Inside the NFL’s Quarterback Crisis: Why Are There So Few Great Quarterbacks?

The NFL’s 32 teams are in agreement: there is a quarterback crisis in the league. With just 32 open slots for starting quarterbacks and hundreds of college football teams, one would assume that finding a talented and competent pro quarterback would not be such a struggle. However, for all but a handful of teams, the search for starting quarterback looks as daunting as finding the Holy Grail. Teams who survey the best quarterbacks in the league come to one of two conclusions: they need to draft a quarterback in the very top of the NFL draft (like Peyton Manning, the recently retired QB who was drafted #2 overall), or they need to find the diamond in the rough (Tom Brady). Unfortunately, both avenues are filled with pitfalls. So what’s behind this crisis of quarterbacking? When the variables are examined, there is still no clear answer.

The Star Quarterback

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after defeating the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 24-10. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 602536555 ORIG FILE ID: 508989972

Quarterback has always been the star position. Great quarterbacks get more of the credit (and the blame) than any other position in football. Over the last decade, the position has gotten so complex, requiring so much study, practice and analysis, that the players are often referred to as field generals. Eleven of the last fifteen overall number one draft picks were quarterbacks.


  1. Pats Hater says:

    The Great Tom Brady just got his suspension reaffirmed. Haha

  2. QB19 says:

    Insightful thoughts. Seems to me if you have a 1-2 pick you go QB.

  3. Mitch says:

    The problem is clearly college where no one plays a pro style offense. they are in spread and don’t know what to do or how to read defense in pros.

    • central mich alum says:

      I agree — the spread offense sux and won’t work in pros – just look at Manziel and others – plus they arent even used to taking a snap under center

  4. paul max says:

    what this article brings home is how much the experts don’t know which is crazy when you think how much money and time they spend to evaluate these players

  5. NFL Not Goodell says:

    so interesting. no, brady is one of a kind

  6. Tony Romo's Broken Collarbone says:


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