A Mechanical Matter

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 27, 2011 – 10:11 am

Sunday’s Combine action will have the QBs, RBs and WRs going through timing stations and position-specific drills on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. I’m sure this represents one of the most popular days of coverage for NFL Network because so many fans like to tune in and watch the QBs work with the WRs.

But as you’re watching/following the Combine and the QB/WR workouts, keep in mind that NFL coaches and scouts are more concerned with the minutia of the drills as opposed to whether or not the QB completes the pass or the WR comes down with an acrobatic catch. Don’t get me wrong, the coaches and scouts value accuracy and sure hands. But the mechanics are what the trained eyes are focusing on today.

The reason for this is simple. The passing game relies on timing and familiarity because many of the routes are intricate and many receivers prefer certain passes be thrown in certain areas. At the Combine, there’s no way for the QBs and WRs to deveop a rapport with each other where they are on the same page.

So as you watch Cam Newton throw a comeback route to A.J. Green or Jake Locker throw a crossing pattern to Julio Jones, pay more attention to how the WR comes out of his break and how efficiently the QB dropped back from under center as opposed to whether or not the pass was completed.

Just some food for thought on a lazy Sunday of Combine watching.

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3 Responses to “A Mechanical Matter”

  1. By Bigfan1 on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for that clarification.

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