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Are Mobile QBs destined For Short Careers? Not if Modern Medicine Has Anything to Say About It.

For the next 10+ years the comparisons between Andrew Luck and RG3 will resonate through the fan bases of the two cities who were fortunate enough to land both of these NFL stud QBs. I am of the mindset that both will have stellar careers and their rookie campaigns eluded to as much. Unfortunately there is still a negative stereotype that comes from the "pocket passer" fan base who always want to group every mobile QB into the "Michael Vick" category. When describing RG3, he is always seen as the "run 1st" or "gimmick offense" QB who can't run a conventional offense (even though his numbers suggest otherwise).

While Luck is heralded as the NFL's next "Elway or Peyton Manning," RG3 is dubbed as the next Vick or Vince Young. I've heard everything from "RG3 has a high completion ratio because most of his passes are screens, or only 5 yards passed the line of scrimmage," to "He's one hit away from a career ending injury." People who think this really haven't watched RG3, or Kaepernick play other than the few highlights on Sports Center they've been able to catch. What's even more telling is their lack of knowledge on the difference between the read option and the Pistol offenses. It's easier for them to call both "gimmick offenses" than it is for these critics to actually watch both systems extensively enough in order to break down their fundamental sums.

For all you critics out there who think RG3 will have a short career I ask you this: "What year is this?" This is 2013, not "1983." Medicine has advanced quite considerably since that time which is why you are seeing guys like Adrian Peterson and now RG3 come back from ACL injuries within 6 months as opposed to the previous 18 month turnaround time. Frank Gore and Willis McGahee had two of the most devastating knee injuries to both knees ever seen, and both have gone on to have stellar careers at the game's most punishing position. So why the hate on RG3 and every other athletic QB who play on teams that run a so called "gimmick offense?" John Elway and Steve Young both ran as much (If not more) than many of today's new fleet of mobile QBs, yet neither was given the same negative stereotypes that Griffin, Newton, Vick and Vince Young have received.

Regardless of the obvious "hate" going around from the naysayers, the NFL is definitely changing at the QB position. Yes Luck has given all us every indication that he indeed will be one of the game's great one's. Still, guys like Colin Kaepernick, and RG3 are the future at the position, and according to the jersey sales, it looks like most of the NFL's fan base is all in for it too.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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