Last season, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III came onto the scene and showed how dangerous a duel threat quarterback could truly be. Now, Griffin believes that running quarterbacks, as apposed to conventional dropback passers, are here to stay.
According to Griffin, via ESPN, the NFL is evolving this way because of the recent adoption of college strategies:
College has drifted away from the dropback passer. Griffin said. So you see less and less of guys that can’t move a little bit at the college ranks, which makes it harder to get those guys in the pros. If you look at some of the top college quarterbacks that are coming out now, all of them can move a little bit.
Certainly, dropback passers can still be successful in the NFL. Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan are all quarterbacks that are having great seasons this year, but aren’t going to be running away from to0 many defenders. To Griffin’s point, a slew of younger quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Geno Smith, Ryan Tannehill, EJ Manuel, Cam Newton, Jake Locker, and Terrelle Pryor do fit this running quarterback mold. Andrew Luck, while more of a pocket passer, does have the athleticism to run as well.
According to Griffin:
You don’t have to have world-class speed, but as long as you can move a little bit and threaten the defense with your legs, it helps. I don’t think that quarterbacks like Peyton are going to be extinct ever, but I think there is a shift going to guys that can move a little bit. When you have got 6-[-foot]6, 6-7, 290-pound defensive ends running 4.4s, it’s kind of hard to just sit back there in the pocket.