Mobile QBs Not So Radical Anymore

Mobile QBs Not So Radical Anymore

Not too long ago, the NFL would've shunned a quarterback matchup like this one. Russell Wilson vs. Colin Kaepernick, two young, dual threat quarterbacks who sometimes carry their offenses outside of the pocket? Entrusting contending teams with quarterbacks who r-r-run? In the NFL's conservative, cookie-cutter quarterback past, it would've been a radical thought.

 

It would've been more acceptable to call a fake punt with a 30-point lead.

 

Now, though, the diverse traits of Wilson and Kaepernick are essential to the Seahawks' and San Francisco 49ers' postseason hopes.

 

On Sunday night, before a national television audience, with NFC West bragging rights and maybe even NFL top-dog status at stake, you'll witness one of the great story lines of this season: The stigma of the mobile quarterback is starting to diminish significantly.

 

You must qualify that statement with the word "starting" because it takes a long time to eliminate preconceived notions. In fact, this has been a decades-long pursuit for athlete quarterbacks, many of whom happen to be African-American. But while many fleet-footed signal callers — from Randall Cunningham to Steve Young to Michael Vick — have had success over the past 30 years, the current movement is different on two levels: There are more of this breed making an impact at once, and teams have never been more committed to building offenses around their skill sets instead of pigeonholing them into inflexible offenses.

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