Re: Why do some great college QBs fail in the NFL?
The college game allows a QB to compensate for a lot of flaws and weaknesses in their game that will get them eaten alive in the NFL.
VY is a classic case in point. His pure athleticism could make up for his inability to read defenses pre-snap or to make consistently tight throws in college. But, in the NFL, those weaknesses get exposed and exploited to the point that a one-trick pony has very little to offer if they do not have the ability to learn new tricks.
I think two primary factors that you see in the great NFL QBs is consistent accuracy and the clutch factor. Regardless of what they do in college or even early in their NFL careers, the great QBs all share the common traits of being cool under pressure (especially game-winning drives pressure) and avoiding stupid mistakes with accurate passes.
What the NFL requires of QBs to be championship successful is much more narrowly defined than what college level requires to be very successful. Add in the much faster speed of the game in the NFL and all the various exotic looks defenses show these days, and it is not a wonder why so few college QBs succeed in the pro game.
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