“I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me is if his mom and daddy would both have to be black, and that’s the only way I would do it. My quarterback is a quarterback-fullback offense – how the wishbone was. I’d have to have a Jamelle Holieway, J.C. Watts and Thomas Lott (former Oklahoma quarterbacks who are all black). Those guys are gonna be my quarterbacks – great runners, great ball carriers and be able to pass. Those guys could throw and run.”
It was clearly an off-hand remark by Switzer that didn’t seem to have any ill-intent behind it, but it can be construed in different ways. The stereotype of the black quarterback when Switzer coached was ordinarily a run-first player, while white quarterbacks stayed in the pocket. To effectively operate Switzer’s style of offense, mobility was crucial, as his team’s ran the ball far more frequently than they threw the ball.