What is the obsession with the pocket passer? Their game remains the same and it’s never elevated to a different level. Yet so called sports analyst are mesmerized by their lack of athleticism and continue to cry foul about the new younger and more athletic quarterback who is referred to as the “running quarterback.” Are you jealous of their athleticism? What is the reason for all of the negativity?
RGIII came into the league and gave the Washington Redskins a spark they have not had since Doug Williams was the quarterback and won the Super Bowl and we know how long ago that was. Yet, this young man has been ridiculed, totally disrespected and unfairly judged because you so called sports analyst refuse to move into the 21st Century and accept that the quarterback position has changed.
Colin Kaepernick worked hard to earn his position as the starting QB of the San Francisco 49ers. He has taken the team to two division championships and the Super Bowl so I’m perplexed as to why sports analysts continue to write and say negative things about him. Prior to Kap, the 49ers were mediocre and Alex Smith in his eight years and a pocket passer had not done anything for the team so what value did his pocket passing skills bring to the Niners? It was the “running quarterback” that made them relevant again. Could it be that since Kap is not the “court jester” you analyst have a problem with him? This is a young man that graduated with honors in Business. However, some of you question his speaking abilities and his intelligence which is just rude and disrespectful.
Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy Winner, came into the league with high expectations but his start was with the Broncos during a very chaotic time. The team was changing coaches so he was never really given a chance and now he is out the league. If he had a coach that knew how to coach a running quarterback he would still be in the league. He should still be a backup quarterback if not a starter somewhere.
Cam Newton, Heisman Trophy Winner, came into the league and excelled as the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. He has played at a high level as a running and passing quarterback for the Panthers and has taken them to the playoffs. He played with broken ribs this season and got the team into the playoffs after a car accident. Yet, sports analyst continue to question his abilities and leadership.
Michael Vick changed the game. He brought excitement to the quarterback position. However, because the league does not want to embrace change he was forced into the “pocket passer” role, which has destroyed the young man’s career. Yes, there is the issue of the dog fighting situation and I am a dog lover and do not condone dog fighting, WHATEVER. That said, his skills were amazing and had he not been forced into a role that did not reflect his true abilities the possibilities were endless.
Johnny Manziel, the newest running quarterback to come into the league. The Browns management is 100% the blame for this young’s man hamstring injury. I will do a separate article on Manziel because it requires more study. He has the abilities but he needs to be with the right organization.
Then we have Russell Wilson who is a running quarterback that none of you would dare say anything too negative about. We all know that you don’t say anything about Russell Wilson because Pete Carroll, aka the “Silver Fox” would take you to task. Also, he could care less about anything sports analysts have to say. Pete Carroll took on the NCAA and won so he’s not concerned about catty comments from sports analysts.
The real problem hindering Kap, Cam, Tim, Johnny and RGIII, are the poor offensive linemen responsible for protecting them, the lack of talented receivers on some of the teams and the coaches that are still stuck in the dark ages.
Case in point, poor Tony Romo, a “pocket passer,” was just battered and beaten until Jerry Jones came to the realization that he needed to build the Cowboys offensive line with better quality players. Hell, I can stand in the pocket and throw the ball if the OL is blocking and giving me all day to throw it. That is why Tom Brady aka cheater, Aaron Rogers, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, have the accuracy they have. It’s not because they are any better or more proficient than Kap, Tim, Cam or RGIII.
Let’s talk Panthers: They had one of the top rated offensive lines last year. A number of those players are no longer there. The Panther organization did not resign the top wide receiver Smith, why? The management has destroyed what made the team good and expects Cam to be able to play at a high level when the talent around him is mediocre, that’s STUPID!!! Anyone with half a brain knows that the team should be built around the quarterback and not vice versa. Pete Carroll got it right and he always does.
How dare you people put Derek Carr in the same category as Kap. He is nowhere near what Kap is and NEVER will be. He plays for the Raiders, the worst team in the league. Quality players don’t want to play for this team so who are you kidding!!! He throws a couple of good passes against the Chiefs and he’s better than Kap, really? Your stupidity confounds me.
Let’s call a spade a spade. This is all about money. These owners don’t want to pay these quarterbacks what they are truly entitled to and worth. They are doing everything they can to sabotage their careers and it’s not’s fair. These young men have worked hard, endured a lot and deserve to be treated better.
Also, as long as the owners continue to recycle the same coaches and not take chances on more college coaches, the QB position will not progress to the changes that have been made on the college level. Owners are still interviewing Mike Shanahan, why? It is well known that he’s not a good coach and he’s certainly not good with the new more athletic QBs. STOP INTERVIEWING THIS MAN!!!
Set forth below is my ranking of your “pocket passing” quarterbacks.
Joe Flacco – Overpaid but has a relatively descent OL so that keeps him in the game.
Eli Manning – Has won two Super Bowls but really. That said, he is also surrounded by a horrible OL so the jury is still out on him.
Geno Smith – Just not NFL material.
Derek Carr – Just not NFL material and plays for the team no one wants to play for.
Brian Hoyer – This is a hard working young man and the media has not been fair to him.
Aaron Rodgers – In the game this season against the Patriots, when Aaron Rodgers ran for some first downs, I was shocked that the analysts were enthralled by his running abilities. It was as if it was something they had never seen before. How interesting!!!
Peyton Manning – Has shattered a number of records, which is great but at the end of the day he’s only won one Super Bowl. I knew last years’ Super Bowl was over when the snap went wrong. As a pocket passer if you can’t handle the rush that was coming from Seattle you’re DOOMED. Had he been able to run, their chances would have been BETTER.
Good but a CHEATER:
Tom Brady – Has not won a Super Bowl since it was discovered the coach was STEALING and SPYING on the other teams. That makes me wonder, how good of a pocket passer is he really? Can he win the big game or any games without cheating? Check out my blog on Tom Brady and Bill Belicheat, yes I said Bill Belicheat not Belichick!!!
Carson Palmer – 35 years old and can’t be counted on to remain healthy so why did he get a $50M contract?
There are a few quarterbacks that I did not mention and I have my reasons.