The NFL needs to do a better job of developing quarterbacks.
In 1983, NFL quarterbacks averaged 7.18 yards per pass attempt.
Thirty-three years later, after the league made numerous rule changes to enhance passing, changes such as barring defensive players from hitting quarterbacks above their shoulders or below their knees, barring defensive players from hitting defenseless receivers, enforcing defensive pass interference and defensive holding more strictly and reducing the number of steps defensive players are allowed to take before hitting quarterbacks who already have released the ball, well, after all that, quarterbacks now are averaging 7.26 yards per pass attempt in 2016.
That’s an increase of just eight one-hundredths of a yard per pass attempt since 1983.
The NFL still doesn’t have enough quality QBs to go around. Only 16 currently average more than 7.1 yards per attempt, and only 19 have passer ratings higher than 90. That leaves almost half the league with sub-par players under center.
The only way to improve quarterbacks is to develop them. Playing quarterback is a game of repetition – Bill Walsh used to say that all the time. You can’t learn the position sitting on the bench or sitting in the classroom. You have to stand under center and make decisions before and after the snap.
Here’s how the NFL can better develop its quarterbacks:
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