Everyone keeps talking about how players in college aren’t suited for the NFL game. Players get criticized for not taking snaps under center in college. Quarterbacks run too much in college. Oh he’s a run first and pass second quarterback. The problem is that the college game has evolved into a mobile quarterback’s dream.
Let’s just call it the Michael Vick effect. You can even credit it to Charlie Ward. Before those guys quarterbacks who could run, really couldn’t throw the ball too. They were one dimensional and were destined to play another position on the next level. The quarterback position was reserved for the smart guy on the team who had a big arm and was not fast enough to be the primary ball carrier.
Now college football is all about the triple threat. Very few teams have traditional quarterbacks. The NFL still insists on staying very vanilla and traditional. Teams are reluctant to invest in a quarterback who isn’t a Joe Montana or Brett Favre prototype. It’s too bad for the game that they won’t evolve, because eventually the well is going to run dry. You will have a league full of guys like Jeff George who will be playing far past their prime if the NFL doesn’t begin to adapt.
I know people who are traditionalist will say that you shouldn’t invest a ton of money on a guy that can get hurt running too much. To me this is just a blessing in disguise. Now the value of the position can come down. No more 60 million dollar contracts for signal callers who run. You can bring that value down to running back value which is pretty darn cheap. How many Tim Tebow’s are out there? The game has evolved. Find yourself guys like that who can fill multiple voids on rosters.
Those teams that covet Andrew Luck but don’t want to tank a season trying to get him can have other things to look at. The beauty of the whole situation is that there will be more athletic quarterbacks coming through the pipe line and you can play them at wide receiver or other positions if they are athletic enough. Look at guys like Seneca Wallace who has made a living doing both.
Like it or not, the athletic quarterback is here to stay in college football and as long as the athletic quarterback continues to win national championships, you can expect more teams to follow suit.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!