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Bomani Jones Says The NFL Won’t Let The White QB Go Extinct (Video)

by Glenn Erby | Posted on Friday, September 13th, 2013
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The topic of the week in pro football circles of course has been the conversation regarding the evolution of the black quarterback in the NFL.

Opinions seem to vary on the topic.

Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead got the ball rolling when he wrote this piece titled, “The Golden Age of The Black Quarterback.”

There were some in the sports media who thought it was a quality piece of work.  Others in the media chose their own rebuttal to the piece including my boss here at BlackSportsOnline who would prefer that the phrase black quarterback be abolished all together.  

With the success that mobile quarterbacks  are having around the league, the question now asked was whether or not the NFL would allow the pocket passing primarily white quarterback to disappear from the game.

The topic was brought up during Tuesday’s episode of Highly Questionable on ESPN2.  co-anchor Bomani Jones had some controversial things to say about the NFL and their treatment of white quarterbacks.

The segment started with Jones and Le Batard discussing the Monday Night Football performance of Philip Rivers. During the segment, Jones called Rivers Monday Night’s performance evidence of the “the continuation of one of the more maddening and confusing things,  the fall of Philip Rivers.

Rivers of course has gone from one of the top five quarterbacks in the game, to a turnover machine, who looks lost in crunch time.

At that point, Le Batard made the comment that Philip Rivers was looking at guys like Colin Kaepernick and thinking these thoughts.

 “Oh my god! I’m in danger and I am about to become extinct. My kind of quarterback isn’t going to be here ten years from now.”

That commentary led Bomani Jones to add this comment.

 “yes it will, that kind of quarterback, they make sure it doesn’t go away”. Jones later went on to comment that when Michael Vick came around, the NFL made sure to make slow quarterbacks as more valuable than ever before.

Was that a shot fired?

Some took great offense to Jone’s comments, asking what he was thinking, and flat out calling his comments ludicrous. Those comments simply can’t be out of whack if guys like Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart and Kevin Kolb continue to get opportunities.

I thinks should have just reworded his statement and his question

The question simply should have been will the NFL let the pure drop back pocket passers of the Bledsoe, Brady, and Marino pedigree become and unknown.

In my opinion, Jones simply meant that as long as the NFL employs the same scouts, who employ the same grading system for quarterbacks, a pure drop back passer will always be more highly thought of and valued over the new age of athletic quarterbacks.

Say what you want about Andrew Luck, his athletic ability, and his over 120 carries last season as a rookie for the Colts.  Luck is held in such high regard because of his ability to simply drop back, makes sound reads, and accurate, efficient throws.

The white quarterback will never go extinct, but the white quarterback with the long throwing motion, or the white quarterback who can’t move his feet or escape pressure will be no more.

That’s not a race or color thing, it’s a that’s where the game is headed thing.

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  1. Truth says:

    Im sick and tired of this BULLSHIT, does racial profiling still exist in america? hell yes im not naive. but im sorry when you have blacks spewing out BS like this it only makes things worse. why hasn’t the “white QB” been extinct ? because the top peyton manning, aaron rodgers drew brees and tom brady are still the top 4 QB’s in the game today. with brady and manning being slow as a grand piano. why do they prefer those qb’s? because of all the hype behind RG3 , while he may be good has had TWO acl surgeries already in his very young career. micheal vick (one of my faves btw) is always hurt because of his playing style. why the FUCK does it have to be about race? the “slow white QB” have proven time and time again to be the top qb’s in the league . why you may ask ? because when these guys playing QB are mobile and can get things done with their legs. the game tend to be easier at the high school and college level , so they hava alot of succes running and dont work as much on their throwing. but in the NFL things get harder. and as a QB it a great weapon to have when you can run . but you should be a passer first otherwise go play HB or WR.

  2. Casan says:

    For any white sports reporter with racist sentiments in America’s most beloved game, the white quarterback has been the center of their narrative of the game.

    Only 2-5 years ago, all you could hear about a game of football was the quarterback. The headlines featured the opposing two white quarterbacks. It was an accepted modern racism. The majority white population wanted to assert their dominance in the sport, even if it contradicted the performance in the field. At least it is more objective in the football pitch, imagine the subjective hiring/promotion in the corporate world?

    The word went out, the excess of this biased coverage, even when the white quarterback contributed little to the outcome of the game, spread…as many shockingly watched when all cameras and microphones raced to the quarterback even though anyone watching the game knew he did little to dictate the outcome!

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