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Steve Young Names The ‘Prototype QB’ In Today’s NFL

Steve Young speaks on SiriusXM at Super Bowl LVIII on February 07, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The quarterback position has evolved quite a bit in the NFL over the last 20 years, and it isn’t enough to be a traditional pocket passer anymore.

Today’s star QB needs to be mobile, if not able to move the chains himself with his legs, yet being able to efficiently and effectively throw the football is still the most important attribute in such a player.

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young was asked by Colin Cowherd about the evolution of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and he said Mahomes is today’s prototypical QB while complimenting his maturity.

“The prototype QB is Patrick Mahomes… He’s absolutely graduated this year. You can see the maturity,” Young said.

Over the years, Mahomes, who is already the proud owner of two Super Bowl championship rings, has been known for making spectacular passes, especially when it seems like he doesn’t have an open receiver.

He’s known as a magician who will make something out of nothing, but this season has been different.

Young noted how Mahomes has gone from perhaps trying to win games by himself to making simple plays.

The Chiefs’ main man saw his numbers drop a bit this season, but he has adjusted to not having Tyreek Hill or even JuJu Smith-Schuster to make plays downfield.

Back in the 1990s when he was the leading man for the San Francisco 49ers, Young was one of the first quarterbacks who could not only make plays with his arm but also with his legs, but he showed good discipline in only running when he absolutely had to.

Young’s former team will try to topple Kansas City in Sunday’s Super Bowl as Mahomes and crew go for their third world championship in five seasons.

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