Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NFL: Quarterbacks who run

So I'm still obsessing a bit over the way the Packers' D got smoked by Colin Kaepernick in the playoffs. And also motivated by the talk that the run-option offense is going to be the "next big thing" in the NFL. The run-option may be a new wrinkle, but quarterbacks who can run the ball have been around for a long time. Here is a list of quarterbacks who have at least 10 games with 40 or more rushing yards:

PlayerFromTo40-yard gamesTeams
Jeff Hostetler 1985199710Giants, Raiders, Redskins
Jeff Blake 1992200510Jets, Bengals, Saints, Ravens, Cardinals, Eagles, Bears
Tim Tebow 2010201210Broncos, Jets
Robert Griffin III 2012201210 Redskins
Doug Flutie 1986200511Bears, Patriots, Bills, Chargers
Rich Gannon 1987200411Vikings, Redskins, Chiefs, Raiders
Steve Grogan 1975199012Patriots
Jim Zorn 1976198712Seahawks, Packers, Buccaneers
Roger Staubach 1969197913Cowboys
Terry Bradshaw 1970198313Steelers
Jim Harbaugh 1987200014Bears, Colts, Ravens, Chargers
David Garrard 2002201014Jaguars
Vince Young 2006201114Titans, Eagles
John Elway 1983199817Broncos
Mark Brunell 1994201118Packers, Jaguars, Redskins, Saints, Jets
Cam Newton 2011201218Panthers
Jeff Garcia 199920111949ers, Browns, Lions, Eagles, Buccaneers, Texans
Greg Landry 1968198424Lions, Colts, Bears
Fran Tarkenton 1961197825Vikings, Giants
Donovan McNabb 1999201126Eagles, Redskins, Vikings
Kordell Stewart 1995200527Steelers, Bears, Ravens
Bobby Douglass 1969197828Bears, Chargers, Saints, Packers
Daunte Culpepper 1999200928Vikings, Dolphins, Raiders, Lions
Steve McNair 1995200733Oilers, Titans, Ravens
Steve Young 1985199948Buccaneers, 49ers
Randall Cunningham 1985200158Eagles, Vikings, Cowboys, Ravens
Michael Vick 2001201260Falcons, Eagles


  • These counts include regular season and playoff games.

  • Yeah, that's the same Jim Zorn that was head coach of the Redskins 2008-2009. And the same Jim Harbaugh who is head coach of the 49ers.

  • TIL the Falcons had a DB named Cam Newton 2005-2006.

  • In spite of his reputation for running, Aaron Rodgers only has 6 40+ yard rushing games.

  • One of the biggest problems with having a quarterback who is also a threat to run is injuries. Just to my own personal knowledge, Steve Young, McNabb, Culpepper, McNair, Vick, and of course RG3 have all suffered significant injuries while running the ball.

  • Although Cam Newton, with a full slate of starts in his first two seasons, seems to have bucked that trend, at least for now.