Are black quarterbacks treated fairly in the NFL? | The Tylt
Are black quarterbacks treated fairly in the NFL?
Some believe the days of black quarterbacks being discriminated against are over. All that matters in this day and age is whether you can play or not. Cam Newton proved that by winning the MVP award in 2016 and taking his team to the Super Bowl.
It doesn't matter if you are black, white, yellow or brown. If you can play quarterback well, you will get an opportunity to play in the NFL.
They may not be discriminated against as they were in the past, but to say black quarterbacks are treated equally is a misnomer. Black quarterbacks are criticized more harshly than their white counterparts. Colin Kaepernick is still without a job despite being objectively better than a number of backup quarterbacks.
When a coach wants to "mix it up," they are more willing to do so quickly with a black quarterback than a white one, like benching Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo. And yet when Jay Cutler, a white quarterback, is throwing picks and underperforming, people make excuse after excuse to keep him. \
Even before they are in the league, black college quarterbacks are often asked to change positions when they get to the NFL—even Heisman Trophy winners like Lamar Jackson. Black quarterbacks are more common now, but that doesn't mean they are treated fairly by teams or fans.