The Death of the Quarterback "Why Are The Number of Elite QBs Shrinking"

Cyril QuinnContributor IJuly 4, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10:  Quarterback Shaun Hill #13 of the San Francisco 49ers leaves the field agaisnt the Arizona Cardinals during the game at University of Phoenix Stadium on November, 10 2008 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals won 29-24.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

In the NFL there has always been some great quarterbacks and some not so great quarterbacks; but I do not ever remember a time where there have been so many mediocre ones. In 2008 you had names like J.T O Sullivan and Tyler Thigpen start for their respective teams, there was a time where those two guys among others who started would have been back-ups in the CFL.

It would be a stretch to say that there are 12 quality quarterbacks in the NFL and as far as how many of them are elite cut that number in half. The easy answer would be to blame the teams for poor drafting, but from 2000 to 2008 there have been 113 quarterbacks drafted and 21 are currently starting, and keep in mine that many of the quarterbacks who did not pan out were late round draft picks. It is not all on the organizations who have drafted the quarterbacks, I questioned the number of quality quarterbacks that are coming out of college.

 I blame a of this on the spread offense which is chalking up National Championships but has hindered the development of college quarterbacks; this offense is used by over half the BCS conference teams and is only getting more popular by the year. It takes the pressure off the quarterback because for the most part they are throwing short passes and not taking the three-, five or even seven-step drops that NFL quarterbacks take. The NFL for the most part has shyed away from taking quarterbacks who played in the spread, of the 11 quarterbacks drafted this year only one Pat White ran the spread; but soon the NFL may not have the option but to take more quarterbacks who run the spread .

I can not blame college coaches because their job is not to develop NFL ready quarterbacks; it is winning football games and they have clearly sacrificed the quarterback development for victories.

The only thing that might saved the NFL is if more top High School quarterbacks start recognizing that the best way to get drafted is going to a school that runs a pro-style offense; but that is asking a lot, and the truth of the matter is many top high school quarterbacks are great athletes, and the spread offense appeals to that kind of player. I hope everyone enjoys watching the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning because in five to ten years they maybe the last of their kind.