Are the new mobile quarterbacks more prone to injuries than traditional pocket passers?
This year’s Super Bowl made it clear to many of YouWager’s NFL football bettors that teams don’t have to have one certain type of quarterback to win games in the National Football League. Joe Flacco, Baltimore’s QB only had 38 rushing yards in the 2012 NFL football wagering season. Colin Kaepernick, however, ran 56 yards for San Francisco on a single touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.
RGIII’s wicked leg injuries made many sportsbook bettors wonder if the more active quarterbacks play a greater risk. While it may appear that a runner has a greater chance of getting hurt, it may not be that simple. Speaking to the risks, Joe Flacco told a YouWager news source, “Quarterbacks like [Kaepernick] are eventually going to have to become mostly pocket passers to survive in this league.”
Are running quarterbacks like Kaepernick, Michael Vick, and RGIII, really more susceptible to injuries than strong passers like Flacco, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady? They have all suffered injuries. Kaepernick was not permitted to run the ball much in high school, but it was this dual ability that got him the starting job with the 49ers. Brady and Manning may appear more protected, surrounded by 300 lb. linebackers, but are they really? They may be trapped, in one spot, and their opponents can pound them from any angle.
A running quarterback, some NFL analysts argue, may have more choice as to when or where he gets hit. He can run out of bounds.
Which type of quarterback misses more games? So far, statistically, it’s a toss up, the experts say. Typically, an NFL analyst at YouWager says, on average, quarterbacks of both kinds only miss 11 to 14 percent of their starts because of injury. There were more lower body injuries among the runners. It’s all relative. A pinched nerve kept Peyton Manning off the field for an entire NFL football betting season.
Time, however, may not be on the side of the running quarterback.
YouWager’s authority does admit to one major disadvantage for the dual-threat, running quarterbacks- age. Because of the brutal nature of running a football in the NFL, it’s more likely that a traditional passing quarterback (with great protection) could be able to enjoy a longer career in professional football.