The current issue of ESPN The Magazine has a piece on Steve Clarkson, a NFL washout who became one of the most powerful QB coaches around. QB mentoring is an important gig that can often advance your career. Consider: Brad Childress basically made himself a head coach for his work with Donovan McNabb. Who are the best ever at shaping the men under center? Let's take a look.
Three guys who cite him as an influence: Joe Montana, Steve Young and Brett Favre. 'Nuff said.
Dudes on his list: Matt Leinart (hasn't been a great pro, but was amazing at USC), Carson Palmer, Ty Detmer (see Leinart), and Philip Rivers. Bonus: he was planning to grab Matt Cassel when he went undrafted, but then Scott Pioli's intelligence got in the way.
Proof, meet pudding: last two Super Bowl winners (who happen to be brothers) both cite him as major influence on their development—and their father was a QB.
He's always put on these lists. The one knock on him: most of his guys aren't great pros (granted, Dilfer won a Super Bowl). That could change with Aaron Rodgers looking like a NFL MVP through two weeks.
We snuck him in here. Read this. Oregon of late: a team you don't really expect who subsequently blows up. Kelly knows what he's doing.
No idea who he is? Read this. That's a pretty important guy to develop.
Developed Ward and Weinke at FSU (one of our friends says FSU fell apart as a program the day Richt took the UGA job). Then helped develop David Greene and Stafford at UGA. Impressive resume.