On one hand you have Michael Vick, who prior to his time away from football seemed destined to be your classic running quarterback. Thanks to a coaching staff and dedication from Vick he has morphed into a dual threat that gives opposing defensive coordinators even more sleepless nights than those prior.
On the other you have players like Vince Young, Tavaris Jackson and Jason Campbell – players with a world of potential whose growth has been stunted due to coaching changes, coaches who lack confidence in their ability to lead a team or both.
On the horizon are the future signalcallers in the NFL; Josh Freeman, Troy Smith, Tawhidul “Joe” Webb, Cam Newton and Terrelle Pryor. What lies ahead for them in a league where coaches would rather neuter than nuture and a sports media that looks for every reason NOT to place on the same level playing field as their White counterparts.