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Continued: Craig: Second tier of NFL quarterbacks are first-rate

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 11, 2014 - 8:01 PM

“You’re seeing a trend,” he said. “The biggest, baddest dude is no longer playing wide receiver or tight end or defensive end. He’s playing quarterback. And they’re everywhere.”

Although it’s not a trait limited to quarterbacks of that size and athleticism, Dilfer said he’s noticing more young players playing with what he calls “physical confidence.”

“They extend the play just because of the confidence in their ability not to get tackled, a la Ben Roethlisberger,” Dilfer said. “And you don’t have to be 6-4, 6-5 and 250 pounds to play with it. Russell Wilson is a guy who plays with it.”

Unfortunately, the NFL doesn’t have 32 of them.

“When you watch the ones who have it and then look at the quarterback who doesn’t have that, the difference is amazing,” Dilfer said. “You see how the ones who don’t have it have to play on rhythm and timing all the time because if things aren’t perfect, they go to the ground or they get taken down by a sleeve or they get bumped off their spot and they can’t complete the ball.”

That does sound familiar.

Mark Craig mark.craig@startribune.com











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