NFL a light at the end of the tunnel for Brohm

By Darrell Laurant  |   Tuesday, December 11, 2007  |  Comments( 0 )

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Don't feel too sorry for Brian Brohm.

It's true that the University of Louisville quarterback's decision to return for his senior season might have been a serious tactical error. Give him points for loyalty, anyway.

Of course, not only didn't the Cardinals win a national championship (Brohm's professed goal), they didn't even make the bowl field. Instead of achieving greatness, they achieved mediocrity, finishing 6-6.

None of this, however, was Brohm's fault. He threw for 4,024 yards and a school-record 30 touchdowns. He directed an offense that averaged 35 points a game. His quarterback rating, at times, was through the roof.

Brohm's biggest problem was that he didn't play defense. UL's issue on that side of the ball surfaced in the second game, when it rang up 58 points on Middle Tennessee but allowed 48. A few weeks later, Steve Kragthorpe's squad bottomed out, losing 38-35 to a woeful Syracuse team, and Brohm threw a couple of interceptions.

Some years, Brohm might have been a viable Heisman candidate, but not this time around. Moreover, he would have been better served, perhaps, to have come out last year, when the only true quarterbacks of note were JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn.

On the bright side, the 6-foot-4, 224-pound Brohm finally managed to make it through a season without getting hurt (he blew out a knee in '05, his thumb in '06). Even better, the pros love him. He may not be able to throw a football as far as Russell, but he has better-than-adequate arm strength and eye-popping accuracy. He's smart, reasonably mobile (4.8 in the 40) and is a pro-style pocket passer.

The smart money had Brohm going to the Atlanta Falcons to play for former coach Bobby Petrino. Now, though, Petrino is back in the college game at Arkansas.

Brohm has already signed on with the Athletes First Agency, which also represents Carson Palmer, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Schaub and Derek Anderson, among others.

Another point in his favor is that there seemed to be a quarterback drought in the NFL this season. At least a half-dozen teams spent the season juggling players in that position.
Brohm would be an upgrade over a lot of them.

Oh, did I mention that he's loyal?
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