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What Makes A Great QB

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By Frank BaroneThe Quarterback Type you want to have to win a NFL championshipWhen you start talking about the great quarterbacks, I think of Unitas, Marino, Montana, Staubach, Namath, etc. There is one thing that some people overlook when looking at the quarterback position, but I feel is one of the most important factors when evaluating one. That factor is toughness. I want my quarterback to be the toughest guy on the field, both physically and mentally. The second factor is that I want a guy who is competitive. I want a guy who wants to win at cards, pick-up basketball, or tiddly-winks. Get a guy who has to win and can’t accept anything else.

When you start talking about the great quarterbacks, I think of Unitas, Marino, Montana, Staubach, Namath, etc. There is one thing that some people overlook when looking at the quarterback position, but I feel is one of the most important factors when evaluating one. That factor is toughness. I want my quarterback to be the toughest guy on the field, both physically and mentally. The second factor is that I want a guy who is competitive. I want a guy who wants to win at cards, pick-up basketball, or tiddly-winks. Get a guy who has to win and can’t accept anything else.Another factor in a championship quarterback is vision. The ability to see the field is so under appreciated and yet so critical. A guy with great vision can see a open route out of the corner of his eye and turn an incompletion or short gain into a touchdown. I don’t think you can coach a guy to be able to see.

They need to have leadership abilities- does he take charge and is he willing to put in the extra time, to be a perfectionist and to be the best. So obviously you want someone very tough and physical and aggressive and tough-minded, where he can make a bad play and forget about it.

Quarterbacks are typically evaluated on their passing statistics, including total yardage, completion ratio, touchdowns, and the ability to avoid interceptions. Ultimately quarterbacks are evaluated on their ability to lead the team to victory, especially in close games. A quarterback who possesses the ability to score points in critical situations is ultimately more valuable than one with good statistics who cannot lead his team to victory Everyone reading this article might have noticed that I did not mention a 40 time. I did not say anything about being 6’4.‿ I did not mention a strong arm.

There have been many great QB’s who didn’t have great arm strength, but, if you’re accurate and you understand the game, then you can anticipate things and maybe get away with not having as strong an arm as people seem to think you have to have. What quarterback does that sound like?- Chad Pennington maybe – maybe not- hopefully we will get some more answers to that question positively this year.

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