Wuerffel: NFL Offenses More Flexible, Creative

Danny Wuerffel explained why it's more common for young quarterbacks to have success in the NFL these days

Tiki and Tierney
October 11, 2018 - 6:03 pm

USA Today Images


Back in the day, it was uncommon for rookie quarterbacks to have success in the NFL. These days, however, it happens more frequently, with quarterbacks like Carson Wentz, Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes, among others, having success right out of the gate.

Is it easier for young quarterbacks to succeed in today’s NFL?

“I’d love to say that. I’d love to say it’s a lot easier since they’re doing well,” 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel said on Tiki and Tierney. “But I don’t know. I think in some ways there’s some more creativity to offense. There seems like there’s more flexibility and there’s much more opportunities for quarterbacks to be moving around and doing things more so than back then. So I think it’s just lent itself to having (successful quarterbacks).”

Wuerffel, 44, was a standout college quarterback. He was a two-time SEC Player of the Year and won a national championship at Florida. He was drafted in the fourth round in 1997 and played for the Saints, Packers, Bears and Redskins.

One thing he's noticed over the years: young quarterbacks receive outstanding training.

“I think that the training that’s happening for quarterbacks as young as high schools these days is really good,” Wuerffel said. “I think there’s a lot of good development of young guys with all these different camps. I think you’re getting guys that are going to college far ahead of maybe where they were in the past and just kind of more evolved in their development as a quarterback perhaps.”