Can a Backup QB be a better student of the game?
Now, I’m sure many of you will say no immediately as expected. About 20%, the ratio that’s usually right will stop a second and give this some thought. Consider that a backup; all he does is study the game. He’s sitting behind a starting QB most often with superior athleticism, superior arm strength, superior reflexes or whatever makes him special. Always ready to go in and always studying, backing up the calls and often advising the starter.
Source; the Chargers are appointing Frank Reich currently QC, to replace Ken Wisenhunt as OC next year. Many Charger fans are unhappy with this decision but not the players or Philip Rivers, the coaches and some few fans speculate a career Backup might just be a “better student of the game.”
For those who don’t know; “Before his coaching career started, Reich had a noteworthy career as a quarterback himself. Entering the league as a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1985, Reich played a total of 14 seasons. His first 10 were spent backing up Jim Kelly for one of the most successful stints in Bills history. He then moved to Carolina for a season, then spent a year with the New York Jets before finishing his career and retiring after two seasons with the Detroit Lions.
Reich is perhaps best known for two incredible comebacks. His first came in college as a senior with Maryland when he rallied the Terrapins to a 42-40 win over the University of Miami after his team trailed 31-0 for what was then the biggest comeback in collegiate football. Then, in 1992, he started a Wild Card game against the Houston Oilers and orchestrated the largest comeback in NFL history. Down 35-3 in the third quarter, Reich marched the Bills all the way back for a 41-38 victory.”