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For managerial positions in sports, see Manager (disambiguation).

In American football, a game manager is a quarterback who makes a minimum number of mistakes for a team that relies on its defense and rushing offense to win games. The player is expected to not lose games with interceptions, fumbles, or poor decisions.[1][2] It is commonly used to describe a quarterback on a winning team who does not accumulate large individual statistics such as passing yards and touchdowns.[3][4]

The New York Times called it a "backhanded compliment".[5] The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "As consolation ... Quarterbacks are called game managers only if they're winning."[6] The Associated Press opined, "But like any cliche, [game manager is] oversimplified". Former Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian laughed, "Every quarterback is a game manager, it's what the job is all about."[3] College coach Nick Saban added that "I don't think you can be a good quarterback unless you're a really good game manager."[7] The Los Angeles Times noted that although Trent Dilfer was not an "elite" quarterback, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl with a dominant defense and Dilfer as a game manager.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Maxymuk, John (2008). Strong Arm Tactics: A Historical and Statistical Analysis of the Professional Quarterback. McFarland. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-7864-3277-6. http://books.google.com/books?id=ALSWIBwNvnwC&lpg=PA18&dq=%22game%20manager%22%20quarterback&pg=PA18#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Farmer, Sam (January 28, 2012). "In the NFL, it's (almost) all about the quarterback". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-super-bowl-quarterbacks-20120129,0,4590029,full.story. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Goldberg, Dave (November 13, 2008). "More to a QB than managing". USA Today. Associated Press. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/64lo9XqFj.
  4. Sullivan, Tim (November 13, 2011). "Though not flashy, Smith now a ‘game manager’". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/64loMI4hl.
  5. Bishop, Greg (January 15, 2012). "Smith, for Once, Is a Reason for San Francisco’s Victory". The New York Times: p. SP3. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/64lkVPsNT.
  6. Knapp, Gwen (2012-01-12). "Drew Brees really pays Alex Smith a compliment". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/12/SP451MNLH4.DTL. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  7. Zenor, John (November 1, 2012). "Saban: Game manager label is high praise for QB". yahoo.com. Associated Press. Archived from the original on November 20, 2012. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/saban-game-manager-label-high-185708895--ncaaf.html.
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