Can running quarterbacks survive in the NFL?

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III flies through

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III flies through the air as he is knocked out of bounds during the first half. (Jan. 6, 2013) (Credit: AP)

The emergence in 2012 of mobile quarterbacks Robert Griffin III in Washington, Russell Wilson in Seattle and Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, as well as Cam Newton in Carolina in 2011, signals the beginning of the latest trend toward having quarterbacks more involved in the running game.

Or does it?

Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner suggests the fad may not last.

“You have to look at the longevity aspect of how these guys play,” said Warner, an NFL Network analyst. “The skills always diminish, whether it be from taking hits or whether you get older and can’t do certain things. So, eventually, you’re going to have to play the position the way that it’s designed to be played, like a Tom Brady or a Peyton Manning. Can those [running quarterbacks] have success in their 30s playing the same way? The thing with franchise quarterbacks is that teams want guys to play until they’re 35 or 40, they don’t want a six- or seven-year guy.”

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