Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Sep 2013

Flashes: QB Chase Rettig, Boston College

Playing quarterback at a high level requires a pairing of skill sets that at times seem paradoxical. Intense preparation and freewheeling improvisational skill. Finesse and grit. Control and abandon. An elephantine memory and selective amnesia.

It’s why it’s the toughest position to evaluate. Kurt Warner sat on the bench at Northern Iowa for three years. The fourth year, he was the Gateway Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. We know the rest of the story. Johnny Unitas was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brett Favre might have drunk himself into a stupor if he stayed in Atlanta where then-Falcons’ head coach Jerry Jones promised the only way Favre would get onto the field was a “plane crash“.

I wouldn’t bet my pocket change that Boston College senior Chase Rettig becomes a quality starter in the NFL. Yet there are qualities to his game that I like a lot that give him potential as a pocket passer. And yes, there are still pocket passers thriving in the NFL.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 02 Sep 2013

2 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2013, 2:06pm by sundown


by justanothersteve :: Mon, 09/02/2013 - 1:43pm

As much as I like to blame Jerry Jones for anything, Atlanta's then-coach was Jerry Glanville.

by sundown (not verified) :: Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:06pm

It was Jerry Glanville. And when he made that comment, it was not controversial in any way.

The incumbent starter was Chris Miller who was having the best season of his career throwing for 3,100 yards and 26 touchdowns. He led a comeback win in the playoffs and made the Pro Bowl.

Billy Joe Tolliver was the backup and started 2 games that year throwing 4 TDs vs. 2 interceptions.

And Favre was a rookie who threw 4 passes for the season, completed none of them, had two of them intercepted, and one was returned for a touchdown.