Originally posted on The Scores Report  |  Last updated 10/17/11
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (L) talks with head coach Bill Belichick during a timeout in the third quarter of NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami, Florida September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL) The quarterback has always been the most important position in pro football, even in the days when the running game was dominant. Many fans don’t realize that quarterbacks called all the plays as late as the 1970s and into the early 1980s. So even if offenses weren’t quite as complex back then and great teams had excellent running games, having a field general like Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw or Roger Staubach was critical. As the NFL evolved into a more pass-happy league, an evolution that has accelerated in the last ten years with rules protecting the quarterbacks and defenseless receivers, the importance of the quarterback has only been magnified. This reality makes the relationship between the head coach and th...
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