Losing Carl Nicks from the offensive line will hurt, but replacing him with Ben Grubbs will really soften the blow. The Saints’ offensive line is one of their strengths regardless of who is playing quarterback. It may not be the best offense in the league without Payton and an average quarterback under center, but it should still be top 10 at least.

9. Seahawks
Tarvaris Jackson doesn’t get much credit for playing through a torn pectoral last year. Don’t be shocked if he fends off the competition for his job in Seattle however. Jackson is a perfect fit in Darrell Bevell’s offense that relies on a strong running game and play-action.

Although the offensive line had its issues last year, it should be much improved this year simply by being healthy. Health was an issue for a number of the Seahawks’ offensive starters as Sidney Rice needs to play 16 games this year also. If Rice does start each week, the Seahawks will have one of the better wide receiving corps in the NFL. Doug Baldwin was a star as a rookie, Golden Tate simply doesn’t drop passes, Ben Obamanu showed flashes last year and even Mike Williams was productive last year.

Zach Miller and Kellen Winslow give you two dangerous tight ends while Marshawn Lynch is one of the most dominant runners in the NFL. There is no doubt that the Seahawks are a roster reliant on their defense, but the offense doesn’t lack talent either.

10. Chargers
Jeromey Clary may still be playing right tackle in San Diego, but Jared Gaither was signed to a long-term deal in the off-season to shut down all activity on Philip Rivers’ blindside. Last year many felt that Rivers fell off, the reality is that he was just suffering the demons that come with poor pass protection.

After losing Vincent Jackson and Mike Tolbert, not to mention Marcus McNeil, one would suspect that the Chargers’ talent has dropped off since last season. Jackson was replaced by Robert Meachem and Lance Moore, while LeRon McClain replaces the departed fullback/running back. With Vincent Brown, Malcolm Floyd, Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal at receiver, and Antonio Gates playing tight end still, the Chargers have more than enough weapons surrounding their quarterback.

Adding the emerging Ryan Mathews to that group only makes this offense even more dangerous. Just so long as they can keep the quarterback upright, then the offense will be one of the best in the league again next year. AJ Smith and Norv Turner may have their flaws, but building this unit together isn’t one of them.

11. Eagles
Losing Jason Peters is always going to hurt your offensive production, but the Eagles have more than enough talent across the board to cope without him. Demetress Bell won’t perform as well as Peters did, but now that he is essentially a right tackle, protecting Michael Vick’s open-side, the former Buffalo Bills player should excel.

Keeping Vick healthy should be the only issue the Eagles have now that DeSean Jackson will be clued in again. Jackson was obviously not committed last year on every snap. This year it still likely won’t be every snap, but he should be capable of challenging the top receivers in the game statistically. He and Jeremy Maclin are fine receivers who complement each other very well.

LeSean McCoy emerged last year as the leader of the Eagles’ offense. He may not be Brian Dawkins in the locker-room, but there is no doubt that he is carrying his unit on the field. His speed is obvious, but it is his ability to be a threat out of the backfield that makes this offense so difficult to match up to.

12. Texans
Even without Eric Winston entering this season, the Texans should still have a strong offensive line to work with. The Texans have high hopes for Rashad Butler and their zone blocking scheme should still be an effective weapon in the running game. With Ben Tate and Arian Foster in the backfield, the running game should be as strong as ever next year.

Justin Forsett gives the team another option in the backfield, but keeping James Casey out of the backfield could be the key for the Texans this year. Casey is a very talented player who would excel as the team’s second tight end in place of Joel Dressen At the moment however, Casey is splitting time around the field as a full back and tight end.

As always, lacking quality wide receivers is going to hold this group back. DeVier Posey is the hope to step up, while Andre Johnson’s return to full health will be massive, but this is still a group lacking in talent.

13. Steelers
The Steelers have invested heavily in their offensive line this off-season, however the improvement in that area is dependent on rookies excelling instantly. Mike Adams and David DeCastro should be instant starters, while Willie Colon is moving from tackle to left guard. For the Steelers that improvement will be massive because Roethlisberger is so mobile, but for an average quarterback, it is still an average unit.

Without Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers’ rushing attack will really suffer. Isaac Redman is a good runner, but a limited football player. Redman doesn’t provide the receiving threat that Mendenhall does, nor is he a great blocker. There is a good committee of backs in Pittsburgh, but you can’t put four on the field at once.

Heath Miller will be a quality replacement for Hines Ward as Ben Roethlisberger’s most trusted target. Mike Wallace will be on the field regardless of his current situation, while Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders with Jerricho Cotchery should be amongst the best receiving corps in the NFL.

Joe Flacco needs his quarterbacks to step up this season.

14. Ravens
Since Jamaal Lewis was the bell cow of the Ravens’ offense a few years ago, the whole group has undergone major changes under the hand of Ozzie Newsome. Newsome has built an offense around his two most important weapons: Ray Rice and Joe Flacco.

With Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin leading a group of young receivers, the talent is there outside to consistently throw the ball. Key elements of the passing game will be Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta however as the Ravens have high hopes for the young tight end duo.

Getting Ray Rice in camp will happen, but the earlier the better for the Ravens as they can’t afford for Rice to have the issues that Chris Johnson had last year after missing the pre-season. Once Rice is back, the offensive line needs to sort itself out with Brandon McKinnie getting in shape and the competition at left tackle providing a victor. Matt Birk needs to prove that last year was an abnormality also.

15. Bears
If Mike Tice can use Michael Bush and Matt Forte to establish the run in Chicago, then their deficiencies on the offensive line will be covered. Tice is the polar opposite type of coordinator to Mike Martz in that he is a former offensive line coach. You can expect the Bears will be a very balanced offense next year.

Presuming that Forte does return, the Bears have one of the better one-two punches at running back in the NFL. More importantly however, they finally added that number one receiver this off-season. Brandon Marshall may have some baggage, but he was a top 10 receiver last year with a less than stellar offense around him.

Marshall alone helps the offense, but the domino effect of his presence on the depth chart will elevate the play of his teammates as Earl Bennett in particular should have a big season.

16. Redskins
Robert Griffin III will inherit a very talented offense from RGI this season. Pierre Garcon may be overpaid, but he, Santana Moss, Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson should be a dynamic quartet. They may not be the most polished receivers, but there is a good mixture of reliability and explosion outside.

With Trent Williams and Jamaal Brown protecting the edges, the Redskins should provide their quarterback with a clean pocket while Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme will again allow his backs to rack up the yardage. Roy Helu and Tim Hightower are good backs who will run hard.

Fred Davis could be the difference maker for the offense, especially if Chris Cooley is healthy. With two quality receiving tight ends, the Redskins’ offense would have a lot of weapons.

17. Bengals
It’s unclear whether the Bengals offense has really improved over last year. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is obviously a better player than Cedric Benson at tailback, but most of their other additions are unproven except for guard Travelle Wharton who arrived from the Panthers.

Along with those two, the most prominent additions are Mohamed Sanu, Kevin Zeitler and Orson Charles. Being that each player is a rookie, it is difficult to attest to how they will all transition into the league together. Obviously Andy Dalton and AJ Green did well last year, but that is not always the case.

Still, Green is a massive weapon as is Jermaine Gresham. With those two, and the returning Jordan Shipley, catching passes for you with Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth protecting you, the Bengals offense should be fine.

Not to mention Jay Gruden is considered one of the better offensive coordinators in the NFL.

How much will the New York Giants miss Mario Manningham?

18. Giants
Eli Manning had an amazing playoff run with this offense considering the circumstances. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz may have been major weapons, but Cruz was still adjusting to the offense while Manning’s offensive line endured injuries and struggled with production.

Losing Mario Manningham will hurt as teams now zone in on Cruz and Nicks to greater effect. Reuben Randle should be a good addition but, despite his polished route running, he still has to adjust to the professional game and remains an unknown as such.

It’s a similar situation in the backfield as Ahmad Bradshaw’s health appears to be an issue again but rookie David Wilson has Giants fans excited. With Martellus Bennett coming in at tight end, and their offensive line issues, this unit will have to run the ball a lot next year despite having Manning under center. Another quarterback likely wouldn’t be able to reach the same heights in an offense sculpted around their star signal-caller.

19. Bills
The Bills offensive scheme is very well designed if the right type of quarterback comes along. It is unclear if Ryan Fitzpatrick is that quarterback, but he will have every opportunity to prove himself. With a lot of spread formations and quick passes, not to mention quality runners, the Bills’ offensive tackles aren’t as important as most teams’.

With Stevie Johnson returning there is a quality playmaker outside  while the team’s other receivers are solid if unspectacular. Using CJ Spiller in the slot is something I suspect the Bills will do a lot this year after they re-signed Fred Jackson.

Jackson is still pivotal to the team’s success. Without him last year there was a certain edge lost on the offense. Spiller proved to be a quality runner, but they still need to add some talent, or have their youngsters develop, to really be competitive. The interior offensive line in Buffalo is phenomenal though when fully healthy.

20. Raiders
The Raiders offense begins and ends with Darren McFadden this year. Losing Michael Bush will hurt as Mike Goodson is not on his level. Adding Mike Brisiel and inserting a zone blocking scheme will help, but Khalif Barnes at right tackle is a worry while there is no receiving threat at tight end without Kevin Boss.

Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey are game breakers at receiver but Louis Murphy or Jacoby Ford need to step up to complete the passing attack without a tight end to throw to. Brandon Myers is a good versatile blocker, but he doesn’t offer much as a receiver.

Unfortunately, the Raiders are relying on a running back who has proven unable to stay healthy. That will be the downfall of this unit regardless of who is playing quarterback.

21. Panthers
Cam Newton made a major difference for the Panthers last year by improving every aspect of the offense. The Panthers offensive strength lies in the backfield as Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are both dynamic and strong runners with Mike Tolbert added to the backfield as a blocker or runner.

With a decent offensive line leading the way, and Greg Olsen providing the passer with a reliable and explosive tight end, playing quarterback for the Panthers is a good place to ply your trade. However, outside of Steve Smith, the Panthers don’t have that much quality outside.

Newton’s influence on the offense overshadows some of their flaws as an all-around offense, but still there are pieces to work with in Carolina.

22. Buccaneers
Despite investing a lot this off-season in their offense, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still have plenty of issues to deal with. How Vincent Jackson reacts to finally getting his big deal will be interesting, but Mike Williams ability to bounce back will be even more important. Preston Parker’s development could see him inserted in the starting lineup.

Luke Stocker needs to step up to replace Kellen Winslow, while Doug Martin should push LeGarrette Blount out of the backfield. With Carl Nicks playing left guard, Wilson will at least have one lead blocker to run behind, but the rest of the line still needs to improve if the Buccaneers are to have any kind of balanced production.

23. Colts
Bruce Arians is a lover of multiple tight end sets and he excels at coaching wide receivers. The problem with Arians though is that his play-calling is very predictable. He will improve the skill positions around the quarterback in Indianapolis, but a lot of the Steelers’ success with Arians was based on Ben Roethlisberger’s imagination.

It was no surprise that the Colts went after Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in the drat. Allen and Fleener should create a dynamic receiving duo but the outside receivers will remain pivotal for the Colts’ chances of success. Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie were helped by Peyton Manning, but they weren’t totally reliant on him. Both should be reliable receivers next year while TY Hilton or Donnie Avery look to surprise people.

Donald Brown and Mewelde Moore should be a serviceable pairing at halfback as Moore specializes in the third down role and Brown carries the load.

24. Cardinals
As it has been over the past few seasons, protection remains an issue in Arizona despite the additions of Bobby Massie and Adam Snyder. Snyder should instantly start at right guard while Massie has the talent but there are questions about his commitment to start at right tackle.

Chris Wells and Ryan Williams are slated to return to the backfield, but neither can be relied upon considering their track record so far. Wells and Williams have talent, but they need to prove their durability before they can be trusted.

Todd Heap is a solid tight end, but the Cardinals main strengths lie outside the numbers. Larry Fitzgerald is obviously still a premiere receiver in all of football, while Michael Floyd should prove to be a very valuable complement. Two physical receivers like that help both as receivers and as blockers.

25. Falcons
Michael Turner’s prominence in this offense is sure to fall off this year as the big back cracks into his thirties. Without Turner, the Falcons will rely on Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers more. Neither of those players are proven in substantial roles with the offense but both have plenty of talent.

Tony Gonzalez is in a similar situation as he is passed the twilight of his career. Instead, the Falcons offense is inclined towards Julio Jones and Roddy White. Jones and White should play better together this year as Jones is more accustomed to the NFL game and White rebounds from a poor year.

The problem with passing more in this offense is that the Falcons’ offensive line is one of the more troublesome units in the league. Only quarterbacks who are good at handling pressure will be able to perform in this situation.

The Rams need to have Danny Amendola on the field this year

26. Rams
Adding Scott Wells to the Rams offensive line should significantly improve the younger players around him because of his leadership. By bringing in more possession receivers, and Isiah Pead in the backfield to run plenty of screens, there is also the ability to slow down the pass rush with quick throws in St. Louis.

Past that, the Rams will be looking to Steven Jackson’s hard running to continue while Brian Quick needs to establish himself as the deep threat that Danario Alexander was supposed to be. The Rams have a number of younger pieces both at receiver and tight end who need to step up before this group can really be defined.

27. Jaguars
Presuming that Maurice Jones-Drew is back on the field, the Jaguars offense should actually be decent this year. Blaine Gabbert has his question marks, but at the very least his offensive line should be healthier this season while the receiving corps has been upgraded.

Adding Justin Blackmon will be the most talked about move of the off-season in Jacksonville, but Blackmon will be the second receiver for the Jaguars as Laurent Robinson looks to draw coverage. While the Jaguars don’t have that much talent, their offense is constructed well with a strong running game and receivers who complement each other.

A bounce back year for Marcedes Lewis would make a major difference for this group as a whole.

28. Vikings
It’s foolish to think that Adrian Peterson will be ready by opening day. it’s even worse for the Vikings to even consider playing him that early. Peterson got injured in unnecessary action, this year figures to be another down year for the Vikings which means it would likely be better to sit him for a while.

Matt Kalil will upgrade the offensive line, but Christian Ponder still won’t have the cleanest of pockets to throw from. Kyle Rudolph is a big upgrade at tight end, but Percy Harvin’s recent trade request could leave them with no worthy weapons on the outside.

Harvin is the Vikings greatest threat and only real home-run hitter. Without Peterson and Harvin, this group would easily be the worst in the NFL.

29. Browns
The Browns had to add weapons this off-season, and they did by drafting Trent Richardson. However they did very little else to upgrade the offense. Travis Benjamin and Mitchell Schwartz will be asked to breathe some life into the unit but the reality is Richardson will have a heavy load to carry this year.

Greg Little has a lot of potential to be a good starting receiver, but his tendency to drop the ball would have seen him on the bench for most teams last year. He and Mohammed Massaquoi will have to completely change their performances if Brandon Weeden is to have any hope of succeeding this year.

30. Broncos
Even without Peyton Manning, by the radical scheme change alone the Broncos offense is going to look very different compared to last season. The offensive line remains in tact from last season, but many people would tell you that that is not a good thing.

Jacob Tamme and Joel Dressen were signed in the off-season to be Manning’s new weapons at tight end. Tamme and Dressen were both previously second options at tight end with their last teams. Most of Dressen’s receptions came because of scheme when he was the receiver in strong play-action sets in Houston while Tamme has never been anything more than a solid player.

DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker have talent, but one must wonder how they will adjust to having to run a greater variety of routes and more complex patterns. Brandon Stokley and Andre Caldwell are veteran receivers, but not very explosive. Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman joins the injury-prone Knowshon Moreno and veteran Willis McGahee in the background to create an average trio of runners.

31. Dolphins
Trading Brandon Marshall has really hurt the Dolphins offense for the coming season. It may help in the long-term as Joe Philbin establishes his scheme that doesn’t rely on a single receiver. However for this year, Chad Ochocinco won’t be a capable replacement. Nor will Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Clyde Gates or Legudu Nanee. In fact, the Dolphins best receiver may be tight end Anthony Fasano and he no longer fits the scheme.

The Dolphins will be a run first…second….and third team next year. Even at that though, they lack the guards to properly maul opponents. John Jerry and Richie Incognito aren’t scaring defenses. The offensive line does have some young talent in Mike Pouncey and Jonathan Martin to go along with Jake Long.

Reggie Bush will need to eclipse what he did last year to even make this offense relevant among the bottom feeders in the NFL this year.

32. Jets
Your best weapon, essentially your only one, was called a poison to the team at the end of last season and has already been causing some furor entering this year. The right tackle who ruined your pass protection from last season hasn’t been replaced. Your backfield features an unproven player who thinks McDonalds is a fitting diet for a professional athlete as well as a breakout star from the past two seasons who never broke out. Your offensive coordinator prefers to run the ball and hasn’t got the best out of his quarterbacks in the past.

Oh and Tim Tebow is the backup.

Talent wise, despite the additions of Chaz Schilens and Stephen Hill to Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Dustin Keller, the Jets’ offense is in trouble next year. Peyton Manning wouldn’t make this offense excellent, it’s an impossible task for Sanchez.

Cian Fahey writes for the Guardian, Irishcentral, Steelersdepot and FFBLife. You can follow him on twitter @Cianaf


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Cian Fahey is a journalist for Irishcentral and the Guardian, as well as being previously published in various other media outlets.
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2 Responses to NFL Power Rankings: What Quarterback has the best Supporting Cast for the 2012 Regular Season?

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