IT'S A QUARTERBACKS' WORLD
By mark rogers
December 17, 2010
Yeah...news flash, right?
We all know that today's game of football is dominated by the play of the QB. If you have an above average QB, you'll have an above average team.
I believe this all really started with the Joe Montana-led 49ers teams of the mid-to-late 80s. George Seifert had a lot to do with it...spread offense, fast break basketball on a football field, air-it-out, shotgun...you get the picture.
From there it started spreading out to other NFL teams and then on down to the collegiate ranks. Back in the day, "three yards and a cloud of dust" wasn't a trip down memory lane...that's how everybody played the game - all the time.
A quick look at the Heisman trophy winners over the last 40 years will prove this point.
During the 1970s, two QBs won the Heisman. Jim Plunkett and Pat Sullivan. That's it, two. The rest were running backs.
During the 1908s, that lowly number increase...by one. Doug Flutie, Vinny Testaverde, Andrew Ware. The rest? Six running backs and a wide receiver.
During the 1990s, four QBs won the Heisman. Ty Detmer, Charlie Ward, Danny Weurffel, and Gino Torretta.
That was the decade the trend started taking over the NFL and started making its way down the the NCAA. How is this evident?
From 2000-2009, eight QBs won the Heisman. In order: Chris Weinke, Eric Crouch, Carson Palmer, Jason White, Matt Leinart, Troy Smith, Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford.
Reggie Bush and Mark Ingram were the only two non-QBs, and I think we all know that Vince Young (a QB) should have won the Heisman in 2005.
Since 1970, 41 players have won the Heisman trophy. 18 of them were QBs. 44% of those 18 won the award from 2000-2010 (including this year's winner, Cam Newton). In the 30 years from 1970-1999, nine QBs won the Heisman. We've already matched that total since 2000.
Anyway, not saying anything that anyone doesn't know already. I just think it's interesting to look back at trends over the course of time and really see how different today's game of football is compared to the game just a few years ago.
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