NORMAN — Former Oklahoma quarterback J.C. Watts recorded nearly four times as many rushing touchdowns as passing scores in Barry Switzer's wishbone offense decades ago.
But in today's game, Watts doesn't believe using quarterbacks that way is a good idea.
“In the wishbone offense, I don't know if you'd call it a ‘mobile' quarterback,” Watts said. “I think you'd actually call us ‘running' quarterbacks.”
Watts said he's actually a fan of athletic, mobile quarterbacks because of their ability to extend plays and move outside the pocket, but thinks designed quarterback runs are too risky considering how important the position has become.
He points to NFL players like Sam Bradford, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco and Tony Romo as examples of athletic quarterbacks who still operate with a pass-first mentality.
“I want a guy who can extend the play and then throw the ball 18 yards downfield, but if you are designing an offense to where your quarterback is rushing for 800 to 1,000 yards a year, that's a pretty dangerous proposition,” Watts said.