Let me take you back to your childhood, to the age of backyard football. My fathers generation acted out the roles of Roger Staubach, and Joe Theismann, and my generation wanted to be Peyton Manning, or Tom Brady. The backyard league allowed one kid in the neighborhood to rise to fame and cul-de-sac glory. Then it always seems, that a new kid would move in down the road, and for a while wins the awards for first picked, or “all time quarterback”, but as time will tell, the old champion of the streets would rise back to the spot as the new kid succumbs to the old ways of the league.
Football is glorious. It is humble. It allows for the occasional rebellion against its ways. The quarterback position has in recent years been challenged by a new wave of player that has thus far strongly sought out to change the face of the most coveted position in sports. In college, we have seen the mystifying ways of this new type of quarterback come in huge lines of success. Names like Johnny Manziel come to mind as these “mobile pocket passers”, and have found great colligate success. But let us take a peek into the next level…
The NFL has seen a boom in this style of quarterback in the last two years, and was beginning to see a huge change in momentum. Remember what I said about football being humble? Well the game has willingly stepped aside to watch as these new styled men attempt to take over the game. Then it laughs to itself as the game immediately shuts them down. Last season Robert Griffin III was a tremendous threat. He took an awful Redskins team and lead them to the playoffs for the first time in five years. He was a joy to watch and a thrill for defenses across the league. Now look at the guy. So much talent, but wasted on a position that he should have never played. College success, glory and talent, all thrown to the ground by defenses due to the fact that he can’t protect himself. Quarterbacks have a pocket for a reason. To protect the most valuable player on the field.
Collin Kapernick who many could say has had success can show a statistical anomaly to my statements above. However, with four lost fumbles, seven interceptions, and twenty four shots behind the line of scrimmage, even the “best” out of pocket quarterback has put up some pretty meager numbers.
The “revolution” of 2012 and 2013 has quickly died down. ESPN reporters are now struggling to find the justified evidence to show that the wave has been successful. Sure, there have been top ten plays made by these valiant efforts. There have been games won by these quarterbacks. But there have been interceptions, fumbles, and countless injuries to men who don’t belong behind an offensive line. It has been seen as almost a comedy act that the new wave of player has sought to “revolutionize the way we view the quarterback”. Defenses were baffled at first, yet have quickly adjusted and are now able to read these quarterbacks like the latest issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids.
Football isn’t changing. Legends didn’t become legends for nothing. The game has been the same for generations, and soon the ways of old will be the king of the game once more. So in your sons sandlot league, tell that new kid in town to pack his bags and head home. This revolution is truly what makes legends like Dan Marino laugh.
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