In the beginning of time, of football that is, quarterbacks used to call the plays, perform the cadence, hand the ball off to a running back, and then become an extra blocker. Occasionally, they would run the ball themselves. The passing game of football did not exist. But, as time passed, change followed. In this case, football progressed over time and change. Enter the passing game. Quarterbacks were now being used more for their arms, than their legs. New statistics were brought to realization with this new arsenal attack through the air. A new form of offense began, and the National Football League grew. As the passing game evolved, so did the class of athlete.
The versatility of the pass has become increasingly popular and the league has grown with that emergence. Players were asked to do more with the advancements in airing it out. Looking into how players today are perfecting the class of elite quarterback, makes the old class seem obsolete. When doing just enough was all it took. Touchdown to interception ratios were not seen as success or failure, just a side statistic to winning. Joe Namath is a prime example of this. He threw more interceptions in his career than touchdowns, but is enshrined in the Hall of Fame for his success winning games. A lot has changed since Namath made his imprint on the sport.
Quarterbacks now, such as Peyton Manning, are re-writing the history books when it comes to playing the quarterback position. It's not only about winning now, it's about doing it efficiently. Accuracy of quarterbacks, such as Drew Brees, makes the game seem more spectacular. Threading the needle, a common trait among the elite quarterbacks of today, and putting the football exactly where it needs to be, exactly when it needs to be there. Only adding to the amazement of the quarterback position's journey through time.
In the way that Dan Marino and Joe Montana have paved the way for Manning and Brees, they too, are also paving the way for new comers. The new breed of NFL quarterback. These young signal callers are bringing a new swagger and mentality to the position. Greatly efficient and well prepared for everything that comes their way. Tony Romo, Philip Rivers, and Aaron Rodgers have become the new standard for quarterbacks moving forward in the league. With immaculate timing, impressively strong arms, and pinpoint accuracy, the game as we know it is about to change again. What we know now about the passing game of football history, will be an after thought once these quarterbacks, and the ones that follow them, leave their mark on an ever evolving sport.