Can’t Win a Super Bowl with a Managing Quarterback

“Flip a coin and keep flipping it. What are the odds? Half the time it will come up heads, half the time tails. But in that one freakish chance in a million, the coin will land on its edge.” Rod Sterling

I took the previous from the famed TV icon as it best illustrates what would need to happen for a “managing quarterback” to win the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy in todays NFL.  As I peruse pro football, I’m reminded the intended purpose of their teams is Super Bowl glory – hosting the trophy is the ultimate in team achievement. With that said, if you root for either the Houston Texans, New York Jets or the Alex Smith led San Francisco 49ers… I hate to break it to you but your team won’t win it all. Today’s game is slanted toward the elite quarterback more than ever and those likely playoff teams don’t have one. 

Nearly every new rule implemented seems to funnel back to the signal-caller. With such religious rules, those who employ a (managing QB) LOSES the big game before they get started. To dig deeper (pun intended) we must first answer the question… what is a managing quarterback? Answer: A managing QB is a signal caller to whom the coaches play it safe by not putting him in positions that may induce mistakes. This is mainly because the QB has either shown a propensity for mistakes, low experience level, or he lacks the skill sets to complete the tougher throws. Get the picture?  Alex Smith is the poster boy for this description.

49er fans are getting excited as their team has amassed an impressive record… but how excited should they be? The 49ers are the worst red-zone (TD) team in the entire league. Jim Harbaugh has done an excellent job of hiding the “managing” Alex Smith with the use of a pass/play % that is among the league’s lowest, not to mention the 49ers’ 3rd down conversion rate which is also among the league’s lowest. All the previous statistical categories are directly related to QB play. Check Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees’ numbers in those categories… you’ll see a vast difference.

The playoffs are the proving ground. What happens when the opposing team’s “non-managing quarterback” throws up 17 unanswered points? Hiding is no longer an option. Time to attack with a passing game you’ve hidden in the regular season. I think it’s safe to say that proverbial coin won’t be landing on it’s edge.

One Response to “Can’t Win a Super Bowl with a Managing Quarterback”
  1. Jermz says:

    Well written article my friend

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