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THE QB CODE

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Luck, with his ability to complete any throw, his surprising scrambling skills and a mind that earned him an architectural design degree at Stanford, has already displayed in two years the sort of traits that typify the passers you'll find in SI's new coffee-table book, NFL QB: The Greatest Position in Sports. That 256-page book, packed with classic SI stories and photography celebrating the position, takes football's most talked about signal-callers—from Marino to Manning; Luckman to, oof, Leaf—and sorts them by style and strengths. In the spirit of that book, SI wondered, What would it look like if you similarly coded all 32 starters from 2014?

NFL QB: The Greatest Position in Sports ($29.95) is available wherever books are sold.

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RICH KANE/ICON SPORTSWIRE (TANNEHILL)

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GRANT HALVERSON/GETTY IMAGES (G. SMITH)

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MSA/ICON SPORTSWIRE (MANUEL)

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JASON SZENES/EPA (ROETHLISBERGER)

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MIKE BUSCHER/CSM (FLACCO)

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ANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES (DALTON)

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FRANK JANSKY/ICON SPORTSWIRE (HOYER)

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JOHN BRAGG FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LUCK)

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MARK J. REBILAS/USA TODAY SPORTS (FITZPATRICK)

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MARK HUMPHREY/AP (LOCKER)

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JOHN RAOUX/AP (HENNE)

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KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES (P. MANNING)

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JOHN RIEGER/USA TODAY SPORTS (A. SMITH)

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JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RIVERS)

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ED SZCZEPANSKI/USA TODAY SPORTS (CARR)

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SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (E. MANNING)

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JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA/USA TODAY SPORTS (ROMO)

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JED JACOBSOHN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (FOLES)

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SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GRIFFIN)

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CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS (RODGERS)

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MIKE DINOVO/USA TODAY SPORTS (CUTLER)

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MIKE CARTER/USA TODAY SPORTS (STAFFORD)

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HANNAH FOSLIEN/GETTY IMAGES (CASSEL)

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ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BREES)

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JEFF SINER/CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/MCT/LANDOV (NEWTON)

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DAVID BERGMAN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RYAN)

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CLIFF WELCH/ICON SPORTSWIRE (MCCOWN)

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ROD MAR FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WILSON)

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JED JACOBSOHN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (KAEPERNICK)

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ANDREW WEBER/USA TODAY SPORTS (HILL)

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CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY IMAGES (PALMER)