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i guess the distinction must be between "in the huddle" and "at the line." i have heard several times that Manning was--at least when at Indy--either the only quarterback to call his own plays or the one who called way more plays than any other qb
If he is the only person doing it that makes him the best out there and i guess then the other 31 QBs (including Brady/Rodgers/Brees) are system QBs and nothing more ?????????
I came across an article today which said that Peyton is the only one who calls his only plays in the huddle , is this true? i was under the impression that Brady too calls his own plays and changes them according to what the defense is showing him
No QBs call their own plays on an every down basis. I read that Steve Grogan was the last NFL QB to do so and that was back in the 80's. Plays are sent in via the headset and the better QBs like Brady and Manning can veto the play depending what they see at the line of scrimmage. Of course in a hurry up situation the QB may take over the play calling also.
the reason (if TRUE that he is only one); is NOT that ALL the other QBs are less celebral/capable; but rather that there is a NATURAL HUMAN TENDANCY to DEVELOP TENDANCIES. which good teams/coaches will avoid.
An OC on the sidelines with a choreographed play-card based on a well-thought out opponent specific game plan and a statistical tick mark showing which plays he has used and hasn't is going to be on average less predictable than a QB out there flying by seat of his pants. So, if a coach institutionalizes that the QB is allowed to do that 100% of the time, IMO he is an idiot.
I don't think it has anything to do with brains or whatever. There's noway a QB calling his plays is a good thing. First, they are in the heat of the moment and they can't rationally always think things through. They need somebody from the outside to survey the field and decide on next call. This would allow the QB to only worry about ensuring his players are in position, reading defense and so forth.
Also, OCs are likely thinking of next play right after they called the previous one. Based on the outcome, they probably have several plays they could call. In a 24 second window, somebody who's already busy on the field would never have enough time to effectively make the right calls. It would be complete chaos.
also if he is calling all of the plays, how does he handle those substitutions?
The Helmet mic is one way, so the only way the right players would know to get on the field is when the other players got off and told someone to get the right ones.