Game ManagersJuly 15th, 2014
Joe keeps hearing people parrot this nonsense of quarterbacks as “game managers,” And it almost always comes from the same crowd, the type who hate offensive football and buy in to this myth that you can win championships with defense.
(“Your honor, Joe enters into court Exhibit-A: Father Dungy’s offensive offenses with the Bucs in January games.”)
Maybe it is not meant to be or maybe it’s just Joe, but this title “game manager” sure has a terribly negative connotation. It’s almost like saying, “We can only trust the guy to hand the ball off and if this guy has to drop back to pass, hide the women and children.”
This fire in Joe was ignited by former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik recently when he spoke on SiriusXM NFL Radio during an otherwise enlightening look at quarterbacks.
Dominik, co-hosting “The Blitz” with Howard David last week, suggested that if Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown is a middle of the pack quarterback, then the Bucs have a decent shot at winning the NFC South.
“Here is where I think the National Football League is at: There are four or five guys you can just give the ball to the quarterback and say, ‘Go win the game.’ And they can do it. I think there are another group of guys, 15 or 18, that you say, ‘Just don’t lose the game for us.’ And they can do it. And then you have the rest.
“And then you’ve got the rest. You are just hoping every week they don’t lose the game. You are not sure they can win it but you hope they just don’t lose the game. That is where I think Tampa has to be. They have to be in that middle group. Guys that are game managers.
“That is what I think Lovie Smith is going to want. A game manager who can do the right thing. There’s another down, it’s OK to punt. Our blueprint to win the Super Bowl was that with Brad Johnson, and I think that’s where Josh McCown is and I think Lovie Smith [believes] Josh McCown is. And I think that is what Mike Glennon can be.”
Joe has no gripe with Dominik’s comments. But this game manager tripe is a loser mentality. “Hey, it’s alright. We can punt. It’s all good.” No!
Yes, Joe can understand if a play is not there and a quarterback throws the ball away rather than forcing a pass and getting it picked. But never, ever should a punt ever be considered a positive on offense.
What happens when you tell somebody over and over failure is OK? That becomes the standard.
And late in the game when you need to march 80 yards or lose the game, what kind of confidence can a team have in a quarterback who has been programmed to accept failure? That’s backwards! That’s like telling a pitcher it is fine to walk batters rather than give up a double. Technically true, but now the pitcher isn’t focused on location. All of a sudden the guy walks the bases loaded and now you expect him to throw strikes?
You can’t be a winning quarterback playing with your tail between your legs. This game manager nonsense sure smells to Joe like a team is trying to hide a quarterback. If Joe was a quarterback and anyone called him a game manager, Joe would be insulted.