Regardless of which teams win the NFL conference titles, Super Bowl 48 will be a matchup between the “establishment” and the “new wave”.
We’ve been told for years that winning quarterbacks in the NFL operate out of the pocket. Running is the last option. Throwing the ball away is smarter than tucking it and running. No quarterbacks in the history of the NFL have done just that better than the two who’ll face off in the AFC Championship Game, Denver’s Peyton Manning and New England’s Tom Brady.
The guys who’ll face off in the NFC Championship Game haven’t been listening to that advice. Seattle’s Russell Wilson and San Francisco’s Colin Kapernick win with both their arms and legs. No quarterback is better at extending plays with his legs than Wilson. No quarterback is a more effective runner than Kapernick.
The change in the style of quarterback play has been on the upswing for a few years now. There have always been some mobile quarterbacks but few ran for the sake of running. That changed with the arrival of No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton in Carolina three years ago. It gained steam with the arrival of Robert Griffin II in Washington, Kapnerick in San Francisco and Russell in Seattle.
All have made positive impacts on their teams. But none has won a Super Bowl.
That could change in Super Bowl 48, and that could signal the changing of how the NFL QB position is played and how NFL quarterback prospects are viewed.
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