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By Jason Cole
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:08 AM EST
As news spread over the weekend that USC quarterback Matt Barkley would not throw at the NFL scouting combine this week, two NFL personnel men had a similar, withering reaction.
"Here we go again, another L.A. movie star quarterback who needs his own day to throw," a veteran scout said, the sarcasm splashing from his mouth like a wave hitting a seawall.
"And you wonder why guys from Southern California [are bad]?" a veteran team executive said, referring as much to the region as to Barkley's alma mater. "Everything is like they have to draw attention to themselves."
When it was pointed out to the executive that Barkley supposedly hasn't been cleared to throw by doctors, the anger only seemed to grow, not subside.
"I'm telling you, it's always [something] with guys from down there… not just USC, the whole area. I don't know what it is."
Whatever it is, the concern about quarterbacks who have come out of everywhere from Santa Barbara to San Diego is nearly 30 years of failure at the NFL level. This year will mark 30 years since John Elway, a graduate of Granada Hills High in the San Fernando Valley, was drafted No. 1 overall.
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I'm just glad that Kyle Kearns (2015 QB) is from Pleasanton which is near San Francisco.
*wipes away sweat*
For those of you that have never been to California, that's in NorCal.
I mean, as a Northern Californian, I'm fairly on board with anything taking shots at SoCal...but this seems pretty silly. Barkley's not being a diva, he's injured ffs
If you read through the entire article, you'll see the Barkley was just used an entry point to make the writer's overall case: Southern California QBs suck in the NFL.
Don't lose the forest for the trees.
Ah, I was only reading the OP, ok.
Still think the article is kind of silly.
Randall Cunningham was straight....they need to be more objective with the 1 out of 15 success rate
Why did they leave Troy Aikman out of the discussion? Born in West Covina, CA which I'd consider SoCal. Finished his college career at UCLA, and drafted #1 overall in '89. Just because his family moved to Oklahoma in the middle he gets completed excluded from a discussion about quarterbacks who were born or played college ball in that area?
Probably because it did not help the point that they author was trying to convey in this article.
This post was edited by hvsiii 14 months ago
And yet .... the recruits keep feeding on the recruiting machine BS from that area.
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