Originally Posted by crasherino
I don't disagree with that. Arm strength alone does not a QB make. Not by a longshot.
But, you need to have at least adequate arm strength in order to make it in the NFL. Sanchez has adequate arm strength - that's about it. There are two levels of arm strength that are relevant here. One - adequate arm strength that at least qualifies you to play in the NFL. Sanchez has that. Then we have a category of PLUS arm strength, and that means the guys who can compensate, somewhat, if they throw the ball a little late because they can burn it in there. Sanchez does not have that. Aaron Rogers does. As does Joe Flacco.
If we are talking about PLUS arm strength, I agree - that's icing on the cake. Sanchez doesn't have that though. What we need to find out now is if Mcelroy has even adequate arm strength such that he can make all the necessary throws to be a starter in this league (i.e. can he drive the ball outside the numbers in December in the Northeast when his pocket is collapsing).
not disagreeing here. but for this offense, which is intended to be a run-oriented, ball control offense, mcelroy already has the qualities you'd want in a qb to run it. he's probably the guy you want to take care of the football and make the short to intermediate throws. time will hopefully tell.
if mcelroy can be a game manager, he's the best option now. maybe he becomes a full time starter or maybe he goes back to being a backup b/c of lack of arm strength. but either way, if he can complete enough 3rd downs and not fumble a lot he should be the qb.