Sure, it just happened Monday. But, for player personnel experts and casual fans alike, Michael Vick’s jaw-dropping performance against the Redskins was enough to herald a new era of QB play in the NFL.
It wasn’t long ago that seven-step drops and high Wunderlich test scores were the hallmark of a Pro Bowl quarterback. But with more signal-callers hitting the 4,000-yard mark each year and zone blitz schemes ratcheting-up the pressure from every angle, running QBs are more valuable than ever before.
The last 10 years have seen run-first quarterbacks like Kordell Stewart, Randall Cunningham and Daunte Culpepper choose between staying in the pocket and staying home. Scores of successful mobile college QBs have either switched to wide receiver or been released (I’m looking at you, Pat White).
But in a copycat league, Vick’s performance Monday will have pro personnel directors looking harder than ever for the next accurate passer who can pick-up big yardage when a play breaks down.
Think I’m wrong? Here are seven reasons why you should root hard for your team to find the next elite running QB…