Cross-sport comparisons are usually inaccurate and don’t hold much value, but it is very interesting to look at the new breed of quarterback coming through the college ranks. It is a term I refer to as the “point guard quarterback”. They are smart, quick, accurate, and can trick a linebacker or safety with deadly ball fakes. I use this comparison to a point guard because with this new dual-threat read-option offense, quarterbacks that possess the characteristics a point guard has are the ones being effective on the field.
They improvise, they can create offense on the fly, and they can run the fast break (no huddle) offense to perfection. What else does a point guard and quarterback have to have?
Poise. Looking into Russell Wilson, he carries all these traits. Words we use are “creates throwing lanes” and “breaking the pocket” for Wilson, words we also use for my point guard comparison for Wilson: Chris Paul. Both undersized for their position, they both create separation to get their respective shots off, whether it be running or throwing for Wilson.
Wilson is a leader, and exemplifies what hard work and dedication can do for someone. The read option offense is taking the league by storm, but it is the ball fake that creates its effectiveness. Anyone can run the offense, but it is making the defensive end freeze that creates the open lanes. Wilson used his play action read option about half-way throughout the season and it wasn’t a coincidence he had 20 total touchdowns and 2 interceptions in the second half of the season. He also posted an 82.4 QBR in games 1-8, and a 120.3 in games 9-16, marking the difference in Wilson after the read option was implemented. It isn’t a gimmick, it is a weapon. It allows for the leader, the point guard, to slice up the secondary.
Here is a list of my top 5 point guard quarterbacks and their comparisons.
Honorable Mention: The up and comers.
Johnny Manziel = Ricky Rubio
Tajh Boyd = Damian Lillard
Teddy Bridgewater = Kyrie Irving
5.) Ben Roethlisberger = Jason Kidd
4.) Cam Newton = Magic Johnson
3.) Colin Kaepernick = Deron Williams
2.) Russell Wilson = Chris Paul
1.) Robert Griffin III = Rajon Rondo