The NFC East Quarterbacking situation is in shambles.  Donovan McNabb is seemingly on his way out  in the city of Brotherly Love, but nobody is sure what that means for Kevin Kolb and/or Mike Vick. Head Coach of the Redskins, Mike Shanahan has yet to commit to Jason Campbell as his starter and is leaving the door open to bringing another QB in to the fold.

The two constants however are New York’s Eli Manning and Dallas’ Tony Romo. Romo is coming off of the best season of his career, finally getting a playoff win under his belt and putting the December flop situation to bed. Manning also had a good season, throwing for more than 4,000 yards for the first time in his career. These 4 teams always strive for championships and their fans expecting nothing less. Having a top quarterback is essential to the success of an NFL team and we’re going to break down where the teams rank at the quarterback position.

4. Jason Campbell/ TBD

This isn’t really fair to Jason Campbell because in my opinion, he can be a good quarterback in the NFL. He doesn’t have a great receiving corp and he lost his best asset, Clinton Portis, early in the season. That being said, he still threw for 20 TDs, 3,618 yards, and completed 64.5% of his passes. With an improved offensive line, and a pure number 1 receiver, Campbell could without a doubt lead a team to the playoffs. That doesn’t change this ranking though, and Campbell is still 4th on the depth chart in the NFC East.

3. Donovan McNabb/Kevin Kolb/ Michael Vick

Donovan McNabb has quite possibly played his last game in Eagles green. If that happens, and McNabb is no longer in Philadelphia, the Kevin Kolb era would be under way. Kolb showed last year in his 2 starts that he has the skill to start in this league. Kolb will not make the Eagles better than they were with McNabb this year, but he has earned a chance to lead that city and team and to see exactly what he has to offer. While the window may have closed on a championship under McNabb, Kolb could open that window back up and he’s earned a chance to prove it.

2. Eli Manning

Eli Manning has a Super Bowl. Tony Romo does not. Eli Manning is 4-3 in the postseason, Tony Romo is 1-3. However, all 4 of those wins came in his super bowl season, and Manning didn’t exactly light it up in the 2007 post season. The defense won that championship. While that doesn’t mean Manning didn’t make the play of his life to keep the team alive (Manning to Tyree), it was Strahan, Osi, and Tuck taking down Brady the entire night. Without Plaxico Burress to throw the ball up too, Manning is 0-1 in the playoffs, and didn’t even qualify for the postseason last year.

1. Tony Romo

Like I previously stated, Manning has a Super Bowl and Romo does not, but the ceiling is higher for the Cowboys general rather than the Giants’. Last season, in Romo’s best season as a professional, he threw for 4,483 yards, completing 63.1% of his passes, and throwing 26 touchdowns with only 9 interceptions. He has a better receiving corp than the Giants, and a better running game backing him. Manning may be the Super Bowl Champion now, but when its all said and done, Romo will stand above Eli, and the rest of the NFC East for many years to come.

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