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There are several pure athletes playing QB in the NFL now. They are looked upon to be agile, intelligent, accurate, great leaders, and countless other things. So, like traditional decathlon rules, line up 10 events, take the 6 QBs voted into the Pro Bowl and have them compete.
Each event would be scored on a point system. Which would take a few years to perfect, but at least the excitement of having a real competition would draw more attention to the weekend.
Let's be honest, the quarterback rating still isn't perfect (let's not even talk about the BCS formula!) so a few years of tinkering with a sliding scale of points won't really bother fans.
1. Standing Throw - a pure distance event. Plant two feet on the goal line and chuck the ball as far down the field as you can. Easy! Also, the same exact amount of defensive pressure as is allowed in the Pro Bowl.
2. Sideline Run - some QBs rely on their legs much more than others, and some decathletes rely more on javelin throwing than their pole vaulting. In any case, it's important for a QB to be able to at least move. This drill lines them up on a hash mark, they take a 5 step drop and on a whistle/gun they run to the far sideline to get out of bounds. Time it and score it. The 40-yard dash could be subbed in here, but that's also boring.
3. Coverage Test - this is a pure test of recognition. The QBs will all be given the same exact test. A picture will flash on a screen for .5 seconds and the QB must write down the coverage they saw. The scores are tallied, weighed in the magical QB decathlon scale and the points are distributed.
4. Quickness - taking a snap from an upright coach, each QB will drop back 5 steps. There will be 8 different targets on the field, far more than usual to add confusion, when they plant their last step one will light up. The QB must throw towards the target and hit it. This is a quickness of mind and release test because the target will only stay lit for a moment. If it is hit after the light goes out it does not count. This is not an accuracy test so the targets will be very large.
5. Accuracy - this test is the good old-fashioned blue-chalk-tipped-football thrown at a target. Pick a few different areas: flats, post, post-corner, fade, back shoulder, etc.
6. Punt Distance - because why not? Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady can't be the only QBs in the league who have ever punted a ball in their lives! Just a pure distance punt. It'd be fun to watch Peyton Manning or Cam Newton punt a ball, wouldn't it?
7. Opposite Arm Accuracy - much easier than the other accuracy test, 2-3 targets top. Eli Manning and Brett Favre come to mind as recent QBs who, mistakenly, believe it's a good idea to toss the ball with their off hand every now and again. Why not prove to everyone why that is a always a mistake.
8. Half Mile - long distance endurance is decidedly unimportant, which would make this a fun event.
9. Fastball - and I'm talking baseballs too. I want to see who can throw heat. Nolan Ryan used to warm up with a football. He threw over 100 mph at times, and even though there is absolutely no correlation, it would just be more fun than the Pro Bowl.
10. Step Depth - it's like a strange version of the broad jump, only sidestepping backwards. Who can get the most depth on a 5 step drop? Like all other events, it's scored on a sliding scale.
Once all 10 events have happened, tally the scores and see who is the complete package. It means nothing. It will not tell us who the best QB is in the league. It will say basically nothing. At the same time, I would actually watch it and I think a lot of fans would.