View Full Version : College QBs:'Intangibles' make the man

04-24-2008, 01:23 PM
How college quarterbacks transition is hard to figure

This is the story of what you see.

The story of arm strength and touchdowns, of campus victories and bowl-game glory.

The story of headlines and prime time.

"You watch a guy play, watch him perform," Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden said. "You see what he does in a lot of different situations."

Ah, but this also is a story of what you cannot see.

The story of perseverance and confidence, of work ethic and professionalism. A story of luck, composure and the day-to-day wrestling with pressure.

The story of trying to find an NFL quarterback.

"You just don't know about the intangibles," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "How do people react under pressure? A lot of times, it has to do with the supporting cast, but can he handle the pressure? The way you get scrutinized on a day-to-day basis, how they interact with the team.

"There are just so many things about a quarterback you may not know until he's actually with you."

There is the rub. No position on an NFL draft board is scouted harder, none where more data are compiled, none where so many precautions are taken.

And perhaps none where the failures have been so spectacular and public.

"The people who are coming after you today at quarterback are a lot more athletic - bigger, stronger, faster - than when I played," Kubiak said. "These guys see athletes across the board we didn't see.


04-24-2008, 01:52 PM
"Our game is very difficult, from a scheme standpoint," said Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, a former quarterback. "There's so many things that go with playing that position. You're a coach on the field. You're the face of the organization. You take on a lot of responsibility. There's a lot of pressure. There are so many things that go with it, as compared to other positions."

A poll of the league's coaches and general managers indicates that it is the off-the-field issues, the pressures, criticisms and constant evaluation inside and outside of the locker room in a modern 2 4/7 media cycle that have derailed some young quarterbacks.

some shanahan quotes too