Each year, increased attention is given to NFL offenses and, in particular, the quarterback position. But regardless of rule changes and the emphasized value in pocket protection, quarterbacks, by nature of the job, are placed in a great degree of harm’s way.
In a season where everyone is looking at the Colt’s unfortunate quarterback situation, teams are giving more attention to their own futures at the position. Teams always have to prepare for the unthinkable; as an example at the highest level, the New England Patriots have taken out Brady-insurance in the form of Ryan Mallet (third round pick).
Increasingly, young quarterbacks are viewed as more than just insurance. Look at Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Mark Sanchez! All quarterbacks who have been able to lead at a young age. These young athletes began their athletic development so early on that they often have faced the rigors and scrutiny that go along with the position for the better part of their lives. We should no longer doubt the readiness and experience of today’s young quarterback.
The days of Ryan Leaf are over. Here is the next generation of studs at the quarterback position.