What Will It Take to Make Us Realize Wins Are Not an Individual Stat?
Contrary to popular belief each NFL franchise consists of more than just a quarterback.
It seems more and more that television broadcasters and analysts want to focus solely on one position as the reason for a team's success or its failure.
The QB has gone from being the most important player to being the only player on the field that receives notoriety or coverage.
This is an exaggeration of course, but it is grounded in a harsh reality: The NFL is quickly forgetting about every position that does not throw the football.
Let's look at this millennium's MVP winners to help further this argument.
Since 2000 the MVP has been awarded to a QB on 10 different occasions, including each of the last five consecutive years.
Couple this with the fact that penalties and rules have become more friendly towards signal-callers every season and you have serious reason to believe that the league's primary focus is on taking care of its quarterbacks.
Last season alone saw three different QBs throw for 5,000 yards, a feat that had been accomplished just twice in NFL history before the 2011 campaign began.
The days of ground-and-pound running games and a focus on ball control are giving way to highlight reel aerial assaults that take advantage of secondaries.
How many 5,000 yard passers will there be in 2012?
Fans care about stars, and in most cases that means they favor the man under center.
The NFL is fully aware of this and knows where its proverbial bread is buttered.
Seven of the top 10 best-selling jerseys in 2011 had the names of QBs on the back.
Yet, somewhere beneath this current distortion of the game lies a truth that so many have already forgotten: A team consists of more than one player.
Wins cannot be earned by the quarterback alone.
Defenses will adjust to rules and adversities as they always have, and running backs will take advantage of the limited opportunities they are given.
It may be a quarterback-friendly game, but it takes an entire team to win.
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