Peter King of Sports Illustrated takes an in-depth look at the evolution of the quarterback position, with Carolina’s Cam Newton, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, Washington’s Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck of Indianapolis all helping to change the way NFL coaches and personnel men view mobile quarterbacks.
King: “Four quarterbacks drafted in the last two years—Griffin, Kaepernick, Wilson and the Panthers’ Cam Newton—embrace their inner Fran Tarkenton. It used to be that option quarterbacks ran the ball because they couldn’t throw. But these new guys can throw. Last year Newton became the first rookie to pass for more than 4,000 yards. Griffin was third in the league this year, with a 102.4 rating. Wilson had 26 touchdown passes, as many as Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. And Kaepernick? The former big league pitching prospect is “such a dangerous runner,” says 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, “because teams see how great he throws, and they have to respect that.”
“Football wisdom says the pocket guy will get beat up less than the mobile guy, but according to Pro Football Focus, the quarterback who got hit most often behind the line of scrimmage in 2012 was Luck, primarily a pocket passer; he was sacked or knocked down 148 times. Of course, Griffin’s knee injury complicates the issue. The NFL’s offensive rookie of the year played on a high wire too often. He was running full speed in the open field against the Ravens and got down too late to avoid a hit, hyperextending his knee. Hobbled in the postseason, he suffered a torn ACL in the wild-card loss to the Seahawks. The cardinal rule for mobile quarterbacks: Don’t risk a major collision for two extra yards.”
The Seahawks officially announced the signing of defensive line coach Travis Jones and the addition of defensive back Will Blackmon. Seattle also made some coaching changes, hiring Nick Sorensen as acoaching assistant/special teams coach. Dave Canales moved from quality control coach on offense to the role of assistant quarterbacks/offensive quality control coach, Nate Carroll moved from a quality control coach to an offensive assistant, and Marquand Manuel moved from assistant special teams coach to defensive assistant.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports provides a list of under-the-radar players in free agency. Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant might make some sense for Seattle.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network talks with Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner about his rookie season in this audio link. Some good draft talk here.
Nate Davis of USA Today has Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons, linebacker Bobby Wagner and cornerback Richard Sherman on his All-Joes team.
Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network has Seattle selecting Cal receiver Keenan Allen at No. 25 in his latest mock draft.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that the Kansas City chiefs are negotiating with Dwayne Bowe’s representatives and want to keep the receiver in Kansas City.