MNF Review: Short QBs can thrive
December, 3, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/L.G. PattersonTexas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has the ability to create passing lanes when protection breaks down.The quarterback duel between Seattle's Russell Wilson and New Orleans' Drew Brees didn't materialize. But it was still a good Monday night for the small guy. At a shade under 5-foot-11, Wilson is the shortest starting quarterback in the NFL and, with significant playoff implications on the line, he outplayed Brees, the second-shortest at 6-foot.
Brees ran into a buzz saw last night, but his resume speaks for itself. He is a Super Bowl MVP who broke Dan Marino's single-season passing record in 2011, and he's close to becoming the first quarterback in league history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons. He had also thrown for at least 200 yards in 43 straight games before getting stymied by the Seahawks, and came within two games of breaking Dan Fouts' record 200-yard streak, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Although not as accomplished at this early stage in his career, Wilson has started every game since Seattle drafted him in the third round in 2012, and he's 22-6 the past two seasons. Brees and Wilson aren't the only quarterbacks who measure 6-foot or shorter and have succeeded in the NFL, either: Y.A. Tittle, Len Dawson, Fran Tarkenton and Joe Theisman all fall into that mold.