Here is the eighth section in the ongoing series of the intricacies of scouting college quarterbacks.
There won’t be many (if any) football people argue with the notion that the quarterback is the most important catalyst to a TEAM winning in just about any level of the sport. Today’s game is so heavily predicated on the skill and abilities of the quarterback position and combining those attributes into productive play on the field. But just how does a football scout effectively measure the “productive performance” of a quarterback in relation, if not contrast to stastics – which most following the game get all too hung up on.
John Westenhaver breaks down what’s MOST IMPORTANT when evaluating the real production of the quarterback on any given game day.
Section 8 – Production
I had a former scout tell me that he did not pay much attention to the grading area of production because it was irrelevant to the quarterback position since the stats were, or could be, so misleading. I would agree if stats were the sole criteria of production. However, stats and production are two different things and you can interpret stats to fit whatever argument you are promoting. Rather than being of little value, production, in reality, is the bottom line and is the culmination of all that is considered in the evaluation process.
Note: When considering Completion Percentage it is necessary to make note of why the pass was or was not completed. For example a pass that should have been caught and is dropped by the receiver should not count against the quarterback. The same would be true regarding play selection that is not the quarterback’s responsibility.
1st & 10 Production, the most important D-D situation in football. A gain of 4+ yards on 1st & 10 enables the offense to employ its entire offensive package.
3rd & 4+ Production
- Run/Pass selection
- Short/Long passes
- Completion %
Positive Yardage Indicator
- What is the ratio of positive yardage plays vs. negative yardage plays (as attributed to the quarterback’s involvement)
Red Zone (20 YDL to EZ)
- Completion %
- Pass Distribution (personnel)
- Pass Distribution (field-horizontal and vertical)
- Short Red Zone ( from the 10 YDL and 5YDL)
- D-D Situations from all RZ depths
- Scoring ( TDs, Field Goals)
Frontal Pressure and Blitz
- Sack effects-How do they affect the quarterback’s performance and style of play?
Hurried passes and alternative platform efficiency
- Does the quarterback make good decisions?
- Is the quarterback aware of his Alternative Platform limitations?
- Dose the quarterback develop a rhythm or establish a rhythm?
- Does pressure of the game or physically force the quarterback out of his rhythm?
- Does the quarterback appear in control at all times-what frustrates him?
What offensive system(s) does the quarterback come from?
How many Offensive Coordinators has the quarterback had?
How many years has the quarterback played at the college level?
Up Next – Scouting College Quarterbacks – INTANGIBLES