As the new mobile quarterback and read-option emerge in the NFL behind youngsters Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton, many are wondering if “pocket passers” are a thing of the past. Matt Schaub, a pocket passer, things this new “evolution” of mobile quarterbacks is a gimmick and not here to stay.
Of course as a pocket passer how could you say that your style of play is obsolete. That’d be career suicide in any field, but nevertheless he defended the pocket passer on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, via Sports Radio Interviews.
“In this league, it comes down to being able to stand in the pocket and make the throws and be able to take a hit in the pocket. You see certain talents coming out now — the RG3s, Russell Wilson — certain guys and certain types. Colin Kaepernick finished the season extremely well — these type of players that can do a little bit of everything and do it well. It comes down to being a great decision-maker, and making those throws, being accurate, because you can’t substitute for those things. But you can see things happening, but offenses have to develop as well, whether there’s the blocking schemes and being able to run things of that nature and have the running backs for it. A lot goes into it just more than the quarterback’s skills. But you see things evolving and things changing but I think it’ll be hard to ever fully replace a pocket passer.”
While Schaub has had some sexy numbers as a quarterback for the Houston Texans he’s also missed a lot of games from “taking hits” in the pocket.