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We’ve collected the best Quarterback Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Matt LaFleur, Jared Goff, Cris Carter, George Blanda, Oliver Luck. Use them as an inspiration.

You watch the great quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers. They all play so fast, but it’s under control because they know what the defense is presenting to them before it happens. It allows them to anticipate things a little quicker, and that makes all the difference in the world.
I don’t want to be a quarterback that has all these stats but didn’t win a lot of games.
Michael Strahan should get the amount of money that anybody else in the league is getting. I don’t care if it is a quarterback, wide receiver, defensive lineman, linebacker. He should make the kind of money Brett Favre, Marshall Faulk make, because he’s that type of player.
Things never change in football, it’s still blocking and tackling and execution, and having an experienced quarterback who is patient enough to take what the defense gives him.
Quarterback play is important for every level of football.
I don’t think the day that I was drafted that I expected to be the starting quarterback for the Rams as a seventh-round pick.
To have two separate game plans, you’re asking for way too much of your team. That’s why it’s important to have quarterbacks that know your system, understand your system and have been a part of your system.
That’s what I’ve learned: you are always to improve whether you are a Hall of Fame quarterback or some rookie.
Look at guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Those guys have great arms, but people talk about them more as a quarterbacks and the intellectual side of the game and how they really dissect defenses – and then the arm is something else that helps them with that.
I got put into leadership roles very early in life from fifth grade, sixth grade. I always ended up being the quarterback or the leader of the sports teams, and it’s kind of benefiting me now.
I left Green Bay for Seattle in 1999. I wonder what would have happened had I stayed in Green Bay, where I’ve got one of the best quarterbacks of all time in his prime.
As a quarterback, you have to have a short memory. Don’t lose your confidence, and stay within yourself. Don’t try to do too much.
Pilates works all the small muscles in your body and there’s so much core that comes with it – and core is so important for a quarterback.
You look at the best players in the league, the best players at quarterback – I mean Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, the top namesnone of those guys are throwing it through a brick wall. They’ll have touch.
Peyton is one of the best in the game, and I’ve been blessed to have him as my quarterback. I learned so much from him.
I found myself trying to press to make plays because of situations that we were in, and as a young quarterback you have to let the game come to you.
There are times when you need a strategic quarterback who has a proven record, and certainly, Colin Kaepernick is one of those.
I have plenty of opportunities to get better and continue to grow as a quarterback.
In order to win in this league, you have to have a quarterback who can make all the throws, who makes great decisions, somebody who can get you out of bad situations, that just gives you a chance.
If you can have a really good coaching staff, and you can have a really good young quarterback and do a really good job in player personnel and string together multiple successful drafts, your window is not small in the NFL because of the quarterback.
If you’d have asked me five or six years ago when I first got the name, I’d have thought this is wild, a quarterback named Duck, but now it’s cool.
It’s hard to play quarterback in professional football.
I don’t think Joey Harrington is good enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
I know it’s really hard to be a 350-pound defensive tackle and try not to land on the quarterback, even though you’ve been doing it since you were 5 years old.
There’s a lot of different ways of playing quarterback, and there’s a lot of different situations. So that’s why, for me, if I can keep my mindset the same, if I can stay consistent in how I prepare, then I’m good.
Case Keenum
Everything gets thrown off depending on whether the Packers are playing. I grew up in L.A., and we had a terrible quarterback, Roman Gabriel. When I was 11 years old, I fired him, I fired the Rams, and I picked a quarterback I aspired to be. That was Bart Starr. That’s how long I’ve been a Packers fan.
Lyor Cohen
Obviously, I love the idea of athletic quarterbacks.
The new CBA is hurting the league. It’s hurting quarterback play.
Without linemen like Orlando Pace, quarterbacks wouldn’t be anything.
Some coaches and quarterbacks over-analyze things at times. Sometimes it can be pitch and catch, let the play-makers make plays.
There’s gonna be ups and downs throughout the season. And what defenses do to try and attack different quarterbacks, I mean, you can definitely see it. It’s how you respond to it. It’s how you get over that next step.
Honestly, being a 5’11” quarterback, not too many people think that you can play in the National Football League. And so for me, you know, I knew that my height doesn’t define my skill set, you know? I believed in my talent. I believed in what God gave me. I believed in the knowledge that I have of the game.
As a quarterback, you have to go out and take care of the ball. That is your No. 1 priority.
Quarterbacks are the leaders of the team, and I want to try to get guys going. That’s a job of a leader. That’s a job of a quarterback.
I don’t even want to touch on the topic of black quarterback, because I think this game is bigger than black, white or even green.
What the Jets did with Mark Sanchez, they took a rookie quarterback and went pretty far with him.
That’s the thing: To be successful in the NFL, you have to start by having a quality coach and a quarterback that can kind of lead the team. If you have the trust of the quarterback, then you can build everywhere else.
I try to get in people’s heads. My job is to get the ball, so if I’m talking trash to an O-lineman or quarterback or receiver, and they start thinking about me, that’s good, because they aren’t thinking about the game anymore.
I think, between the tattoos, the way I dress, the way I talk, people don’t think it should go together with a franchise quarterback or someone that’s leading the team or representing the organization.
In the game of football today – whether it’s pro, college or even high school arguably – your quarterback play is determinative.
I have great respect for Greg Knapp, who was my quarterbacks coach in Denver for three years. He taught me so much about playing quarterback in the NFL and made me a better football player.
You don’t know who was going to trade up or if you’re going to end up dropping to a team that needs a quarterback.
Brady Quinn
I like being with the quarterbacks. I like calling the plays.
Me, personally, I’m going to be out there running full speed and chasing down running backs and chasing down quarterbacks. That’s what I do best.
There’s something to be said with your quarterback your leader being there on Day 1.
Don’t let the Monday morning quarterbacks stop you from being bold. You’ve got to set a high bar.
It’s really important as a quarterback to have stability in all your joints but especially in the lower body, like the ankles, knees, and hips.
I don’t want to wake up and be bored. That’s probably my greatest fear is to have nothing to do. What better job is there than to play quarterback for an NFL team, and certainly one that I’ve been on for a long time and had success with? I don’t plan on giving it up any time soon.
Some people get nervous when I run because quarterbacks, they gotta go down and stay healthy.
Third-string quarterbacks, fourth-string quarterbacks – they get their opportunities, and they shine.
I realize that as the quarterback, you have to assume some sort of leadership role because you have to talk in the huddle on every play, and you’re essentially giving out orders to the team. But in my mind, I have to prove myself on the field before I can start asserting a leadership role.
Look at Baltimore back in 2000. They had an outstanding defense. They could run the ball, and they had a quarterback that didn’t turn it over that much. I think that is a plan that can bring you great success.
A quarterback is always going to be the most valuable player on a football field because he touches the ball every single offensive play.
As a junior in high school, I had some injury problems with my arm and shoulder from baseball, so I didn’t play quarterback as a junior. I played a little wide receiver, linebacker, and safety.
With any player, especially at quarterback, I don’t care if you’re talking Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Drew Brees: you want to make sure to continue to hammer down the fundamentals, and it all starts with your feet. Everything starts with footwork.
I’m just worried about being a good quarterback first, and being a great teammate.
I think Brian Hoyer is a good quarterback.
You have to be able to do everything as a quarterback, and that’s not necessarily taking care of your job but making sure you’re preparing everyone else to go out and play well. And make sure you have them in the right mindset when they step on the field.
When you’re a quarterback in this league, you’re going to be talked about and it’s going to be on a weekly basis.
Coach Knapp is a tremendous quarterbacks coach.
For me, and I said this even before the draft, I think being with the same team for my whole career would be something that would be very special to me because, especially at the quarterback position, that means that we won a lot of games, hopefully Super Bowls, ’cause that’s the end goal.
I never thought I would be the oldest quarterback in the National Football League at one point, not in a million years. I never thought I would play as long as I did, either, seventeen years from start to finish, with stops in Houston, Minnesota, Seattle, and Kansas City.
If you are going to be a starter in the NFL or a major-college program, you are going to have to beat out other great quarterbacks.
Quarterbacks like guys who try to do everything they can for them and put it on the line for them. So that’s what I try to do.
The quarterbacks who are picked in the first round and are declared – and I don’t like the word – busts, it’s not that the scouts were wrong about their ability or their potential. But commitment is such a huge part of it.
In a given year, there may be two or three NFL-ready quarterbacks at the college level. In another year, there literally may be zero.
I played quarterback, and it was a leadership position, and even though I’m doing a solo thing now, a lot of my success is a part of assembling this team of people who are really, really talented, and their position doesn’t put them out front the way mine does, but it’s still a team effort.
Like a bottle of wine or a promising college quarterback turning pro, C.E.O.’s are similar to what economists call experience goods: you commit to a price long before you know if they’re worth it.
The bottom line is that it’s the NFL, and there’s going to be competition wherever you go. That’s the way I look at it. I’ve had competition in high school. I’ve had competition in college, and that’s part of the game. That’s part of how you improve as a quarterback.
Scott Tolzien
It’s hard not to follow other careers of NFL quarterbacks in the 24/7 news-at-your-fingertips society we live in.
Peyton Manning is doing things that I think no other quarterback in the history of the league has done at the line of scrimmage… I just think they are a team right now that’s got a real chance to run the table.
As a quarterback, your job is to move the football and win games, to be a leader on the field.
I wouldn’t say you worry about your health when you run. I would say a quarterback as an obligation to protect yourself as a runner, whether it’s getting out of bounds, sliding or getting down, whatever it might be.
I don’t think I’m ever surprised at how high the quarterbacks go. There could be a lot of teams that often times don’t have a lot of first-round grades on guys that are going in the first round, and that’s just the nature of the business.
I would look straight back at the quarterback thinking the ball’s coming straight to me… and as soon as I looked back, the ball’s going right over my head.
With Tom Brady, quarterbacks are playing now until they’re about 60 years old.
A quarterback should be leaders of the team.
Your leader on the offensive line is your center, because the communication really takes place between him and quarterback.
I think it’s great just to be around great quarterbacks who have played in this league for a long time because everybody wants to.
Scarcity of quarterback talent ought to inspire innovation in a sport that desperately needs it.
I don’t want people to think you have to look a certain way or be a certain mold to be able to be a quarterback.
I know I’m the No. 1 quarterback for the Washington Redskins, and that’s all that matters in my heart. That’s all I wanted. I wanted a team that wanted me, and I found that.
Warren Moon and Doug Williams really didn’t run that much. That’s the negative stereotype when it comes to African-American quarterbacks, that most of us just run. Those guys threw it around. I like to think I can throw it around a little bit.
What motivates me is being the best quarterback in the world.
It’s not always statistics that determine the best player, especially the quarterback.
It’s far different aging as a quarterback than aging as a tight end.
If you look historically at the draft at quarterbacks in the top 10, about half of them flame out very quickly.
I remember when I was 6 years old and my brother used to go seek out guys that were 13 to come over and play football against me while he was the ‘permanent quarterback.’ I didn’t know exactly what the age difference was, but I was already playing against older guys.
They’re not defined by what they’ve done and where they’ve played. It wasn’t NFL quarterback Craig Kupp and NFL guard Jake Kupp. They were just Dad and Grandpa.
Some of the best quarterback play is when you’re able to move in the pocket and still make throws down the field because it’s not going to be clean every time.
Quarterback in the NFL is a public position.
Our quarterback is going to be Alex Smith.
Extra thick skin is something every Bruce Arians’ quarterback needs to have because the stuff he says to media is rated G compared to the stuff he says to your face on the sideline and after the game in the locker room and throughout the week.
As a quarterback your job is to drop back and give it to the open receiver, let them run. Obviously, there are times when you get some pressure and you have to make decisions, step up in the pocket and buy time for your receivers and deliver the ball.
I’m a firm believer that if you are not on the team, you ought not have input on who the quarterback is going to be.
George Brauchler
I never want to make the quarterback feel like I’m being a distraction or I’ve got any negativity toward him.
Big Ben, he’s a great quarterback.
If you’re dating the quarterback and then you go out with the hockey player, you just go to the hockey games. I don’t think I’ll still go to the football games.
Obviously Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, so he is one of the best and a Hall of Fame quarterback. So I am just excited to be in the same quarterback room as him and we will see what happens.
Looking back on it, I’m extremely blessed to play on two very good teams, with great quarterbacks and owners.
Obviously Tom Brady is a great quarterback.
The quarterback has to get rid of the ball quickly, so there’s not a lot of time to make moves to gain separation.
The quarterback needs to know when he’s doing something wrong or how he can get better.
A quarterback wants to come across in the interview process as confident, as having a vast understanding and knowledge of defenses, as being capable of leading a group of men. That’s what you’ve got to convey to the teams.
I think I’m just an OK quarterback. But I feel like I can throw the ball pretty well, and I feel like my work ethic separates me.
You know, quarterbacks, I think greatness in quarterbacks is taking what you’ve got, whether it’s a great team, a good team, or a struggling team and make them better.
Fran Tarkenton
If I’m Colin Kaepernick I have to prove myself. I would say, ‘I would love the opportunity to show that I am a championship-winning quarterback again, and I understand that I am not going to be handed anything and that I would love the opportunity to come back.’ If he said that it would open the ears of a lot of teams.
Even though you can hit a quarterback, it’s not always in your best interest.
As a quarterback, obviously, you’re going to be put in the forefront whether you like it or not, and if you’re not then you’re not doing your job.
Number one, I tell the quarterbacks, do your job. You’ve gotta do your job before you can even worry about anybody else or any other situation.
I know I’m a pretty good quarterback.
I’ve often said, ‘If I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny.’ Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders, you think about Ken Stabler.
I think to be a great quarterback, you have to have a great leadership, great attention to detail, and a relentless competitive nature. And that’s what I try to bring to the table, and I have a long way to go. I’m still learning, and I’m still on a constant quest for knowledge.
My first signing bonus was 3,500 bucks. I bought speakers and a five-disc carousel CD changer. Dude, I thought I was the wealthiest quarterback around.
I never intended to be a running quarterback.
I think the first thing that my sons will tell you, that I never tried to be their coach. And I didn’t give them as much advice as some people might think, being a former player myself and a former quarterback. If they asked, I gave them my opinion.
What quarterback doesn’t like some speed on the outside?
I never want to be a father figure to my quarterbacks. I’ve got my own kids. I want to be the cool uncle you’d like have a drink with.
You don’t want a quarterback like Eli Manning looking down the field, ever. Ever, ever, ever.
We are in a situation where we can have a developing backup quarterback because of the excellence of Tony Romo. We can have that behind him. To me, that’s what you’re ideally striving for.
We need the quarterbacks. It’s a passing league and a quarterback-driven league. We need the Peyton Mannings in football uniforms out there playing – the Tom Bradys, the Drew Breeses, the Philip Riverses – we need those guys instead of them standing on the sideline.
When people talk about the great quarterbacks, it’s almost exclusively the guys who have won Super Bowls. There have been some very good ones who hardly get mentioned because they never won the big one. I don’t know if that’s fair, but that’s the way it is.
Point guard is like the quarterback. It’s an IQ-judgment position. The great ones are not about themselves. They’re about the others.
It’s hard to win with rookie quarterbacks, as I know.
I’m going to do what I need to do in meetings and out on the field to showcase my talent that I’m a franchise quarterback and I can be a really great quarterback in the NFL.
I’m going to play the quarterback position the way coaches install the plays; I’m going to go through the reads just like they install it.
I don’t like the rules about you can’t hit the quarterback.
Jim McMahon
In football, it’s the ultimate team sport. You have to have good people around you as a quarterback for things to happen.
If Kaepernick is trying to become a backup quarterback, and we’re seeing guys like Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith being picked ahead him, then you can argue that he is being blackballed.
Coach Gase has done amazing things, not with just quarterbacks but offenses in general.
I think there’s something inherently interesting in the Monday morning quarterback: the guy who, you know, sits at one end of the briefing room and tells everyone what they should’ve done and how they’ve screwed up.
Everyone talks about the good old days, when guys were tough and quarterbacks got crushed all the time, but back in the day, there weren’t defensive ends that were Mario Williams – 6-7, 300 pounds, 10 percent body fat, running a 4.7 40.
A quarterback that goes out and performs for you and is a franchise quarterback is more valuable than a player playing another position, but there’s a lot more risk there. It’s a more difficult position to play, and there are lot more failures.
The only thing I wanted to do since I was seven was play quarterback in the NFL, but as I grew older, I started to discover other interests.
And my father didn’t have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn’t have black quarterbacks, and I don’t think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5′ 11″. So I just picked baseball.
I know perfection in this game is very hard to do and pretty much impossible, but it’s what I strive for because I think it’s what you should do as a quarterback and as a leader.
When you start looking at guys like Brett Favre, for instance, and other great quarterbacks that have played – Peyton Manning – you say, ‘Gosh, how will these guys be replaced?’
Defensive guys don’t really understand. It’s totally different for offense. Defensive guys are convinced they know us but they just don’t understand. Quarterbacks have so much that they have to read and adjust to. They have to look at everybody on the defense. It’s totally different for the offense.
It just makes me laugh, when you talk to people who are ‘typical‘ men, masculine, they watch sports and they can armchair quarterback, but they don’t do anything themselves and they judge your masculinity.
Luckily, I had a guy like Andre Johnson to show me the ropes. He’s had many quarterbacks in his career and he still had a successful career. Just having a guy like that to tell me to control what I can control, that’s really all you can do.
I don’t think there’s any question that the Arena League allowed me to flourish. I played three years in a league where the quarterback wasn’t supposed to be stopped. We never wanted to kick. When I went into the NFL, I had that same mentality.
No quarterback ever won a championship that did it all by himself.
I definitely would embrace that opportunity to be the No. 1 overall pick, obviously that every quarterback would love to be that. It’s no different for me.
As a quarterback, you have to love it. As much as you like to turn around and hand the ball off – the whole traditional football game – as a quarterback, you gotta love putting it in the air.
Quarterback is not a position that you come in having not played it your whole life.
If you’re on a bus and going down a snowy mountain like in Tahoe, and the bus loses its brakes, where do you want to be sitting? Immediately, you all think, ‘In the back.’ But in the front would be the correct answer. As a quarterback, you want to take control of it.
By running routes on air, with any quarterback, if I did routes on air with a D-II quarterback, I should catch most of the balls.
I’m a very competitive person, but at the same time, as a quarterback, you gotta be poised; you gotta be very poised and patient. I’m pretty loose and relaxed, but I’m also very competitive.
Colin Kaepernick had a… maybe he had an epiphany. Maybe he had a realization that ‘I have a higher calling the playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.’
I was a receiver until I was a freshman in high school. I didn’t play quarterback until I was a freshman.
Playing quarterback is hard enough.
Obviously, you have to have some physical ability to play quarterback in the NFL.
If you chart SEC champions over a 20-year period, the one consistent thing to me is you’re not going to win if you don’t have a quarterback. It’s too critical of a position. He decides something every play.
I’m playing quarterback, I’m playing football, and I don’t try to make it more than that.
The positions I played in football, being a quarterback and a defensive back, you had to kind of have a little independent thinking.
Hale Irwin
I think it’s really difficult for a young team to beat an experienced quarterback like Philip Rivers twice in one season.
In this league you might have a quarterback within your division that you’re worried about running all over the place, the next week it’s a running back, so to be able to have multiple answers for every situation is probably a benefit for everybody.
Throwaways are OK. When a quarterback throws the ball away in our system, that’s a plus. That’s a plus decision. That’s the way I’ve always graded it.
For receivers… it’s a lot about timing, having chemistry with your quarterback to be successful and having a guy that you work with over the course of years.
Biggest influence is my parents. It’s funny but my mom was the first one that allowed me to play tackle football. My dad was not ready to let me play yet. She definitely was the one who allowed me to do it. Obviously my dad taught me to throw and be a quarterback.
If you still produce at the quarterback position, it doesn’t matter what age you are.
If bad quarterback play is damaging to the XFL, I think it’s damaging to any league at any level.
This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field. He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it.
I’m just trying to be the best quarterback possible. So as long as I’m playing well and improving every day, I will just continue this.
People have assumed that I have to run the ball before I can throw it most all of my career, all the way back before high school. It’s a stereotype put on me for a long time because I’m African-American, and I’m a dual-threat quarterback.
That’s the key to defending any quarterback: to make them throw before they want to throw.
One of the reasons I loved playing quarterback was that I got to call the plays. The cancer put me in a position where I really wasn’t in control anymore.
Len Dawson
Playing quarterback is a glamorous job. It’s awesome. It’s everything I dreamed it would be. But after a while, it loses its glamour. Somewhere along those 15 years, it becomes a job. Especially at the end, it became work. Game day was awesome, but all the rest of it was work.
I think as the quarterback of any NFL team, you put a tremendous amount of pressure on yourself to win ball games because that’s what you’re here to do and ultimately, that’s what you want to do.
At one point, there wasn’t a black quarterback in the NFL. When you start winning, then you start seeing more. Jumping up and down and screaming and calling people names is not going to change anything.
I want to be a Hall of Fame quarterback one day. By God, that’s not going to be easy. I want it to be hard, hard as hell, just so I can show that I can do it and prove to myself and to my teammates that they believe and trust in me.
You have to have a great offensive line, great quarterback and guys around you that believe in you and help you.
Just being the best quarterback, best teammate, best leader that I can be. I just worked on doing that every day and getting better, and hopefully that leads to some accolades and success down the road.
I know I’m a franchise quarterback.
Tom Brady is the two best quarterbacks of all time.
The quarterback is the most vulnerable one on the field. He’s in an awkward position a lot of times when he throws the ball. So he does have to be protected. You lose a quarterback, you’re in trouble. I don’t know if they can make it too safe. I think health becomes an issue.
Rubio rode his skill as a high school quarterback to college in Florida, followed by law school.
I was a runner, a failed quarterback, third-string quarterback, but in track I was a 2-miler.
For 15 years I have been lucky enough to play quarterback in the NFL and it has been the most incredible experience of my life. There wasn’t one second that I took it for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is.
It’s always good when the offensive head coach and the quarterback think like-minded. That’s a good thing.
It’s funny: a lot of roles I do read for mention physical presence – like, ‘built like a quarterback’ – and for me, it’s pretty boring because I don’t want that to be the most important thing. I’m not trying to be Dwayne Johnson.
Aaron Rodgers has always been one of my favorite quarterbacks.
I think the keys to defining quarterback mobility is a person that can extend plays. Not necessarily a Lamar Jackson-type… but a guy that can get a first down, be able to move around in the pocket, make a guy miss.
I want to be the best quarterback at Texas Tech, the best quarterback in the Big 12.
Playing quarterback you have to have quick reactions. You’ve got to be able to know pretty much everything that’s going on on the field, lateral quickness, lateral movements in the pocket.
As a kid, I always dreamt of being an NFL quarterback. I remember being 10 years old and saying, ‘Mom… I’m gonna throw a football in the NFL, and it’s going to be a touchdown, and everybody’s gonna love it.’
As a wide receiver, you don’t want to feel that the quarterback is only going to throw you the ball if you’re wide open.
Drew Henson could go down as the greatest quarterback in the history of Michigan football.
This game we play is the ultimate total team game. Quarterback by himself isn’t winning it. You got 11-12 coaches, you’ve got a lot of people that have a hand in it.
If you have to name me starting quarterback to go be a starting quarterback, then I probably have some issues I need to address.
Once you really understand your role… that’s why I think actors get lost in a series. Everybody wants to be the quarterback or the game-winning wide receiver. I’ve been around long enough and done enough stuff to where I don’t feel that way. I just want to do what I do as well as possible.
C. Thomas Howell
Quarterback is the most scrutinized and publicized position in sports.
I wasn’t the most well-liked person in Canton. I was a coach’s son who played quarterback. It was tough at times.
I never had a job. My first job was quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.
Jay Cutler, he’s a fine quarterback, but I think at times he gets a little nicked up.
I’m going to be a good quarterback, a great quarterback.
Anybody can be rattled. Tom Brady is a great quarterback, but at the end of the day, he is just a quarterback. It’s not like he is God.
I don’t believe that you can be too short as a quarterback. It’s not about height.
When we had a great defense at Tampa Bay, we always measured our defenses against the best quarterbacks.
Quarterbacks running in the SEC typically translate over well to the pro game. If you can run, take off and get 10 yards here and there against SEC defenses, there’s a good chance that you can do that at the NFL level as well.
The number of starting quarterbacks in the NFL from Texas speaks for itself.
The five big mistakes in football are the fumble, the interception, the penalty, the badly called play, the blocked punt – and most of these originate with the quarterback. Find a mistake-proof quarterback and you have this game won.
Woody Hayes
Every quarterback feels like he has something to prove.
It’s a quarterback-driven league, so quarterbacks get rewarded a lot of money.
I want every kid to go to college and be like a normal student. I want them to be able to go to a movie, go to a concert. I want them to be able to have that opportunity. But if you’re paying kids, are you going to pay a lineman less than you’re paying a quarterback? I don’t know how to explain that stuff.
I’m going to go out and be the best quarterback I can be and get the most out of my potential.
Eli Manning
The head coach is the director, the quarterback is the lead actor and the offensive linemen are the grips.
In my time, I experienced a black man not being able to be the quarterback of a football team.
Fortunately for a quarterback, you can play for a long time because you don’t get hit very often.
I like my kind of innate and natural ability in the pocket, and ability of anticipation, and all that stuff that’s important when it comes to playing quarterback.
As an offensive lineman, having spatial awareness is key: understanding where the quarterback is going to be and understanding what the defensive end might do depending on the play we’re running.
I think there comes a time with a quarterback, especially when things go a little sideways, that players begin to try to do things a little uncharacteristic of what they’ve done in the past.
One thing that translates from college to the NFL is winners, and, I think, being a quarterback, that’s the biggest thing: being recognized, winning games.
If I was going to play offense, I’d love to play running back. In high school I played quarterback and wide receiver, but I wouldn’t mind running over some folks.
Ronnie Lott
I’ve played with some of the best that have ever played, obviously. I don’t know if there is anybody that is a better technician than Peyton Manning. Tom Brady is another quarterback that I was fortunate enough to play with for a bunch of years.
Going from reporter to anchor is like going from wide receiver to quarterback. As anchor, you’re running the plays and having the feel of the show – and knowing when to be more upbeat or slow down.
Sometimes, quarterbacks just get hurt. So do running backs, so do linemen, so do wide receivers. Blaming innovative schemes for these injuries is shortsighted.
What’s the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.
Everybody goes through situations like this. A tipped ball, a shoe-string tackle on a third-down scramble by the quarterback where he has 40 yards to run.
I think there’s a special relationship between the center and quarterback.
Jimmy Garoppolo
For me, as a pocket quarterback, there wasn’t much adjustment as I got older.
You’ve got to try to find ways to dominate in any way – it ain’t about getting sacks, it’s about making the big plays. If that’s pressing the quarterback, making them throw a pick – whatever you’ve got to do to try to dominate the game.
I think everybody individually does things a little differently. As a quarterback, every quarterback has their strengths and their weaknesses.
As a quarterback, you have to be able to nickel-and-dime down the field.
The most important thing I learned is I have to get my body in shape, because those men look good. Not just the other quarterbacks – everyone. Their bodies look good.
I’ve played with at least 10 quarterbacks.
If you’re the quarterback and want to be the best on the field, you’ve got to act like it.
My philosophy on quarterbacks is, first and foremost, you’ve got to keep them healthy and on the field.
It’s hard for anyone or any situation to rattle me, as a quarterback and a person.
Since I was a D-team backup quarterback in seventh grade, I’ve loved the game.
Everyone knows quarterback is a position where it takes a while to really start playing well.
I think the only time I doubted myself was my senior year in high school. I was not offered a Division I scholarship. I remember a scout from Ohio State coming in and looking at my film. He was all excited to meet me. Then he met me and I was 5’10” and he said that I was not a Division I quarterback.
That’s why I play football… to be the quarterback, to be the guy with the ball in his hands.
Case Keenum
I think there are different kinds of quarterbacks, and if you look at any offense, there are different kind of quarterbacks, but you play to the strengths of whoever the quarterback is for the team.
I’m kind of like the quarterback: being able to orchestrate a lot of things out there on the field and being able to run different schemes and coverages.
It’s hard to throw the football when you have some instability at quarterback or if you don’t have the weapons around you.
Kids are doing more in their offseason. That’s what the college quarterbacks, the pro quarterbacks do. That’s how you get better.
I do feel like the quarterback of the defense is pretty important, so not having that piece would put a damper on the defense.
The quarterback is an extension of the coach and has a certain type of swagger mentality, on and off the field.
Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he’s a great player, and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year.
Eli Manning
We always think we can get to the quarterback, put pressure on him.
Our quarterbacks were getting hurt; a couple got kicked out of school. The coach asked who wanted to try out for QB. I went and tried out, and from there on, I was a quarterback. I was ineligible in 10th grade until spring, so I did baseball. I started in left field and pitched.
It means a lot to me as a quarterback if my receivers think I’m a good quarterback. It doesn’t really matter what everybody else thinks, but it means a lot to me when I feel like those guys trust me.
If I believe that I became the best quarterback that I could possibly be, the best football player that I could possibly be… That’s how I’m going to measure my career as a success or not.
It’s one thing as a quarterback to sit there and warm up. And there’s one thing to throw routes. And there’s another thing when you drop back in the pocket and, when a guy comes open, to really be able to urgently – bam – all of a sudden. That guy’s open; your body has to do what your mind’s telling you.
You don’t want to read about your quarterback in the newspaper every day of the week.
There are times when the criticism is something you deserve as a quarterback, and there are times when the people doing the criticizing don’t know what they’re talking about.
When people talk about me, they talk about just the arm and that I have a big arm. I want to be able to change that mindset to, ‘He’s a great quarterback who just happens to have a great arm.’
People have assumed that I have to run the ball before I can throw it most all of my career, all the way back before high school. It’s a stereotype put on me for a long time because I’m African-American, and I’m a dual-threat quarterback.
My advice to the next quarterback that misses an entire year is to understand there is a little difference going out on the road again. You miss that. When you’re hurt, you do not feel like you are part of it.
We need to let the referee‘s sole thing be to protect the quarterback and get those late hits out of there. They even have a stat on television that says ‘knockdowns.’ Knockdowns means that you knock him down after he throws the ball. The assumption is, if it’s legal, we’ll make excuses for them.
The team only goes as far as their quarterback takes them.
So, there’s no guarantee in the NFL that if you’ve got the No. 1 pick or you’ve got a top-five pick, that you’re going to be able to draft a franchise quarterback.
You look at Matt LaFleur and where he’s been. It seems like successful quarterback play follows him.
It’s not a ton of fun being a backup quarterback.
As a quarterback, especially when I come off to the sideline, I am trying to get things corrected, trying to get things figured out and move on to the next series.
Well, that’s the question we have to answer as coaches. Is our franchise quarterback here? Is he on the roster? Is he being developed, or is he somewhere else?
Any time you have one-on-one time with any quarterback, it’s very valuable.
As a rookie, I had changed positions. In college, I was a quarterback, and I had never played other positions.
There probably isn’t another position in all of team sports that I can think of that has the same level of import as the quarterback.
The quarterback gets plenty of protection in the pocket, and he picks up protection out of the pocket; he’s got protection down the field on his slides.
You’re shooting the quarterback, and he drops back to pass the ball, and you see the ball leave his hand at 10 frames per second. At 7 frames per second, the ball’s already gone.
Scott Kelby
There was a period of time where the two most wanted guys in the state of Oklahoma were me and Josh Heupel. Me for suggesting that you could throw the ball at Oklahoma and in the Big 12. And Josh Heupel for having the temerity to play quarterback and not be able to run faster than 5 flat.
That’s what I love the most about being a quarterback. Everybody looks to you to make a play. They look to you to say something that’s going to spark the team. I take full pride in that every single day.
We did all the strategy right on the field. Today, the coaches call all the plays, so all the quarterbacks have to do is perform. They are more or less programmed.
I’ve just tried to do everything I can personally to be the best quarterback I can be, whether it’s doing extra work for my rehab, extra work in the film room, on the board, extra work out on the field with my drops and footwork.
So the truth is, if there’s a lesson to be learned from mobile quarterbacks, it is deliver the ball from the pocket, which demands mastery of the data that is involved working in the pocket, which is, ‘I know everything about everything.’
I just want to be a complete professional quarterback, and that’s going to take time.
Pushing guys to be the best, that’s part of the role I’ve always taken being a quarterback.
I love the Buffaloes and I want to be the quarterback for the 2016 season.
It’s hard to be a leader right away, but playing quarterback, you have to.
I think early in my development as a quarterback, before I ever got a Division I college offer or anything, my brother was in the spotlight, first-round draft pick. People expected me to be him, but I was underdeveloped, undersized, unrecruited… so it was tough at that point.
You name the sport, I’ve played it. I was quarterback for a football team one year, played volleyball, played softball – you name it.
You could arm-chair quarterback what the president did or didn’t do, or was asked to do or asked not to do. I guess I’m more focused on what’s going forward.
The only model to me that correlates with big success in the NFL is having a Hall of Fame franchise quarterback.
I’ve always kind of been even-keeled. I think that’s a good trait for a quarterback to have.
The simplest way to win in the National Football League is to knock out the starting quarterback. You know, throughout the years, history has proven if your number one quarterback goes down, your chances for success become very limited.
You can’t just run in there and expect to get to the quarterback. There’s good backs, good linemen, good protection that’s designed so it’s not easy to get there. A lot of it’s technique.
My job is to make the quarterback position as easy as we can.
I started when I was in sixth grade, playing Pop Warner. I played running back, quarterback, cornerback… all over the place.
Its a touchy subject, ’cause I never want to take it there, where it seems like it’s all about race. But I feel like that’s something that comes along with the territory of being a black quarterback. When you have success – ‘Oh, you’re a freak athlete.’ Not, ‘Oh, you’re a good quarterback.’
A quarterback has to trust the quarterback coach. And the quarterback coach has to trust him.
I think Tyrod Taylor is actually a better quarterback than he gets credit for, because he does not make mistakes.
Typically, there’s about 20, 25 percent turnover every year. So, every three or four years with the exception of, as is the case with the Patriots and the quarterback, you have a roster turnover.
Everything falls on the quarterback.
You know, I’m an African-American quarterback. That may scare a lot of people because they – they haven‘t seen nothing that they can compare me to.
If I could play football, I’d play football. But not women‘s football – real football. Or I’d just date a quarterback.
Portia Doubleday
There aren’t 32 of them in the world that I think can be quarterbacks of Super Bowl champion teams. Supply is short.
East Texas isn’t known for producing quarterbacks. I was never really on the football circuit. I wasn’t the type of guy that put my name out there.
Andrew Luck is a great quarterback.
When you’re a quarterback, and you’re dropping back, I can’t watch what the receivers are doing.
I loved football even before I married a quarterback; it’s not for every woman, but I like it.
Holly Robinson Peete
I guess, to tell you the truth, I’ve never had much of a desire to grow facial hair. I think I’ve managed to play quarterback just fine without a mustache.
A lot of the CTE stuff, you see in football, and that’s because of the constant collision. These guys are doing it every week, and it’s not like the running back is getting this problem, or the quarterback, it’s the guys on the front line that keep going into each other. It’s those guys.
The No. 1 stat is wins. As a quarterback, you get evaluated on winning.
My entire career, you can’t say Travis Kelce without Alex Smith. He’s been my quarterback, he’s been the guy. I owe a lot of my success to him.
If you want to run the read option with your starting quarterback that’s had two knee surgeries, that’s on you.
You’ve got to protect your quarterback.
Any time you see your quarterback hurt, your heart drops for a second.
My quarterbacks have to be a member of my family, and that has nothing to do with football. Trust is everything. We have to connect on a deep level in order to really be able to build something together.
I definitely feel like I have the skills to play quarterback at a high level in the NFL.
I think anytime you can take as much off the quarterback as possible, that only helps them out in the long run.
I love having the ball with two minutes left, down a touchdown. That’s when I’m right in the zone… I’m a Catholic and a quarterback. Those are the two things that really shape my life. I’d much rather be the underdog than the favorite any day of the week.
I think my game isn’t very flashy, but the test of time for the position of quarterback is how fast can you get the ball out of your hands to the right guy? And I think I do that better than everyone else.
At the end of the day, I want to have an opportunity to play quarterback in the NFL.
That Bears quarterback is no good. He’s washed up. He’s 30.
Donny Most
I think when you get Robert Griffin, one of the most explosive quarterbacks to ever play the position, in a Mike Shanahan-type system, the possibilities are very exciting, I think, with Mike Shanahan’s imagination.
Dez Bryant isn’t a quarterback. He’s not a leader. He’s a talented, high-maintenance wide receiver.
Andy Reid really dominated the NFC with Donovan McNabb as his best quarterback, got to a Super Bowl. Then he goes to the AFC, wins with Alex Smith. He’s won with five or six quarterbacks.
No one’s taking quarterbacks, for the most part, in the first round that haven’t had a lot of success.
I definitely wanted to be playing the quarterback position.
Quarterbacks will make plays; they always do. But I think the team that runs the ball the best will win.
I love getting after that quarterback! That’s my deal: sacking the quarterback.
Gaines Adams
I was a baseball player at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington even though I was all-city in basketball, even when I signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at Washington State.
I think, as quarterback and as a football player, you always want to get better.
I worked at a place that followed a system where the quarterback was taught to take the sack rather than force the throw. That’s kind of an old-school theory, but it has existed in this game.
I coached the Bucs with a Florida State quarterback named Brad Johnson. Things worked out all right.
I’ve always known being a professional athlete is tough, let alone being a quarterback in the National Football League. There’s a lot on you, a lot of pressure on you to succeed. You take the glory and you take the falls, but that’s what I signed up to do.
Who cares if they throw a football that has no air pressure? What does it matter? Why don’t we let the quarterbacks do whatever they want to the football? I don’t understand why there’s any rules.
When I got drafted, I was a spread-option quarterback. It was, ‘OK, you’ve got to get under center, throw to the fullback, throw to the tight end. You’ve got to learn to be a pro quarterback.’ And there was a learning curve there, and I did have to learn some of that.
Ryan Leaf is doing great now. If he progresses the way he is now, we’re going to have a quarterback that’s going to be reckoned with in the near future. And that’s not political.
When you play quarterback in San Francisco, not much goes under the radar.
Every quarterback’s goofy. Every player out here is goofy. Don’t think they’re all serious.
Drew Brees, Kyle Orton, Curtis Painter – the recent legacy of quarterbacks at Purdue speaks for itself. I think it’s ‘Quarterback U.’ The facilities are just beautiful. I didn’t expect them to be as great as they were.
Most young quarterbacks are on the field because their team stinks.
I’m not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that.
Eli Manning
I think that for a lot of young quarterbacks, sometimes it’s difficult to get thrown into the fire quickly because from my experience, either you learn how to be a professional from the veteran players.
I want to be remembered as the greatest quarterback who ever played. You have to go out and prove it first, and then you have to go out and work hard.
I’ve said publicly, and it’s true, I’ve had a lot of wonderful things come my way. But personally, the greatest thing I ever accomplished was when I was named the starting quarterback at Ole Miss. That was my childhood dream, as it was thousands of kids in Mississippi.
What’s the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.
Terry Brennan
I’ve always had visions of being a starting quarterback. That’s why I come to work every day.
Of course, in pro ball, they never hit the quarterback in practice.
My high school coach was a big Clemson fan, and I told him, ‘As long as I’m the starting quarterback here, I’m not going to lose to South Carolina.’
In football, if you don’t have the best O-line or receivers, maybe you’re not as good of a quarterback as you can be. And it goes vice versa. If you’re an average quarterback and you have a great O-line and great receivers, your play gets lifted.
I’ve never really gone for the razzle-dazzle types: no quarterbacks, no flashy guys, and no Prince Charmings.
No matter who’s at quarterback, you’ve got to be prepared and be ready to help out the team.
As you progress high school, college into the league, you can tell the difference between quarterbacks with their timing and the way the ball comes out of their hand.
I cried when I was drafted by Buffalo… You can’t be a great quarterback in snow and 30 mile-an-hour wind.
Are there things you can do with the rest of your personnel or are things you can do schematically to help a quarterback? I think so. But at the end of the day, that quarterback still has to be a driving force of your team, especially if you want to be a consistent winner over time.
Quarterback play starts with your eyes and feet. Those have to be in the right place and have to be on time.
I was a quarterback in college. I hoped to go to the NFL, and I didn’t get drafted. I then became a free agent. I could sign with whoever I wanted to, and I ended up going to Pittsburgh.
It is relatively easy… to determine whether or not a blow to a quarterback was deemed excessive or incidental. So I’m discouraged that there have been a number of games that are influenced – not that the outcomes are in question – but a number of games influenced based on the protection of the quarterback.
It’s a tough situation as a defender to be put in. I understand what they’re doing trying to protect quarterbacks. I’ve been on the receiving end of a few of those where you appreciate them trying to take care of you a little bit, but I do see the conflict that it puts a defender in.
If your quarterback wants a deflated football, your soccer-style kicker is going to want it kind of full. If your quarterback wants it really full, your straight-on kicker is going to want less air in it. It’s a regulation football; let them use it however they want to. You use your own ball.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, you could hit the quarterback low, you could hit the quarterback high. You could hit him pretty much late.
Vinny Testaverde
Playing the scout-team quarterback in practice really helped develop my game.
The better quarterbacks are real consistent. Rookie quarterbacks are not.
If you’re a quarterback and you keep throwing interceptions, you change quarterbacks.
Our players are educated. They know. If you knowingly break the rules, we’re going to move on. We’ll find someone else to play quarterback.
To show my quarterbacks how much I believe in them, I let them pick their favorite plays that we’ll run in the game. On the nights before a game we’ll sit down in a hotel conference room and we’ll have six third-down calls for certain distances.
Playing quarterback, you rely on everybody. Everybody impacts you.
I’ve said for many, many years, as long as I can ever remember, when I’m asked, ‘Hey, what do you look for first in a quarterback?’ The first thing I look for is accuracy, because the rest of it doesn’t matter.
No quarterback ever won a championship that did it all by himself.
Everybody’s watching when you’re the quarterback. The other players see how much you want it.
Preseason football is hard to evaluate. It’s never going to be clean for the quarterbacks. You have to overcome the ugly plays and be productive. It’s a component of leadership that is necessary. The guys that make it in the league survive that.
You compare a goalie position to a quarterback to a pitcher. You’re going to make that decision of what’s gonna happen to you. They’re a high-pressure position. They’re fun just for that.
People ask me who he reminds me of. The way he’s playing, I’d say he doesn’t remind me of anybody. I’ve never seen anybody – running back, quarterback, wide receiver – make the plays that Vince Young made today.
Dan Fouts
Being a quarterback, the way I believe is there’s always so much room to improve. Any little detail. I always cut up the film and try to watch what I can improve on, whatever little detail it is.
I killed many a quarterback. I felt like I scored when I took their head off.
Harvey Martin
I wouldn’t be the first quarterback from California to go to cold weather. I think Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are doing pretty well and been able to do it.
I’m a backup quarterback at the University of Dayton. I was a one-year starter in high school. I think I got the job in high school because our quarterback left and went to another school.
Sometimes you can line up with a quarterback after getting traded or going to a new team, whether it’s the draft or whatever, and it not go smooth.
Game day can be emotional, and there are a lot of ups and downs throughout a game, but as a quarterback, you have to be able to see the bigger picture, steady that ship, get all the guys focused in on the task at hand, and keep the thing moving.
I got three years invested in Brett Hundley, two years invested in Joe Callahan. The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be.
As an Oklahoma quarterback, you learn to perform under pressure.
There are some sacrifices you have to make being a quarterback in the National Football League.
From the standpoint that you try to adjust your offense to your quarterback, you try to adjust your football team around your players. You do the best you can with the hand that you have, and you’ve got to add some parts along the way.
When you play quarterback in the NFL, you’re going to get scrutinized.
Head coach and quarterback have a record attached to them. And I have always felt a great responsibility to help lead our team to win games, the division and ultimately the Super Bowl.
I got a small window of time to be an NFL quarterback. Some day when I’m done playing I can sit back and look at what we accomplished, or how does it feel, or what’s it like.
When I was a kid, my father brought home the autobiography of Sid Luckman, the great Chicago Bears quarterback – probably an extra copy from the sports department where he worked. It was the first sports biography I ever read.
There are times when I’m watching an NFL quarterback struggling to get through the game, and I get bitter to some extent.
Jeff Garcia
If you ask any great player or great quarterback, there’s a certain inner confidence that you’re as good as anybody. But you can’t say who is the absolute best. To be considered is special in itself.
I think when you look at the quarterback position, and this mastery of the craft we talk about, it really is an advanced degree. It’s like going to med school, or law school, or getting your PH.D. It really is that type of educational effort, on the field and off the field.
I know I’ve got a lot of flaws as a quarterback.
It’s a challenge for all quarterbacks, though: You want to make the big play; you want to throw a touchdown every single play. But at the same time, you have to know that it’s a process.
Any team, if you can rattle the quarterback you have an opportunity to win the game.
You add a good receiver and that will take pressure off your quarterback.
If anybody should be a judge of quarterbacks, I’ve played with the most quarterbacks in NFL history throughout my first four years.
I don’t play too much into the color game, because I don’t want to be the best African American quarterback, I want to be the best quarterback.
Any defensive coordinator is worried about two things: a running quarterback and a deep ball. You know, don’t get beat deep and don’t let the quarterback run, because a big part of your defense can’t account for the quarterback as a runner, so he gets a free run.
Look, you can never have enough quarterbacks.
I knew my chances of playing beyond college were extremely slim. You just don’t see too many 5-foot-10 quarterbacks out there.
I’m very humble that people are accepting me, and they are proud that I’m their quarterback.
What a humbling experience, being an NFL quarterback.
The quarterback position gets a lot of attention.
I just don’t think you pass on a great quarterback if you have the opportunity. If need be, you can trade it away.
I want to know what everyone is doing on every play, all the way from protection to tailback to progressions of quarterbacks.
I played every position, from right tackle to quarterback and everything in between.
Playing quarterback in the National Football League, getting to the Super Bowl is an incredible challenge.
Footwork is the biggest element to any quarterback game because if it’s off, it will mess with your mechanics.
My mindset is I’m a quarterback. But I love being on the field.
Alex Smith is – I think he is a winner, and he’s a smart quarterback, and I’m a fan of his.
No quarterback goes out there and plays well on his own.
Being a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers would be a dream. I have a lot of respect for the black and gold.
When you play quarterback, you have to process information quickly, get the ball out of your hand to the right guy.
The Super Bowl is like a movie, and the quarterback is the leading man.
If he can basically prepare, be the starting quarterback, come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden.
You learn, across the league, with very successful quarterbacks, nobody does it by themselves.
I think as a play-caller, you have to just go out there, rely on your guys that you have that are out there, rely on the fact that they have ability. And as a quarterback, you have to go out there and just go through your reads.
When you look at the best of the best, those quarterbacks played with one team. And if you point at a couple guys who didn’t, who changed teams, it really was against their will.
The question of many college quarterbacks is can they operate in the pro game, in the pro system. Can they not only function under the early, especially with our game, but can they do it efficiently?
Denard Robinson was my quarterback in high school. Never had his shoes tied. I don’t see how you can play like that.
I’m really impressed with Kolb there in Philadelphia. He’s a very talented quarterback.
My favorite quarterback is Donovan McNabb. I think he’s a complete quarterback. I love the way he can scramble and throw on the run. He can do it all. He can control a game.
When you really think about it and look at the number of quarterbacks who come through the league, not many of them have Super Bowl careers.
If you look around, there are very few really super quarterbacks. There are just very few. If you’re lucky enough to have one, lucky enough that one of these Andrew Lucks is available when you have the top pick, then that’s just a matter of luck. You can’t attribute that to anything else.
I’ve been playing this position since I was about 9 years old. For me, it’s just, ‘Come out here and be the best quarterback I can be.’
You don’t have to go out there and fit the mold of what a quarterback is supposed to be. Make your own mold and do the best at each role. If you can run with the best and throw with the best, you can be the best quarterback in your own version of the position.
If any other part of your body has some weakness, you go, ‘Well I can probably manage.’ But when you’re a quarterback, and it’s your right hand, you’re certainly concerned far as being able to do your job.
All quarterbacks, each play is its own entity, and you can pick apart each play. Sometimes they do a good job getting to the checkdown, and sometimes they progress faster.
I loved the idea of playing quarterback on Friday Night Lights in high school, that whole experience. I wanted to be a Division I quarterback, that became my goal growing up, other than being a professional hockey player.
You don’t throw your quarterback under the bus, the guy who makes you who you are.
I handled myself as a quarterback in the manner I thought necessary.
I assume everybody thinks they’re a top-five quarterback. I mean, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’m top five, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’d be very successful at my job if I didn’t feel that way.
As a quarterback, I appreciated the passer rating whether you threw the ball a majority of the time or if you didn’t throw it as much. You were judged on a level playing field, and I thought teams should be ranked similarly.
The best thing for any team is to make the quarterback feel pain. You’ve got to be respectful of the rules of the game and honestly you don’t want to hurt anybody, but to make him feel you is to bring his eyes down.
When you lose a good player, it’s like losing a quarterback.
I think I could describe the perfect quarterback. Take a little piece of everybody. Take John Elway’s arm, Dan Marino’s release, maybe Troy Aikman’s drop-back, Brett Favre’s scrambling ability, Joe Montana‘s two-minute poise and, naturally, my speed.
I set the bar high, and I’ll do anything, whatever it takes to win. I care more about this game than most people ever will. When you mix a lot of those things with a winning mentality, it’s a good thing to have as a franchise quarterback.
You love for a quarterback to sometimes make the decision as the rush is coming and make the decision as the play, as opposed to where that computer is hitting it fast and he’s knowing where to go with the ball at the right time.
I remember asking my mom, ‘Can you be the quarterback and the drum major at halftime?’ I mean it’s like, what in the world? I wanted to go play quarterback, and I wanted to lead the band. I don’t know how old I was but I vaguely remember asking them that.
I’ve had a different career than a lot of different quarterbacks, but this has been a career that I’ve loved and a position that I like being in.
Everybody thinks when I say a guy is a good game manager, that’s a negative, but I think it’s a real positive. You have the ball in your hand every time when you’re a quarterback. Whether you’re handing it off or throwing to somebody, I think that’s extremely important.
People know Troy Aikman as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. That carries tremendous weight. Because he really guards against overexposure, or just saying stuff for effect. When he really says something that’s critical, people notice.
Sometimes you can have the quarterback and no system. Sometimes, you can have a system with an average quarterback and do well.
If you play against a Peyton Manning, that’s a great quarterback, but I’d rather have that quarterback that stays still. You have a better chance of getting to him. The mobile quarterbacks, they do a lot of different stuff.
I feel I’m my own quarterback and have accomplished my own things.
I don’t know what to say… There’s always animosity when a singer leaves a band. It’s like you’re a football team and the quarterback just split for more money on another team.
When you start looking at guys like Brett Favre, for instance, and other great quarterbacks that have played – Peyton Manning – you say, ‘Gosh, how will these guys be replaced?’
You’ve got to find the quarterback. Once you find the quarterback, you can fix the other things.
I have a lot of empathy for quarterbacks.
A lot of people say, ‘Oh, playing backup quarterback, that’s the best position in the world.’ Well, what they don’t understand is when we leave the building at 5 o’clock on Wednesday or Thursday when practice wraps up, we still need to go home and study and prepare just like you’re the starter.
The name of the game is ‘kill the quarterback.’ Every football team tries to knock the guy out of the game that’s handling the ball.
Quarterbacks can still have good bodies. I’m always conscious of the stereotype. I want to change what people think. There’s a lot more to it than what you see on the field.
When you are a free agent like I was, it definitely makes a big difference when you know there’s stability at the quarterback position.
I can’t compare quarterbacks as apples and oranges in my mind because everybody’s in a different system.
When you play quarterback your whole life, you’re kind of taught to sit in the pocket. If you want to get out of there quick, you probably shouldn’t play quarterback.
This is the ultimate team sport, and I really feel that the quarterback position is the epitome of that.
I think you have to go deep into the bag of tricks, so to speak, to try and slow down the quarterback.
No one ever dreams about being a backup quarterback.
With any rookie quarterback, the more help you can get the better.
I think at times I have to be careful not to stick my foot in my mouth and not to have the pedal to the metal at all times, because that can hurt me as a quarterback.
I’m a big believer in your offensive limitations come from your quarterback.
My goal was to be the starting quarterback at Texas Tech and I didn’t reach that goal.
Matthew Stafford, I think he’s straight. I don’t think he the best quarterback out there. But he do what he gotta do.
As soon as you make mistakes, or you have an off year, even if it’s not your fault as a quarterback… I’ve always said the quarterback and the head coach always get too much blame when you lose and too much credit when you win.
Eli Manning
People say how unbelievable and enjoyable this whole thing must be. But watching your children play quarterback, putting themselves on the line every game, getting smacked around and bloodied up… it’s very, very hard.
I don’t believe I was meant to be a professional quarterback. I was meant to have these life experiences and be an impact on others who’ve struggled. That’s what I’m meant to do.
The heartbeat of a football team is the quarterback position and I think everyone who has any intelligence about the game understands you must have consistency at that position to be a championship team.
Being around a couple good tight ends in my history, both in Philadelphia and Carolina, namely in Chad Lewis and then in Greg Olsen, you see how that helps a young quarterback whether he becomes a security blanket, he can turn a five-yard completion into a 15-yard gain.
Quarterbacks are leaders; it is what it is.
Though little known in the U.S., the Dakar is a sports juggernaut in Europe, where France‘s state broadcasting company runs more than 25 hours of coverage, and the leading drivers and riders are accorded the same status we give to Super Bowl quarterbacks.
I like to be try to be a mentor to some of the younger quarterbacks in the NFL.
If there’s one perk, it’s being the quarterback of America’s team and being able to make a difference off the field.
There are a lot of guys who play in pro-style offenses who are not prepared when they come out of college. Either you’re coaching the quarterback to be a quarterback, or you’re not.
I had to find stories no one else was writing, so I got away from the quarterback and the coach. I’m still looking for stories no one else has written.
John Branch
I have tremendous respect for both John Elway and Peyton Manning as people and as quarterbacks in the NFL, but I was not concerned one bit with playing in their shadow.
I’m getting better as a quarterback. A lot of that is an understanding of the game, of myself, of who I’m playing against.
I would be lying to you if I haven’t been out on the football field and told a quarterback to give me a post route and simulated me catching it and running into the end zone, envisioning scoring that game-winning touchdown.
I was a quarterback in pee-wee football. I always wanted to be quarterback. They’re the leaders, they make the calls. It didn’t work out because I didn’t have the arm. I also played wide receiver my senior year in high school.
I’m pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far and I don’t think that’s where you want to be, and that’s not why you are brought in or people or excited about you.
At the quarterback position I would say mental is just as important as physical. Then there’s that emotional component too.
Of course, anyone would want Marshawn Lynch. Any quarterback in the NFL.
Coaches are well aware, especially at quarterback, that it’s not the system but the player who comes first.
The world of football has changed. ‘We’re going to start a freshman quarterback!’ ‘Oooh really?!’ That was taboo. It’s not a shock anymore.
When things go well, the quarterback is the one who sees all the attention. When things go wrong, they are the ones who get criticized the most.
I feel like too many guys get wrapped up in this image that a quarterback is supposed to have, and I’ve never bought into that.
We were talking about how old quarterbacks can’t throw before 10 am… Practice starts too early for us. Wake me up in the middle of the night and I can throw. I can throw anytime.
It all goes through the quarterback.
That’s how I judge a quarterback: Either you make plays or you don’t. I don’t even want to talk about mechanics.
Fran Tarkenton
If you take a step back and you look at the overall picture, there’s a lot of teams in this league that could use a quarterback of Colin Kaepernick’s ability.
In order to win in this league, you have to have a quarterback who can make all the throws, who makes great decisions, somebody who can get you out of bad situations, that just gives you a chance.
Many quarterbacks have won throughout their career and had a lot of success… and have a lot of wins, but were not able to win that Super Bowl… But that is the ultimate goal.