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NFL: Current crop of stars will be joined by new faces. By Paul Gutierrez THE SACRAMENTO BEE They always come in waves. Say hello to the NFL’s latest young guns: the Washington Redskins’ Jason Campbell, the Denver Broncos’ Jay Cutler, the Minnesota Vikings’ Tarvaris Jackson, the Arizona Cardinals’ Matt Leinart, the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo, the Houston Texans’ Matt Schaub and the Tennessee Titans’ Vince Young. And that’s not counting such established-yet-relative-youngsters as the Cincinnati Bengals’ Carson Palmer, who is in his fifth season, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, who already has won a Super Bowl, and the Chicago Bears’ exasperating Rex Grossman of the reigning NFC champs. Then there are such up-and-comers as 49ers third-year pro Alex Smith, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, Buffalo’s J.P. Losman, the Bills’ first first-round quarterback selection since Kelly, and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ David Garrard, who is in his sixth season and unseated Byron Leftwich. Waiting for a chance are guys like Aaron Rodgers, who might be turning blue in the face waiting for Favre to retire, and rookies Brady Quinn in Cleveland and JaMarcus Russell – whenever this year’s No. 1 pick comes to terms with the Raiders. Perhaps not since the days of the Super Bowl itself being longer than the pregame show has the NFL been so loaded with young, exciting and potential-laden stars under center. But is it simply a cyclical thing, or is this crop of quarterbacks sure to outshine previous generations? Remember, 10 years ago this week, Sports Illustrated proclaimed the then-AFC Central as the NFL’s hippest division with such stud quarterbacks as the Steelers’ Kordell Stewart, the Oilers’ Steve McNair, the Jaguars’ Mark Brunell, the Bengals’ Jeff Blake and the Ravens’ Vinny Testaverde. There was not a single Hall of Famer among them. “Three things are happening,” Raiders senior administrator Artie Gigantino said. “Colleges are doing a better job of preparing guys. The option (offense) is out; nobody really runs the option anymore, so with the style of offenses that are out there, guys are coming into the league better prepared.” The rise of offseason organized team activities also is a factor and helps more than sending a player to the now-defunct NFL Europa, Gigantino said. “And third, guys are staying healthier,” Gigantino added. “Look at Manning and Brady. Those guys don’t miss a game. One thing you have to notice is you can’t win in the last 10 years without a great quarterback. Sure, Baltimore won it on the strength of their defense, but Trent Dilfer was more than efficient.” Jim Hostler, the 49ers’ offensive coordinator who is in his eighth NFL season, said the rise of so many young quarterbacks is typical, what with coaches turning over so rapidly. “When coaches turn over faster, players turn over faster,” Hostler said. “And the first player a new coach wants to change is the quarterback. You don’t have a lot of stability.” Which could explain the flameouts of recent first-round busts Ryan Leaf and Tim Couch. Don Yee, Brady’s agent, was pragmatic when asked about so many young starting quarterbacks across the league and saw “nothing unusual” in the trend. “There’s a difference between getting an opportunity to play and actually being good,” Yee said. “The myth in the NFL, at least in my view, is the best player plays.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since the NFL’s merger in 1970, you could not mention Bart Starr without throwing in Len Dawson, a dash of Joe Namath and a hint of Johnny Unitas. What would Fran Tarkenton have been without Bob Griese, Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw and Dan Fouts? And, of course, besides stonewashed jeans, big hair and the outstanding music of the 1980s, you had Joe Montana, John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly in the “Me Decade,” with Warren Moon serving as a bridge to Troy Aikman and Steve Young in the ’90s. These days, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the Canton-bound standard bearers, even as it seems Brett Favre, entering his 17th season in Green Bay, took over under center from Starr. Yet there is something of a chill in the air on the eve of the 2007 NFL season, a seeming changing of the guard when it comes to the game’s glamour position. Consider: Fifteen of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks are in their fifth season or fewer in the league, the equivalent of being a redshirt senior in college. And really, isn’t that when a signal caller is supposed to peak in that environment? Plus, of those 15, seven will start their teams’ season openers for the first time.