Originally Posted by GuerillaBlack
I don't know about small, mobile QBs being the future of the NFL. Just mobile/more athletic QBs. The days of statues are pretty much done. A QB needs to be able to move around, evade tacklers, scramble a few yards for a first down and maybe more, throw on the run, etc. Harbaugh also went with his gut in picking Kaepernick over Alex Smith. He saw his team becoming stagnant with Smith, and realized that putting in Kaepernick would open up the playbook more and allow for more big plays.
Drew Brees is small, he's done OK.
The bigger guys tend to get hit harder, IMO. I think guys like Brees and Wilson will play longer than guys like Cam and RGIII because of height issues. The smaller guys tend to find ways to avoid the hits when running, and the taller guys tend to not protect themselves as much.
Goodell, for better or for worse, is basically making the NFL into the Arena League but with the pageantry of the NFL. Sling the ball all day long.