The quarterback (QB) is the leader of the offense on the field of play and is responsible for receiving all of the incoming plays from the offensive co-ordinator in the huddle. The QB then relays this play onto his teammates. The quarterback is also responsible for reading the defence prior to the snap of the ball and it is their responsibility to change the play if they see fit depending on what they see.
The quarterback is also known as the field general because of the above and some quarterbacks like Peyton Manning tend to receive three plays from the co-ordinator and he then chooses the best play at the line of scrimmage. As well as the above the QB is also the main passer on the team and is responsible for most of the forward passes and handoffs. There are several different types of quarterback and you will often hear them being referred to as a pocket passer or a mobile quarterback. Please see below examples of both:
THE POCKET QUARTERBACK
Firstly I would like to explain the term pocket. The pocket is the space behind the line of scrimmage in-between the hash marks. The pocket passer is someone who tends not to scramble around or run with the ball and usually passes the ball from this area known as ‘The Pocket’. Some examples of great pocket passers are Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Here are highlights of each of these examples:
THE MOBILE QUARTERBACK
The mobile quarterback is someone who likes to move around outside of the Pocket to pass the ball and they are also known for how well they scramble with the ball. Offenses with mobile quarterbacks also tend to use a play called the ‘read option’, and this is where after the QB receives the snap he decides whether or not to hand the ball to the running back or run with the ball himself. Some examples of great mobile quarterbacks are Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. Here are highlights of each of these examples: