Deshaun Watson is perhaps the most electric quarterback in America. Last year, he completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns and led Clemson to a 14-1 record and the national title game. He’s great.
Just don’t call him a dual-threat quarterback.
Indeed, Watson apparently doesn’t like that label. He thinks “dual-threat” is code for African-American, and he doesn’t think it’s a compliment.
Tommy Bowden doesn’t get it.
“I think that’s the only thing I’ve ever read him say on any reaction to social issues or football issues where I disagree, and I think he’s getting some bad advice,” the ACC Network analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Someone’s been talking to him negatively. Twenty or 30 years ago, that might have been a connotation if they said dual-threat; that means you run a lot better than you can throw. But times have changed. You’re talking about the ultimate compliment for a dual-threat quarterback. Here’s a guy that threw for 4,000 and rushed for (1,000).”
That pretty much makes Watson a nightmare for defensive coordinators.
“If you get a blitz come free, he can make a guy miss and make a positive play,” Bowden said. “If you cover every receiver, he can make a play with his legs. Really, that’s the only thing I’ve ever disagreed with him on. He’s gotten some bad advice about being a dual-threat quarterback. That is the ultimate compliment for that young man because of what he’s done throwing for 4,000 and rushing for 1,000.”
Bowden, who coached at Clemson from 1999 to 2008, thinks Watson may want to reassess his inner circle.
“Somebody might be in his ear, and it’s just really, really bad advice,” Bowden said. “It is the ultimate compliment. I think 20 or 30 years ago, that would have been maybe misconstrued improperly as a run-first, throw-second guy, but he’s disproved that. His throwing ability and accuracy and statistics prove that he’s a great thrower. Somebody’s gotten in his ear within the last three or four months about being a dual-threat guy, and it’s somebody in a mentoring position.”