Just what qualifies a quarterback as a "game manager" anyway?
Somewhere along the line, labeling a quarterback as a game manager became somewhat of a derogatory comment. Where it once was a compliment of sorts, giving this title to a quarterback now seems to be the equivalent of saying he has little or no talent. It appears that any time a team rises to national prominence without an elite level quarterback, he immediately morphs into a game manager in the eyes of public perception.
As luck would have it, Alabama's A.J. McCarron has been given this moniker by more than a few members of the national media. Google search "A. J." along with "game manager" and you will find an endless list of articles slapping McCarron with the unflattering title.
What we must realize is that being a game-managing quarterback is not such a bad thing. Alabama has had quite a bit of success with them in recent history. And with Alabama ushering in a new and overly inexperienced group of receivers in 2012, a game manager is exactly what this team needs.