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 Top 10 Scrambling QBs of the Modern Era 
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Top 10 Scrambling QBs of the Modern Era

No. 10
Doug Flutie
Bears, Patriots, Bills, Chargers

Flutie hasn't had the kind of career the other QBs on this list have, but when he has seen action, he's been the ultimate scrambler. At 5-10, Flutie is hard for pass-rushers to pin down and most of his best throws have come on the run. His elusiveness has kept him working in the NFL into his 40s. Flutie is expected to back up Tom Brady in New England this season.

No. 9
Archie Manning
Saints, Oilers, Vikings

Manning may not have wanted to run, but with the Saints' porous line in front of him, he didn't have much choice. A first-round pick of the Saints in 1971, Manning was at the helm of some of the worst teams in NFL history. But he may be the best quarterback ever on a bad team, and much of his success had to do with his scrambling ability. A play wasn't over until the whistle blew when Manning was on the run.

No. 8
John Elway

Elway's most famous run came late in his career, when he was spun into the air by two Packers defenders in the Broncos' Super Bowl XXXII victory. But in those days Elway was pretty stationary compared to his first few years, when he was a legitimate scrambler. An outstanding athlete who wasn't afraid to take a hit, Elway kept many plays -- and drives -- alive by moving his feet.

No. 7
Steve Grogan

Grogan had a penchant for taking off downfield, especially early in his career. And he was tough to bring down. In 1978, he ran for 539 yards and five TDs to lead the Patriots to the playoffs. He was also on the Pats team that was blown out by the Bears in Super Bowl XX, although he had slowed down tremendously by that point in his career.

No. 6
Donovan McNabb

McNabb has always maintained he's a pocket passer and not a runner -- a fact defenders who've tried to tackle him are happy to hear. Because once McNabb gets in the open field, he's very hard to bring down. He is also adept at buying time to pass. McNabb had a Houdini-like scramble-and-bomb against the Cowboys last season that was amazing to behold. Like many QBs on this list, McNabb seems less interested in running downfield as his career matures.

No. 5
Michael Vick

Vick is the most thrilling player in the NFL today and probably the best downfield-running quarterback ever. He ran for 902 yards in 2004, just 66 yards short of the all-time record set by the Bears' Bobby Douglass in 1972 (Douglass' lack of success as a passer kept him off the list). If Vick learns to combine his improvisational running skills with his rocket-like arm and increase his passing efficiency, he'll move up to the top of this list.

No. 4
Roger Staubach

Even though it drove coach Tom Landry crazy, Staubach loved to scramble. And despite Landry's reservations, Staubach's style worked. He rushed for a career 2,264 yards and 20 TDs. His career 83.4 passer rating was the best ever at the time of his retirement and he led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl victories.

No. 3
Steve Young
Buccaneers, 49ers

An incredible athlete, Young was never seriously recruited out of high school as a quarterback, but he learned to throw at BYU and never looked back. From the start of his pro career, Young was adept at finding extra time to throw and he could take off downfield when necessary. He ran for 4,239 yards and 43 TDs in his career and also ranks as one of the most accurate passers in NFL history.

No. 2
Randall Cunningham
Eagles, Vikings, Cowboys, Ravens

Cunningham is the all-time leader in rushing by a quarterback with 4,928 yards. But Cunningham didn't just take off downfield -- he ran around to avoid the rush, often with spectacular results. Remember when he dodged Bruce Smith and numerous other Bills rushers before heaving a 95-yard TD to Eagles WR Fred Barnett back in 1990? Cunningham's running ability was a particular problem for the Giants, who were often at the other end of his most brilliant plays.

No. 1
Fran Tarkenton
Vikings, Giants

There have been quarterbacks who ran downfield with more skill, but Tarkenton, who racked up 3,674 rushing yards in his career, was the best pure scrambler of them all. While leading the Vikings to three Super Bowls, Tarkenton would drive defenders crazy by scampering around the backfield waiting for a receiver to get open. Tarkenton's 47,003 passing yards ranks fifth all-time and many of those yards are a direct result of his ability to create plays with his feet.


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I was always a big fan of Steve Young because of his winning record and acuracy... although I've seen some Fran Tarkenton highlights that are simply amazing!!

Who is your all time favorite scrambling QB and why?

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All time- Steve Young, he was so tough.

Present- Donovan McNabb. Obviously, Vick is a better runner, and has some mad skillz, but he hasn't gone through the muturing process that Donovan, that is, he will stay in the pocket longer, use scrambling to make more time to throw, rather than run to the end zone. But if Vick learns to pass first, he will be #1 on both of these.

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LionFan57 wrote:
Who is your all time favorite scrambling QB and why?

Elway cause nothing is more exciting than driving your team for a victory with precious little time left and Elway made it look easy. He was a great scrambler with a cannon arm and hung in there till he finally had talent around him to go out a winner.

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