Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
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.)
let me put it another way, the pocket passer is always evolving into a more athletic specimen because defensive players evolve, bigger, stronger, faster. Just for applicable comparison as prospects, coming into the NFL compare Tom Bradys numbers to Blake Bortles. Doesn't mean Bortles develops into Brady just saying coming into the process he is physically more athletic, bigger, stronger, faster. Both pocket passers right, yet I've seen Blake flushed out of the pocket & take off down field for premium yardage, just nobody talks about it much. Gives him an edge in adaptability department to how the game has evolved with freakishly athletically players every position.