Originally Posted by beerlover
It all depends on the system, coaching, timing of situation & supporting cast. moving forward I don't see either as athleticly gifted as direction league is headed. These are the twilight years/days of Manning & Brady, just as it was for Farve, Staubach, Bradshaw, Tarkington you name them. Now are the days of speed, athletic prowess, strong arm QB's. Flacco was just the tip of the iceberg, then was Kapernick now Russell Wilson. Next could be Bortles, Manziel or Bridgewater, after that its a complete crap shoot, which is why Texans must get the right QB with their first pick, even if they trade down. Personally its not worth risking if he is there. I don't see McCarron being much better than a Dalton or Colt McCoy. Mettenberger like Gabbert can throw the rock but poor pocket presence, gotta be able to move or create time with your feet.
But this happens every decade or so. The athletic QB is going to make the pocket passer a dinosaur. There was Tarkenton, then there was Staubach and Bradshaw, and then there was Stabler and Joe Theismann, and then there was John Elway and Randall Cunningham and Steve McNair and Steve Young and Donovan McNabb and Mike Vick and every generation, these running QBs are supposed to take over and re-write everything.
Every generation there are Peyton Mannings and Tom Bradys and Dan Marinos and Kenny Andersons and so on and so forth.
Pocket passers aren't going to go out of style. A guy who can read a defense and stand in and complete passes is going to be a success and in general, they're going to be more successful than someone who's more of a runner. The runners are going to be successful when they learn how to be more of a pocket passer (like Elway, like Young, like Cunningham.)