Carolina GameCocks ~ 6003/207
1 ~ Processing Speed
2 ~ Precision
3 ~ Pocket Presence
4 ~ FirePower
Processing Speed is my measure for a Player's capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the dynamically developing Tactical LandScape. This Capacity is crucial to the success of all 22 Players on the Field, but above all to the QuarterBack. Diagnostic Acuity supports this and is also crucial, but Knowledge without Processing Speed is fatal.
Precision speaks above all to Mechanics: A QuarterBack's consistency with his Stance, his Set Up, and his Delivery. I refer to consistent Accuracy in the Short & Intermediate Zones, where the best Offenses all make their Bread & Butter. In breaking it down, I'm looking at Timing, Placement, and Leading Receivers to DayLight.
Pocket Presence is all about how the QuarterBack responds to Pressure. Precision against mediocre Defenses or within simple Schemes matters not, if a QuarterBack mentally locks up under genuine Pressure against the better Defenses in The Only Games That Really Matter. Frankly, I'm not entirely sure that I even need this Category, because I strongly suspect that how a QuarterBack handles Pressure is far less about Testicular Fortitude than it is about Processing Speed.
FirePower is another Category that I am ambivalent about including, for it is simply DownField Precision. Furthermore, I don't consider it anywhere near as Short & Intermediate Precision, because DownField Precision makes for lovely HighLight Footage, but it's Short & Intermediate Precision that Moves The Chains and wins Championships.
Please note, if you will: I list FirePower last of the 4 Attributes I value most...and don't list 40 Speed at all.
Beyond this point, my Fellow FootBall Fanatics, you will find a lengthy Dissertation about QuarterBacks. Should you wish to take a look, I will of course be honored. But should you wish to spare yourself, the actual Scouting Report is far below!!
Yon Rambling Dissertation
Arm Strength is vastly overrated, and scrambling ability, while exciting, is ultimately worse than useless, because History makes it clear that noteworthy Scramblers, over the years ~ and indeed, the same could be said about the thousands of QuarterBacks who've failed despite a great Arm ~ ultimately fail to focus all their energy on QuarterBacking.
Mobility, alike, is vastly overrated. Steve Young is the only Scrambler who ever won a Super Bowl, and he won it because he was on a great team, because Barry Switzer can't coach at the NFL level or the CowBoys would've rolled the Miners again in 1994, and because he eased up on the scrambling. He became a QuarterBack.
Mind you: I'd hardly suggest that Arm Strength isn't nice to have...But the temptation to let'er rip ~ and to relying on that Capacity ~ can have a crippling effect on developing those skills that most matter, deep in the Heart of Winter.
And often they have been.
Countless times, in fact.
And don't get me started on Scrambling.
Processing Speed and an insatiable Work Ethic, producing that relentless Devotion to mastering every possible Aspect of the Job ~ the Aspects I've listed above ~ and Balls are what ultimately win Championships.
It's not as easy as simply counting the Rings, because Fortune & Circumstance play a large part in the Fates of Men.
And it sure as Hell isn't racking up gaudy Statistic during the regular Season. It's the Capacity and the Will to do the thousands of little things that put one's team in the best position to win, day in and day out ~ and doing them well ~ that is the ultimate measure of any QuarterBack, albeit one ~ ironically ~ that's impossible to quantify.
It's the ability to Read & React with Speed & deadly Accuracy against the nastiest, wiliest Defenses on the Planet, deep in the Heart of Winter...and the Will to dedicate Years to intensive Training & Study in order to be able to.
That ~ and his willingness to Use The Whole Pig ~ is what once separated Tom Brady from the Pack.
Precision: Magnificent. Timing & Touch are extraordinary. Remarkable Field Vision. Throws his man to DayLight.
Pocket Presence: Excellent. Tough as Nails, usually, but Twitches Out at times. Exceptional Mobility & Instincts.
FirePower: Horrible. Couldn't hit the side of a Barn if it were 30 Yards in front'f'm.
Then, again: I don't know'f many genuine FootBall Fans who aren't.
The question at hand, of course, is: Does his Game translate to the NFL??
Yes, it does.
That is not an unusual Opinion, to be sure.
But I do believe that I'm in a very pronounced Minority when I say that it translates exceptionally well.
Connor Shaw...he ain't that talented.
His FirePower ~ I speak of DownField Precision in particular ~ sucks.
His Agility ~ which you sort of expect from a smaller QuarterBack, perversey enough ~ is mediocre. And that's being kind.
And did I mention that he's Short??
And yet these things ~ these oft-lauded QuarterBack Attributes ~ are not what Win Games.
These things ~ these SportsCenter HighLight Reel things ~ are not what matter in January.
...when The Only Games That Really Matter are played.
I'm not trying to sell you Joe Montana, here...or Tom Brady.
But the Cerebral and Motorific Aspects of this Great Game continue to get Short Shrift.
And I see it as my Calling to illuminate them.
Connor Shaw has pronounced Weaknesses, its seems clear.
For Those Scoring At Home: It's the ability to Sling The Rock...or the inability, if you will.
And I'd be the last guy to try to argue that not being able to legitimately threaten Defenses Vertically isn't an Achilles Heal.
But my God, can this guy Move The Chains when it matters.
My Bottom Line on Connor Shaw: When the Winds of Winter are blowing hard and fast on the Bleak Frozen Tundra of the BattleField on a Grim Sunday during the Dark Depths of Winter...Connor Shaw will Move The Chains.
Beyond that...Other Measure of QuarterBacking fall pale.
Whether or not he gets the Opportunity to lead his Team to Glory...is another matter altogether.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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