Cons of a running quarterback


Chris Luck, SPorts Editor

Vince Young, Jamarcus Russell, Robert Griffin III these are just a few of the busts who were categorized as “mobile quarterbacks”, they all had big checks and bright futures ahead of them. What they didn’t know is how tough the NFL really is for the running quarterback.

Tough but not impossible for there have been a few diamonds in the rough such as the great Steve Young, and other solid ones like Russell Wilson, and Michael Vick. The one thing all of these players had in common  is they have a strong accurate arm and are not run first guys.

In college you can have a Quarterback who can’t throw worth a lick, but if he runs a 4.4 40 yard dash he can accel tremendously in offenses which run the “read option.”

The read option is where the Quarterback gets a direct snap and the halfback runs like he is getting the ball the quarterback then reads the Defensive end, if the defensive end comes inside he pulls it and runs himself, if the end hesitates just a second you hand the ball to the halfback. This works well in college because the defensive end usually varies in size and you get ones which are too slow to catch the ball carrier or are too small to play both the quarterback and halfback run.

However when you get into the NFL you run into players like JJ Watt, Mario Williams, and Haloti Ngata they have both size and speed, this leaves you having to rely on your arm as a quarterback just like every other Hall of Famer past.

Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw these are all arguably some of the best Quarterbacks in NFL History and all of them are slower than ticket sales to a WNBA game. All im saying is that if you want a franchise QB who will last more than a few seasons, running quarterbacks are exactly what you do not want.