Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports has an interesting article this morning on the history of running quarterbacks and their ability to lead teams to Super Bowl wins.
Kirwan analyzed the 10 best running performances by quarterbacks over the history of the NFL, and compared them with how their team fared over the season.
Kirwan: Here are the top 10 all-time season running performances by quarterbacks.
1. Michael Vick (2006): 1,039 yards and a 7-9 record2. Bobby Douglas (1972): 968 yards and a 4-9-1 record3. Randall Cunningham (1990): 942 yards and a 10-6 record4. Michael Vick (2004): 902 yards and an 11-4 record5. Robert Griffin III (2012): 815 yards and a 9-6 record6. Michael Vick (2002): 777 yards and an 8-6-1 record7. Cam Newton (2012): 741 yards and a 7-9 record8. Cam Newton (2011): 706 yards and a 6-10 record9. Michael Vick (2010): 676 yards and an 8-4 record10. Steve McNair (1997): 674 yards and an 8-8 record
The combined record for the quarterbacks was 78-71-2 (52 percent), and none of them made it to the Super Bowl.
Of course, the impetus of Kirwan’s article is all of the success quarterbacks like Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III had running the read option offense in 2012.
However, unlike some of prolific runners in the past like Michael Vick, Bobby Douglas and Randall Cunningham, Wilson and the rest can still make plays from the pocket if you take away the read option.
Wilson ran for 489 yards last year. With Percy Harvin in the fold and another year of development, Wilson likely will run less in 2013.
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle gives us his top five players he’ll be watching at this week’s mandatory minicamp, which begins on Tuesday.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that defensive lineman Michael Bennett’s versatility makes him an ideal fit for Seattle’s defense.
Jason Jenks of The Seattle Times profiles Seattle rookie fullback Spencer Ware.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports that the Bears have traded former first round selection offensive lineman Gabe Carimi to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft. Carimi had not participated in Chicago’s offseason program. There’s been heated debate on the blog over the Seahawks selecting James Carpenter at No. 25 over Carimi, who was drafted by the Bears at No. 29 in the 2011 draft.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at the offensive linemen drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft and the number of starts they have over that time frame. New England’s Nate Solder (No. 17 and Miami’s Mike Pouncey (No. 15) top the list with 32 starts.
Greg Bishop of the New York Times’ story on the mysterious death former Grand Valley State quarterback Cullen Finnerty is worth a read this morning.