Several youth football coaches I spoke with recently do not allow their starting quarterback to play defense more than just a few plays a game, if that. I do not allow my QB to play defense but maybe a few plays in a game now and then. I also do not allow live hitting on my QB during practice scrimmages or certain live hitting drills. I do this because my High School starting QB broke his collar bone in a practice scrimmage my junior year. He never played QB again, he was gun shy. Rice University even offered him a scholarship to play football, but he declined and took the academic scholarship.
My reasoning for not playing my QB on Defense, is to lose a the starting QB is so devastating to the team it is not worth the risk. Plus, during the defensive series, we can talk to the QB about what’s happening with the offense. My defensive coordinator disagreed with me last year because he thinks the kids are so young they should play offense and defense. There’s definitely merit to his argument. Plus our QB is my son, and I would like him to learn to play linebacker like his dad. 🙂
I would like to know what you think! Please vote here and let me know if your starting QB also plays defense.
Good luck this season. Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!