Good read Thankyou
"More than 100 African-Americans have played at quarterback in the CFL, more than double the number in the NFL. In recent years, as many as seven of the CFL’s nine teams have had black starting quarterbacks."As much as some media pundits like to trumpet how the NFL as so wonderful and exciting and how they're taking all the black mobile QB's the CFL used to scoop up...leaving the CFL with nothing. Wrong. You only have to take a look at the terrific backup QB's in the CFL today. Virtually every team has a capable backup ready to go in. Did you see the horrendous QB'ing last year in NFL after so many starters went down? The CFL is really a QB'ing hotbed (hands off NFL :roll: ). Talk about real diversity and not just lip service, more than twice as many black QB's have played in the CFL than in the NFL, according to the article.
I think part of that is that the NFL is still pretty hung up on the QB's being extremely tall. Lot of undersized (for the NFL) QB's come to the CFL and have success.
I think part of that is that the NFL is still pretty hung up on the QB's being extremely tall. Lot of undersized (for the NFL) QB's come to the CFL and have success.Fine article indeed.
Beyond the article, Dust is correct. For whatever reason (i.e. linemen are tall, so every inch of height and release point counts), history shows clearly that the chances of success in the NFL as a QB under 6-2 are overwhelmingly slim. Some of the exceptions are no doubt Hall of Famers or future Hall of Famers though.
Only four starting NFL QBs in 2015 were under 6-2 in height, and that bum Manziel is gone so that leaves three with Taylor in Buffalo with his days numbered lest he get the Bills to the playoffs this upcoming season:
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – 5'11"
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – 6'
Johnny Manziel – Cleveland Browns – 6'
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – 6'1"
Want to go further back in time?[url=http://blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks/2012/05/21/wilson-and-the-6-feet-and-under-club/]http://blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks ... nder-club/[/url]
"Some quarterbacks who were successful at 6-1 include Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, Dave Krieg, Jeff Blake, Jeff Garcia and Mark Brunell."
Note they go back to the early 1960s to come up with that list!
And then in the 6-0 and under club for sake of starting NFL QBs since all the way back even further to 1948, adding Russell Wilson, the names are few overall and include a list of very few stars in almost 60 years!:
Tarkenton, Brees, Tittle, Jurgenson, Dawson, Theisman, Kilmer, Vick and Flutie round out those few overall at 6-0 and under who were stars at least at some point of their NFL careers.
Also noteworthy is that until Russell Wilson, Drew Brees was the only QB at 6-0 or less in the history of the NFL to have a completion rating not only over 60% but at a whopping 66%!
No one else but those two standing at 6-0 or less NFL QBs, who has played much as a starter, has come close to even 60%!
Great stuff! We can all be proud of our league and country. Even the dudes in Hamilton