On Saturday night, when the Buffalo Bills hosted the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round, quarterbacks Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson tested the theory that has followed the dual-threat quarterback for decades: that they succeeded in their quest Cannot be a championship.
In their first three seasons, Allen and Jackson have gone from severely limited passers-by who had to rely too heavily on their ability to drive dangerous passers-by… leaving the defense option open to the side, Are also running.
This season, Jackson became the first quarterback to run for more than 1,000 yards in multiple seasons and just the second quarterback to run for at least 100 yards (Colin Kaepernick, 2013) and a touchdown in a playoff game against Tennessee. Titans in the wild-card round. A year after leading the league in the same category, he finished seventh in the QBR.
Allen finished third in the QBR after spending time near the bottom of the league over the past two seasons. His 46 total touchdowns were second in the NFL this season.
While Jackson and Allen are currently ranked first (2,906 yards) and fourth (1,562), all-time in rushing yards in the first three seasons of a quarterback, he and other capable-capable passers have changed how defenses position. Let’s cover.
There is no universal standard to consider a dual-threat quarterback – those who are just as dangerous as running the ball because they are throwing it. There are several mobile quarterbacks, who have found success in the NFL, who can walk around in pockets and not stand still: Brett Favre, Roger Staubach, John Elway, Patrick Mahomes. But you won’t be confused by, say, Staubach for Michael Vick’s first coming. Dual threatened quarterbacks are those who are just as likely to run the ball as they throw it. Think of it this way: If a team does not routinely call a run (eg, the run-pass option) designed for the quarterback, he is likely not a double threat.
But one way would be to look at yards per game in a career race. Of the quarterbacks who have played at least 20 rushing yards per game in their careers, only Steve Young (25.1 yards per game) and Russell Wilson (31.3) have won the Super Bowl. Several other dual-threat quarterbacks have come close, including Steve McNair (22.3), Donovan McNab (20.7), Kaepernick (33.3), Cam Newton (38.6), Vick (42.7) and Randall Cunningham (30.6). Jackson (63.2) holds the record for rushing per game for a quarterback; Allen currently sits in fifth (35.5).
For quarterbacks who have not been successful in securing a championship for their team in a given season, they have generally been hampered by poor accuracy or ability to stretch the field. For example, McNabb averaged 57% per year in his first five seasons in the league and a completion percentage of 6.2 yards per carry. The year he led the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl: 64% and 8.3 yards per attempt.
Quarterbacking purists consider travelers who rely too much on their feet as inferior to pocket passers by the notion that dual-threat quarterbacks cannot read or throw accurately, The injured do not mention their propensity to appear on the list. Former NFL quarterback Ron Joworski wrote in his book, Games that change the game: NFL development in seven days, That “although Vince Youngs and Wix of the world pull off amazing plays with their feet, it’s hard for them to win consistently, because they don’t make enough accurate throws out of the pocket. … It’s a challenge for them to reach a championship level. It is tough to execute enough big plays in the passing game. “
Jackson and Allen both had legitimate concerns about coming out of college. In Wyoming, Allen completed 56% of his passes in two seasons and made 15 interceptions in his Solemore year, his most worrying irregular decision. Jackson was a Heisman Trophy winner in Louisville, but had concerns about accuracy (57%), not about scouting, in which his wife’s (6 feet, 2 inches, 215 pounds) framework was questioned. Both of them made the same knock on him, as all double-threat quarterbacks: bells out of the pocket very quickly and often.
But after three seasons, those worries have subsided, for the most part. In his first two seasons, Allen still raised accuracy (56.3%), turnovers (21 interceptions) and pocket attendance (66 sacks) from college. But in 2020, most of those problems have been worked on. He landed his entire percentage with more than 10 points, from 58.8% to 69.2% in 2019, the fourth quarter with such an increase in a season in the last 20 years. He threw for 37 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, taking a career-low 26 sacks. Not to mention, with his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame, he is the toughest quarterback to bring down since Newton.
“To deal with him, you’d better throw a big body at him, because he’s a big body,” Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martnell said. He said, ‘I already told the defense, we need to deal with it like you deal with. [Derrick] Henry, because that’s the way he walks. “
Jackson won the MVP award last year after completing 66.1% (up 58.2% through seven starts in 2018) in his second season, and 4,333 yards (1,206 rush, most all-time) and 43 times (36 passing). Accounted for, the most in the NFL); His 83 QBR was the highest in the league. His numbers plummeted in 2020, but he still finished with 33 touchdowns (26 passing) and 1,005 rushing yards.
For a dual-threat quarterback like Jackson, the NFL is supposedly a racist undertaking. In addition to a Frank Taranton, a Scrabble Trailblazer or Tim Tebow, the running back quarterback, is normally Black, which opens the stereotypes of Black intellectual inferiority. Thus the dual-threat quarterback would prefer to run, which is easier to throw, which is harder.
Words like “double-threat”, instead of suggesting the man could do two things, not just one, meant he was actually a first-person guy who might not be good enough to be NFL-level as a pocket passer-by. Tha quarterback, wrote former NFL coach Brian Bilic in his book, The Q Factor: The Elusive Search for the Great Great NFL Quarterback.
Jackson had questions about whether he could run a “pro-style” offense in the NFL, shorthand for “more complex”.
But in one instance, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman read Jackson’s coverage of the Titans this week, his ability to make assumptions about a dual-threat quarterback is outdated.
“On his big touchdown the other day, the Titans opted to play a coverage called Cover 7, a man with doubles who was essentially able to overcome our … deep digging routes, which we called them. Is hurt. ” Past. He said he had a lot of success with that coverage against us, mainly in the red zone, “Roman said.
“We saw the film and it was very clear that they were going to… do man coverage and do that. Look here, what if you [Jackson] Just tucked it in and ran away. ‘And lo and behold, this is what happened, and Lamar saw it, did it and then took it from there. This is a good story about him taking his film studies into the field and applying it. “
Another knock against the dual-threatened quarterback has been his connection to spread offenses coming from college. Spreading offenses, which emphasize vacancy on the field for more throws or running down lanes, were stigmatized for years by quarterback-needy professional teams because the system didn’t require a quarterback to make multiple reads or difficult threads. Because they will be needed in the NFL. Black college quarterbacks such as Pat White, Geno Smith and Newton all came with professors who had different pro results, which added criticism to the system. (For reference, neither Allen nor Jackson used to spread crime in college.)
But in recent years, professional teams have incorporated more dissemination plans into their offenses for Super Bowl success, most notably the offenses run by Tom Brady in New England and the Mahomes in Kansas City.
“I think it’s somewhat a result of the college system that we’re seeing,” said Bills head coach Sean McDermott. “More and more of these quarterbacks are coming out of the mobile college.
“It’s a constant cat and mouse game, I think in terms of development and having the right roster. Whether it is the regular season or the postseason, they are a handful; These people are headaches that can do both. “
This mobility forces the receiver to adapt to a quarterback not necessarily retreating five steps and firing. It can be more like 15 steps, throwing a bend, a bend and a leg while throwing it out of the body.
In his first year at Buffalo after five in Minnesota, Bills receiver Stephen Diggs said that running a quarterback has a “different feel” than pure pocket passers-by, but it’s worth noting.
“To me, it’s just you [aware] All the time, ”Digg said. “With a quarterback like Josh, you never know what’s going to happen, because you can see him throwing some big guys and shaking some defenders and he can still throw the ball. So you never want to be bull-tin. ”
Double-threat quarterbacks who are a legitimate threat to hurt you with their weapons have defended how the game plan. This presents a razor’s edge: worry too much about driving him and he may throw it over your head, but worry too much about his throwing and you give him the lanes and space to take off.
Referring to defending a player like Allen, Jimmy Smith said, “This is definitely the ‘plaster’ element of the game, because once he breaks the pocket he can throw it on the run.” “And he has receivers that can open, so first 2, seconds, then three seconds, then bounce, he goes through his cover reed, it’s not there and breaks that pocket. It’s something you have to practice a little, just plastering people, making sure that he has nowhere to throw it, try to force him to do it. “
On the other hand, the Bills defenders know they have to work as a unit and keep spying on runners like Jackson, unless they want to leave a 50-yard scammer as the Titans did last week.
“When you’ve got a quarterback who can walk like a Lamar, it’s a different dynamic,” said Bills safety Micah Hyde. “You got all 11 guys to play, and all 11 guys on defense are important. You don’t necessarily have two guys sitting 20 yards away, Cover 2 can play the entire game, because you know that there’s really no one for the quarterback who can keep it. “
After Saturday’s game, the playoff record of either Jackson or Ellen will be down. The 500, who consider the only way to win in the NFL, is a quarterback who stands tall (literally) in the pocket. Never mind the fact that a pocket passer like Poughton Manning was unimpressed with a win in his first three postmed games. Despite this, the years of success of Ellen, Jackson, Wilson, and Deshon Watson indicate that, better defense, or offensive lines, or situational players, dual threats can only be as much of a threat as never to pocket. Prefer to leave .
“Depends,” Jimmy Smith replied when asked which runners and pocket passers are easier to defend against. “Peyton Manning, not mobile. Tom Brady, not mobile. Or Jackson, Mobile. You pick your poison.
“You can get up or you can run.” Either way it’s going to be tough. “