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

Jonathan FrayneContributor ISeptember 19, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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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 for the more mobile quarterbacks is because of questions about their passing.

Guys like Michael Vick and Vince Young aren't the most accurate passers, and have been known to make errant throws. Yes, Vick and Young aren't the best passers in the league, but they can make things happen and win games.

Vince Young is 27-13 as a starter and MIchael Vick is 38-28-1. The ability to escape pressure and turn a broken down pass play into a long run is a rare talent, and should be honed rather than discouraged. The mobile quarterbacks are coached to keep their eyes downfield and focus on passing rather than make plays with their feet.

I'm not saying that teams should all turn to mobile quarterbacks and start running the speed option. I just think mobile quarterbacks should be given more of a chance in the league and teams could benefit by having a fast quarterback on the roster and running a few plays with him.

It just gives defenses more to think about.

Too many quarterbacks are coming out of college and being converted to wide receiver without being given a chance to play under center.

Armanti Edwards had a stellar career at Appalachian State, breaking all kinds of records and rushing for 65 touchdowns. It's not as if he was a poor passer either, completing 65 percent of his passes and throwing for 74 touchdowns in his career.

But after being drafted by the Panthers in the 2010 NFL Draft, it looks like he will be converted to a receiver. Pat White remained at quarterback, but despite an amazing career at West Virginia, he was never really given a chance by the Dolphins and released after one season.

With Eagles QB Michael Vick, Browns QB Seneca Wallace, and Steelers QB Dennis Dixon all set to start this week, I'll be keeping a close eye on these mobile quarterbacks and whether they can perform well and give NFL coaches something to think about.