Ever wonder how many left handed quaterbacks there is in the league at the minute? Well, I did and I can report back that is zero. Not since Kellen Moore sadly announced his playing retirement has there been a lefty in the league. Is there a reason for this or is it just by chance?
10% of the population is left handed. As every team generally carries three quarterbacks into the season, logic says that there should be 9/10 left handed quarterbacks in the league. So where are they all? Is it down to coaches preferring only using right handed quarterbacks?
Honestly, no. They don’t prefer right handed quaterbacks. They prefer talented quarterbacks. There has always been left handed quarterbacks in the league. It has been noted that schemes can be trickier for left handers. In fact, it was likened to using a “right handed scissors” by super bowl winner David Carr. But at the minute there appears just happens to be a low supply at the minute. Well no supply actually.
The other reason is that a lot of NFL quarterbacks also play baseball. And in baseball, left handed pitchers are highly sought after. This is due to the advantage a pitcher who is left handed has over a right handed batter and visa versa. So with the majority of batters being right handed, people want lefties. And baseball pays more than the NFL and the injury risks are much smaller.
The next big left handed quarterback to come out of college is Tua Tagovailoa. Will one emerge before he makes his way to a NFL team? It would be nice to see a leftie ripping it up once more.