By David Tepera, August 9, 2017
In the game of football, the quarterback’s decision-making and execution are the most crucial factors. Remember, quarterbacks are the first to have the ball in their hands once it’s snapped.
The sole purpose of the quarterback is to execute a designed play with precision. But sometimes, the defense disrupts the play and the quarterback has to take off running with hopes of turning a disaster into a gain. This usually means they’ll throw to an open receiver or tuck the ball and run for their lives.
Quarterbacks who are good at this are known as “scrambling QBs.” They are good at decision-making on the fly.
During my youth, Fran Tarkenton of the Minnesota Vikings was known as the “Mad Scrambler.” Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles dominated the 1990s and forever changed defensive strategies.
Today’s most known scrambling QB is Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. He holds the most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
If you think about it, there are multiple events in our lives where we had to become a scrambling QB.
We typically try to live our lives on a set schedule and routine. This lifestyle reduces unnecessary stress. But, sometimes, life brings disruption and forces us to make quick decisions or we are going to get sacked.
What’s your immediate reaction when a family emergency occurs, unemployment or a life threatening situation?
Of course, we would all like to not think about these situations because it’s depressing, but we must, at least, be mentally prepared.
Do you just fall down and let the opponent sack you? Do you look to pass the ball to someone else? Or, do you tuck the ball away and bust through the defense because you’re going to control your own destiny?
No one likes to face adversity, but you can’t escape it. We’ve all been through life’s challenges which should develop a stronger determined character.
Now look, if this is you, let the steam blow through your nostrils like a rodeo bull. Accept what lays ahead and bust through the defense because the goal line is waiting on you to score.
You got this because you are the world’s best scrambling QB on this field of life.