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My Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks

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I require my OC to be flexible of mind. If he or she needs receivers to have specific skills in order to use them, he or she is going to be working elsewhere. If he or she needs all receivers to play all receiver positions in order to disguise his or her offense, he or she will once again have another job, probably elsewhere. I have nothing against specific skills, or designing plays to use them, in fact I require the OC to work with what is present. I have nothing against cross-training and mis-direction. I prefer to win with the mind before the bodies start moving. When the OC declares or quietly feel,( but especially if they say anywhere near even one player will hear it) that the offense is limited because of a perceived lack of the aforementioned, then the OC is not ready to be my OC. The QBs are a part of this. They need to recognize matchups and change progressions and plays on the fly to take advantage of them. They need to know that if our track star receiver has a safety or otherwise physically unlikely player lined up to cover him our track star has become option 1, whether it means changing the play or changing the progression. I think Jay McDaniel is a tool, but he has been outstanding at this when working for Belichick. He sucked at it when he was the HC, but hey, it wasn't my team.

If we have three tight ends who can play but only two WRs who can play, then we are going to use those TEs more often.

KISS, at its heart.

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  1. ScottDCP's Avatar
    OK, I was probably repeating myself with that one. It was brought on by seeing something Chip Kelly said a couple weeks ago about having the talent to succeed with his offense (paraphrasing my understanding of his statement,) which is cool if you are trying to buck up your guys but I don't think he was, and Jim Kelly reminding me of Nate Hackett, et al, and the decision to select EJ Manuel in the first round with the intent of changing his throwing motion.

    If you are looking at a QB and assuming that they will be successful once you fix them, you are nuts. It isn't gonna happen. Maybe once in fifty, and never in one summer. Even if you are the best in the world at changing the ingrained habits of an athlete's lifetime, it is a two-person dance and they may not respond well to it, especially when they are also absorbing the transition to a professional career while being asked to start immediately.

    So, using my own standards I am going to rate what I know about this year's draft-eligible QBs (I can only talk about six of them off the top of my head) against my expectations of my OC and rank them.

    1. Kevin Hogan. Tough, accurate, decisive, and quick under pressure. Smart. Solid enough body, though if he ever lowers his right shoulder against an NFL DB (it is in one of his highlight reels) he will be benched until it heals. I don't give a hoot about the long wind-up. It will put him at risk of a couple of strips in his first couple years, but his pocket awareness and mobility I think are sufficient to compensate.
    2. Vernon Adams. He is small, and so will need to go to a team whose coach has balls. I do, so he will be fine on my team. There are maybe 10 Head Coaches in the league right now who might have the stones to commit to him. It has been mentioned that his deep accuracy is questionable. OK. I want him throwing deep to a really fast or wide open guy, and away form a Safety. I don't care if he misses 2 out of 4 so long as they are not intercepted. I think he is accurate enough for that. I like him and what he brings to the table. Probably the highest on the confidence-natural-leadership scale with Hogan a little behind him.
    3. Jared Goff. Quick release, accurate, good decision-making. Haven't seen a lot of him under pressure, but what I have seen is good. Smart. Toughness? I haven't seen it tested, but that is a statement about what I have seen, not about what he has done.
    3A. Carson Wentz. Looks a little skinny in the legs. The Rob Johnson body worries me. Everything else looks good, though his delivery is a little slow, and on deep outs a good DB will be able to read him. They are different players, but I like them equally.
    4. Dak Prescott. He is Ryan Fitzpatrick, though I don't know about his brain. Not sure if being a little less of an economist hurts him. Probably doesn't. He will be OK on my team, but needs a good, creative OC wherever he goes.

    I would be fine with any of these guys, though my order of preference is on paper for posterity to judge in 2020.

    The Jeff George Award goes to Connor Cook. I don't care about his numbers. I don't care about his measurable abilities. He is an ******* who deflects blame, not an ******* who shields his teammates. You can be one, but it has to be the right kind. When discussing blame it should only go in one direction if it is to be addressed at all, and that ability is absorbed way younger than 22.
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    I just realized I forgot about Paxton Lynch again. I don't think he's got the good stuff, in general. From the very very little I have seen, he looks an awful lot like Brock Osweiler in a superficial way, but his quickness doesn't look like it will translate.