After the rise in mobile Quarter Backs over the last two years, Schaub is till confident that the traditional pocket passer will remain a pinnacle of the position.
Over the last two years, we have seen a dramatic change in the role of a Quarterback. Long gone are the days of Drew Bledsoe and Kerry Collins, who were as immobile as trees, and in come the mobile QB.
Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have started a revolution of QB’s that can be just as dangerous on their feet as they can with their arms.
They are forcing teams to rethink their defensive strategies, to try and contain these Quarterbacks.
Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub believes the ‘pocket passer’ Quarterback is still very much part of the game.
“In this league, it comes down to being able to stand in the pocket and make the throws and be able to take a hit in the pocket,” Schaub said.
“You see certain talents coming out now — the RG3s, Russell Wilson — certain guys and certain types. Colin Kaepernick finished the season extremely well — these type of players that can do a little bit of everything and do it well.
“It comes down to being a great decision-maker, and making those throws, being accurate, because you can’t substitute for those things.
“But you can see things happening, but offenses have to develop as well, whether there’s the blocking schemes and being able to run things of that nature and have the running backs for it. A lot goes into it just more than the quarterback’s skills.
“But you see things evolving and things changing but I think it’ll be hard to ever fully replace a pocket passer.”
The points that the Texans QB makes above are all very valid. Mobile QB’s may be able to take off with their speed, however sometimes they are required to stay in the pocket and stay calm under the oncoming pressure, something that only comes naturally to a pocket passer.
The game is changing and the new type of Quarterback is just another revolution at the position, and before long there will be another one. The one thing that has remained is the pocket passer, and it will continue to remain so long as the league exists.