Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 10/21/14
In the past several years, there’s been an intense focus on the quarterback position, and such a focus isn’t unwarranted either. Teams featuring an elite passer are nearly always in the playoffs, and as anyone who has been watching the NFL for some time knows, once you’re in the show, anything can happen. Last year, the Super Bowl was a contest between two teams featuring less-than-elite quarterbacks, something that has become a bit of a rarity in recent years. More recently, quarterback trends have shown a shift from elite pocket passers to super-athletic quarterbacks that can make plays with their feet and arm. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the shift in focus has taken place. The simple, and most definitive reason, deals with the availability of elite passers versus scramblers. Every year, there’s a few scrambling quarterbacks that have the ability to gash teams with their legs as well as down the field in the passing game. Truly elite quarterbacks are found far less oft...
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