NFL: They Say Speed Kills, So Why The Lack of Mobile Quarterbacks in The League?

September 19, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Watching the start of the college football season and seeing the success of quarterbacks such as Michigan's Denard Robinson got me thinking why there aren't mobile quarterbacks utilized more in the NFL.
Denard 'Shoelace' Robinson is the early star of the college football season after leading Michigan to a 3-0 record and collecting 559 yards rushing, 258 of which came in an amazing performance against Notre Dame.
One of the hardest things to defend against is a quarterback who can tuck the ball under and gain yards rushing. Just the threat of a rushing quarterback can also open up the passing game. A linebacker or safety will usually be assigned the role of QB 'spy,' which takes a man out of coverage.
With the threat of the quarterback run, defenses will also squeeze down and play closer, leaving them vulnerable to the deep pass. And if defenses back off, the quarterback can pick up yards with his feet.
I think the main reason why teams don't opt ...

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