Little Patience For Pocket PassersJanuary 31st, 2014
Mobile quarterbacks don’t just buy time on the field — they also buy time for their careers. That was the word from potential Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner.
Warner and Joe talked about quarterback play at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday. Warner deeply feels the challenge facing immobile young QBs like Mike Glennon. Warner says he was that guy.
Warner’s Greatest Show on Turf had nothing to do with Warner using his legs. He averaged less than 1.5 carries per start during his career.
In today’s game, the patience for a pocket passer is thinning, per Warner, because the multi-dimensional QB likely will get more time to prove himself and, subsequently, more time to develop.
“I think, just based on this new age of quarterback, the quarterback that has the ability to move, has the ability to create, I think that buys you time now in the NFL that guys like me didn’t really have,” Warner said. “I mean, pocket passers, you didn’t have a chance to make a lot of mistakes in the pocket, because if you make a mistake in the pocket, it’s an interception; it’s going the other direction. Young quarterbacks that are athletic, but now they’re not really sure what they’re seeing, or really sure where to throw it to, now you tuck it and run and you tuck it and create a play; and I think those guys are having a lot more success early in their careers than just prototypical, dropback quarterbacks do. So, yeah, I think it’s going to create opportunities for these guys to grow and have a little bigger learning curve because of it versus the pocket passer.”
Warner had instant, huge success when he finally got his shot in St. Louis at 27 years old.
Guys in the Mike Glennon mold also will need quick results in order to keep starting jobs, Warner said, especially when they aren’t top draft picks.
Joe agrees with Warner that a dual-threat QB will get more rope to prove himself. It’s an interesting analysis.
Fair or not, those are the demands of owners and fans. Hope and/or results are necessary, and an immobile QB often looks a lot worse than a mobile one when he’s struggling. Heck, Josh Freeman likely gets another job in the NFL likely, in part, because a team will believe he can scramble effectively and improvise.