The pocket passing quarterback is becoming obsolete at the college level and the NFL level. In the past few years, there has been a rise of mobile athletic quarterbacks at both levels. Pure passers such as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, are becoming more uncommon. The league is being taken over by scramblers like RG III, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaerpernick. Scrambling quarterbacks will dominate the league in the next few years. The scrambling quarterback is very tough for defenses to stop if the quarterback can find the right balance and keep the defense on their toes. Most fans find the scrambling quarterback the most exciting thing to watch. This is because you never know what will happen when they take the field. There are cross combinations of the scrambler and pocket passers such as Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tony Romo. This combination of quarterbacks aren’t as mobile as your scrambler, but can move around the pocket if necessary to get a throw off. The scrambler usually tends to have more injury prone careers such as Michael Vick and rookie Robert Griffin III who’s season was cut short by an injury last season. The scrambling quarterback has been most successful at the college level as where at in the NFL the traditional quarterback has the most success. Eventually people will look back at highlights of Brady, Manning, and other pure pocket passers and complain that they’re boring or too one dimensional.
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