Stark Contrast in Running Ability of 2014 NFL Playoff Starting Quarterbacks

By Chris Malumphy

There is a stark contrast in the running ability of the quarterbacks starting in the 2014 NFL playoffs. Age is a key factor. The Seahawks' Russell Wilson (849 yds) and Panthers' Cam Newton (539) often do more damage to their opponents on the ground than through the air. The Colts' Andrew Luck (273 yds) and Packers' Aaron Rodgers (269 yds) can run well when necessary. The Bengals' Andy Dalton (169 yds) can move some. The Lions' Matthew Stafford (93 yds), Ravens' Joe Flacco (70 yds), Cardinals' Drew Stanton (63 yds) and Cowboys' Tony Romo (61 yds) are far less mobile. The Patriots' Tom Brady (57 yds) and Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger (27 yds) are now stuck in the mud. Unless I missed something, the Cardinals Ryan Lindley didn't try to run at all in 2014. And the Broncos' Peyton Manning (-24) averaged minus one yard per carry.

2014 NFL Playoff Starting Quarterbacks Yards Rushing
Team Name Rushes Yds Avg TD Draft Round Pick Player
SeahawksRussell Wilson1188497.26201231275
PanthersCam Newton1035395.252011111
ColtsAndrew Luck642734.332012111
PackersAaron Rodgers432696.32200512424
BengalsAndy Dalton601692.8420112335
LionsMatthew Stafford43932.222009111
RavensJoe Flacco39701.82200811818
CardinalsDrew Stanton25632.50200721143
CowboysTony Romo26612.30      
PatriotsTom Brady36571.602000633199
SteelersBen Roethlisberger33270.80200411111
CardinalsRyan Lindley000.002012615185
BroncosPeyton Manning24-24-1.001998111