In unserer losen Serie „Ich möchte einen Quarterback draften – was sollte ich beachten“ (dazu auch hier, hier, hier, hier (in den Kommentaren) und hier) haben wir heute Weisheiten von Pat Kirwan. Kirwan arbeitet seit den 7o0er Jahren in der NFL, er war Assistant Coach, Scout und in Managementfunktionen, u.a. bei den Jets unter Bill Parcells. Heute hat er eine Kolumne bei NFL.com und eine Radiosendung bei Sirius (zusammen mit Tim Ryan). In seinem 2010 veröffentlichtem Buch „Take Your Eyes off the Ball. How to Watch Football by Where to Look“ schreibt er zur Frage „It is easier for a team to teach its terminology to a rookie quarterback or a veteran coming over from another system?“:

„That depends entirely on the intellect of the quarterback. Boomer Esiason could convert any terminology into something he already knew. He could look at a playbook, see a play called ‚Purple Eagle‘, and realize it was identical to a play he knew as ‚Blue Diamond‘. A lot of guys can´t do that.

That´s why the No.1 trait I look for in a quarterback is intelligence. No player is going to beat a defense with just a country-strong arm and great feet. After that, I look for accuracy. A quarterback first has to know where to go with the ball, and then he has to be accurate getting it there. That was what seperated Joe Montana from all the rest. Next comes a quick release. If a quarterback can read the coverage but has a mechanical flaw in his release, guys will have time to jump routes and get back into coverage. Then comes height. That´s what saved the 6`6 Joe Flacco during his first few games in Baltimore; there were plenty of times that being able to see over the mess in front of him allowed him to make a play.

If I were building the perfect modern quarterback, I´d take the brain of Drew Brees, the accuracy of Tom Brady, and the release and height of Peyton Manning.