New wave of quarterbacks

Joe Theismann talks about some of the young quarterbacks in the game.

Updated: October 13, 2006, 5:40 PM ET
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
Two weeks ago "Monday Night Football" covered the Green Bay Packers playing the Philadelphia Eagles and as is always the case with the Packers, the bulk of the coverage pertained to Brett Favre and his seeming impending retirement. That got me to thinking about the next wave of signal callers and how those young guys are doing and if I should be worried about whose hands my position will be led by. After watching guys like Favre, Dan Marino, John Elway, and Steve Young give way to great players like Donovan McNabb and Peyton Manning, I wonder about who is behind Manning and McNabb if they should falter. Will it be a series of just game managers or will it be a crew of gunslingers who challenge the records that Favre and Marino have set?

So let's take a look at that next generation of guys who've only been in the league for a couple seasons and just are getting their feet wet this season. It's a group that will be very good and will definitely win some hardware.

Philip Rivers: I spoke with some of the Baltimore Ravens defensive players after they played against Rivers and they were quite impressed by his mobility. Quarterback mobility has become a large part of today's game and he has enough to be dangerous. He knows how to move around in the pocket to buy himself time and he isn't afraid to take off downfield to get positive yardage instead of just throwing the ball away as some quarterbacks are prone to do.


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Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to ESPN.com and has contributed to the NFL Draft.