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2. The Evolution of the Quarterback Position

A handful of young, smart, athletic, strong-armed quarterbacks made “the leap” in 2012, proving you don’t need to be a traditional pocket passer from a big-name school to find success in the National Football League. Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton all took the game by storm in different ways, masterfully running unorthodox NFL offenses and maximizing their abilities to catch unsuspecting defenses off guard.

Now, though, defensive coordinators will have seven months to slave over the film and prepare for coordinator Greg Roman’s read-option offense in San Francisco. Now, Griffin has to do it again — this time without a knee operating at full strength. Wilson isn’t catching anyone off guard next year, and Newton’s going to be working under a new offensive coordinator. Every quarterback-hungry team is on the quest to find the next great athletic quarterback. I’m curious to see if it’s already out of style by the third or fourth week of the season. - Peter Schrager (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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