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The Mobile Quarterback Conundrum

Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the field of QB’s left at the divisional round, you can’t help but notice the mobile QB’s among the crowd.  Specifically, I am referring to Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton, and I noticed a trend among them.  If you can contain them in the pocket, they are not as accurate when pressured because they have not developed the requisite skills to complete passes in every sort of scenario.  It takes time to develop into a pure pocket passer such as Brees, Brady, Manning.  Mistakes are rife along the way, and time must be devoted to working the kinks out.  It takes footwork and timing which is not developed when a player does not rely on his training and experience but on his mobility.  It has been a stress on opposing defenses until they catch up.

Defenses are catching up.  If you watch the games against Carolina and SF, you can see how well the Saints kept the QB’s in the pocket.  As for the SEA game, oh well!  But other teams have limited them lately, and Wilson has thrown for more interceptions and has been less accurate.  Kaepernick in fact has struggled against the top defenses and that includes ours.  Many analysts who are predicting the SF/CAR game are picking SF because they see how poor Newton is when contained.  I think Rob Ryan and the Saints defense have been successful against mobile QB’s and are raring for another crack at breaking the Seattle code.  Seattle uses a lot more misdirection to disguise their plays; whereas we use player substitutions.   But if you can contain Wilson and Lynch (no small task) like we did this with SF and CAR, we may have a shot at this.

If this game were played in a neutral setting, I like the Saints chances.  If played in the Dome, you know who wins.  But again can the Saints communicate effectively?  Heaven only knows but if Carson Palmer can do in Seattle with four interceptions when the Seahawks were battling to obtain the Number One seed, we might have a chance.

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