How does the playbook change with a more mobile quarterback?
If the Houston Texans had a young mobile quarterback like Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick or Cam Newton, how would Gary Kubiak utilize them into his offensive system? Would we be able to run a variation of the Pistol Offense like the Redskins do? The Redskins run the same offense as we do except they throw in a few extra wrinkles to better suit their athletic quarterback.
Let's just say the Houston Texans are lucky enough to draft Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M in a few years (Johnny Football is the type of mobile quarterback I'm talking about), would his impact and leadership skills be enough to save Gary Kubiak's job? How can we play a more exciting brand of offensive football than the same boring and predictable offense we see week after week with slow-footed Matt Schaub under center?
It seems like Kubiak is tied down to this "sink or swim" mentality with Matt Schaub and rightfully so. He brought him in here but that was back before the 2007 season started. Six years later and it's almost time for us to be looking for our next savior at the position. Which in today's game will likely have to be somebody who can not only pass in the pocket but have the ability to run for big yardage as well. Today's young quarterback has to have the threat of picking up a third-down conversion with his legs, adding that extra element of surprise that opposing defenses have to game plan for. Even the best pass rushers struggle to stop an athletic quarterback who's a threat to run.
It's sort of scary to think the Indianapolis Colts have Andrew Luck situated in place for the next decade and we're not quite as lucky at the moment. And mind you, Luck is very much a mobile quarterback even if he's viewed as a pocket passer. At the NFL combine, Luck posted some incredible stats that were on par with both Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III.
Now granted, if we're lucky enough to draft Johnny Manziel in a few years, trading up for him and not necessarily being awful enough to pick number one overall, that can instantly change our franchise outlook. But right now we don't have a quarterback of the future. Schaub is aging and Yates isn't good enough to lead us into the next decade. I don't think Case Keenum is a future NFL starter either. At best, I see a career third-stringer in Keenum. Good local kid who the Texans should always keep as a third-string, league minimum paid QB but nothing more.
Without a long-term quarterback, I don't see Gary Kubiak staying our head coach for much longer. At least not past 2016 if he's unable to snag a franchise quarterback during the next three drafts.