Tonight sees the first ever college football play-offs come to an end as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Oregon Ducks at the AT&T Stadium.
Both teams contain unique offenses that center around two very interesting quarterbacks in the Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota and Cardale Jones.
The two players had impressive games in their last match as Mariota led the Ducks to a big win over the Florida State Seminoles and Jones took Ohio to a huge win over Nick Saban and Alabama.
However the two men sent a big message through their respective performances and I feel they gave a big message about the game of football.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are two of the biggest names at quarterback in the history of football, but the new breed of quarterback may be showing them something.
- New England Patriots Tom Brady is already taking shots at the Indianapolis Colts
- Bill Belichick furious at cheating accusations
- Denver Broncos make huge franchise-altering decision
One thing that is notable about both Jones and Mariota is that both are more than willing to hold onto the ball and run for their lives to gain yards.
Perhaps following in the footsteps of Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick, Mariota is regarded as the next great quarterback.
Evolution of the QB
The need to carry the ball and run to gain yards against strong defenses is a quickly growing need in the NFL.
Kaepernick, Newton and Wilson have added dynamic new options for their respective teams and are helping to show the big point about what it takes to play quarterback these days.
A quarterback who doesn't run with the ball is almost beginning to look inferior to players who are wiling to take off when they get the chance.
Brady and Manning are obviously closer to the end of their careers now but I believe that the younger quarterbacks are showing that the role has changed.
It appears that it is no longer enough to be able to throw a bullet pass with pinpoint accuracy to be a star quarterback.
Manning and Brady etc will always be looked back on fondly but in a year where we could see Russell Wilson take on Andrew Luck in the Super Bowl, could we already say that they are outdated?
Beginning of the end?
Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos were humiliated yesterday at the hands of Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Luck now takes on Brady and should the Colts end up in the Super Bowl, could two of the greatest ever be considered as on their way out?
Manning took the Broncos to the Super Bowl last year but put in a performance not worthy of his legacy.
All this season there have been questions around him whilst Brady has had a great year - if you ignore the first four weeks.
However a clean sweep on the road by Luck could be a sign that perhaps their days are numbered in the NFL.
So the question now becomes, is there still a place for quarterbacks who can't run the ball in the NFL?
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