Here is the ninth section in the ongoing series of the intricacies of scouting college quarterbacks.
Intangibles are those “fuzzy” factors that you can’t put a statistical measurement on when it comes to evaluating any position on the football field. But perhaps no other single category has brought down the future development of young quarterbacks. There have been some fantastic physical talents enter into the NFL and quickly exit because of their lack of character, or work ethic, or just having that IT factor about them. In this segment on evaluating and scouting college quarterbacks, John Westenhaver reviews and emphasizes this most “overlooked” area in finding a franchise signal caller.
Section 9 – INTANGIBLES
Intangible factors are vital indicators of a players worth in many respects. By the very definition of the word these factors are subjective. Included here are those that must be considered and yet the list could go on and on and added to as each team deems important. These are not listed in a priority order.
- What is the quarterback like.
- What are the quarterback’s values?
- What is the quarterback like on and off the field?
- Does the quarterback stand for something?
- Character has been defined as what you are when no one else is around.
- Is the quarterback committed to do what is necessary on the field, in the classroom, in and out of season.
- Does this ethic transfer to the game?
- Is the quarterback an every down player?
- Does the quarterback go full speed until the whistle blows?
- Does the quarterback play with the same intensity in the 4th quarter ahead or behind?
- How does the quarterback relate to teammates, coaches, team personnel, the media, the general public, and social media?
- What is the quarterback’s personality like, introvert, extrovert etc.?
- What type of family does the quarterback have, married, single etc.?
- How does the quarterback relate to his family?
- Are they supportive of him?
- What relationship did the quarterback have with his Father, Mother, and/or Siblings?
High Personal Expectations
- What are his goals?
- Is the quarterback willing to pay the price to achieve them?
- Are they reasonable?
- Is there a connection between his brain and his heart?
What stands out about him?
- Both positively and negatively.
- Is the quarterback poised in his approach to his role?
- Can the quarterback and does he command respect and can he implement that command and control?
- Is the quarterback the type that others will follow?
- Can the quarterback maintain his leadership role during adverse conditions?
- What do his former college Head Coach, Position Coach, Strength Coach, Trainer and teammates say about him?
- Will the quarterback take a beating and bounce back up?
- Will the quarterback play hurt?
- Art Rooney Jr. said when I asked him if there was one quality a QB must have, what in your opinion would it be, he replied, “physical toughness”.
- Fourth quarter endurance.
- The ability to remain focused in all phases of his preparation and performance.
- Does the quarterback have the discipline and situational intelligence to take a sack or throw the ball away?
- The ability to remain on an even keel regardless of the situation either off the field or in the heat of battle. How does he handle pressure situations?
- The ability to learn and execute the playbook.
- The ability to transfer the playbook to the game.
- The ability to communicate his knowledge to his teammates.
- However this term is defined, there is a sense of having or not having “IT”
- Illegal drugs
- Banned substances
- Alcohol abuse
- Domestic violence
- Arrest history
- Discipline problems at college, etc.
- Will the quarterback in any way be the cause of extraordinary disruption to the goals and chemistry of team or the organization?
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