I think running quarterbacks need to be able to pass first. One thing that we did to develop Russell Wilson at NCSU was to get him to stop running. He had a couple of concussions in his rookie season, so, we worked to get him to think pass first and run when he had to. He developed a more accurate arm his junior and senior season (Wisconsin). I don't think a quarterback like RGIII is going to last in the NFL if he continues to run with the ball on the fly, but he has a very accurate arm. Cam Newton is built to last longer than either Wilson or RGIII.
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1. Dan Marino flew to San Francisco to interview Colin Kaepernick for his CBS-TV work and was impressed with the San Francisco quarterback's mindset, size, strength and foot speed. He thinks Kaepernick, with nine starts, won't shrink in the Super Bowl spotlight.http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miam ... 1768.story
But does that mean there's a future for running quarterbacks in the NFL?
"I think the defenses will change some things coming up and that'll shut that down a lot,'' he said. "Kaepernick kind of took everyone by surprise with the way he can run - and he is fast. But I'd think over this off-season, especially, defenses will figure out how to get a better handle on guys like him.
"The other thing you have to worry about is guys taking hits. Look at (Robert Griffin III). Some of the hits he took - that can't keep happening."
Mobility, in other words, is good. But the odds - and hits - eventually will catch up to quarterbacks if they keep running like this. The talent of Kaepernick and RGIII, Marino said, is they can make a living in the pocket. They can throw the ball well. And they'll probably spend more time doing that in coming years.
"I had 11 rushing touchdowns in 17 years,'' Marino said with a smile. "That's not too bad, is it?"