The old adage in the NFL is that you have to have a pro style pocket quarterback to win the Super Bowl. Ala Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Kurt Warner, Phil Simms, Terry Bradshaw, etc , etc. There have been exceptions with some scrambling quarterbacks winning the Super Bowl such as Roger Staubach, Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers, and John Elway. But for the most part NFL owners, coaches, and general managers would always say that a running quarterback can't win a championship and that a prototype pocket passer is needed to win.
But today that way of thinking is starting to change. Its not that teams want running quarterbacks now...its the fact that running quarterbacks have evolved over time into now being dual threat quarterbacks, a QB who can pass just as good as he can run, and thats what the NFL is starting to realize with QB’s like Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III leading the charge for the dual threat QB. In the past you had guys like Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick who came into the league wanting to run a majority of the time. They both had, and still have in Vick’s case, great arms...but they didn't work on the passing game or accept that role as a passer first until late in their careers. Today the dual threat quarterback wants to be a passer first and then a runner when necessary. Thats the big difference and the evolution of the position. It makes for an almost unstoppable weapon...a QB that can shred you through the air but also tuck the ball and run for big gains when there's pressure or when a play breaks down. It’s like the best of both worlds, Peyton Manning combined with Michael Vick. What coach wouldn't want that weapon? Not many...and thats why I believe that in the near future teams will go out and seek dual threat quarterbacks, especially with so many entering the league in the next few years.
In the coming years you have guys like Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, Tajh Boyd, Teddy Bridgewater, Logan Thomas, Braxton Miller, and Collin Klein, coming into the NFL. I'm sure there are probably more that I left out. Not to mention guys like Terrelle Pryor, Tim Tebow, and Colin Kaepernick who are currently in the NFL as backups. Even Andrew Luck, and Christian Ponder are athletic QB’s who can run.
The emergence of “college” offenses such as the spread offense, the option, the zone read and Packaged Plays in the NFL also leads to my theory that over the next few years the NFL will turn into a dual threat QB league. Now don't get me wrong a good pocket passer will always have his place in the NFL. And i'm pretty sure that some teams will prefer them until a dual threat QB wins a Super Bowl proving that style can win too. At the end of the day the NFL is a copycat league and as Newton, and Griffin have more and more success teams will want to copy and try to get their version of a dual threat QB. And as i mentioned earlier there will be plenty of them to choose from in the coming years. The game is evolving and this is the latest evolution to the game. Its so new that some people don't even realize that its happening right now.
There will be some who say that athletic QB’s can't win and they never have.They'll name the guys of the past who didn't win. And they'll be right those running QB’s didn't win. But thats why the dual threat QB is different...they can run and pass and most importantly the NFL is now adapting to the schemes that allow athletic dual threat qbs to succeed. This is a first in history, we haven't seen this before in the NFL. So nobody can say for certain what will happen, but i can tell you my theory on what's going to happen...The dual threat Quarterback will take over the NFL.