Can Olson Really Improve Freeman’s Mechanics?January 8th, 2010
These two are passionate Bucs fans, in addition to being well versed at the highest level in the Xs and Os of the game.
In a recent exchange, Carlson, the former Bucs QB (1990 and 1991), was asked by commenter FlBoy84 a pointed question:
“In an article you did previously, you mentioned that most teams don’t have someone on staff to work with QB’s on tightening up the mechanics. Can you clarify?
Here is Carlson’s response:
You are under the correct assumption that a QB coach should be there to tweak the mechanics, etc.
But the cold, hard reality is that of all the QB coaches in the league, only a few have ever been a QB or know much about correcting problems with different motions, so they just leave them alone and work on the Xs and Os of the individual plays, understanding the defenses and different blitzes for that week’s game, and making sure the QB knows all of his checks (audibles).
Byron Leftwich said he worked on improving his mechanics everyday. What did he work on? He certainly didn’t improve or change anything from his days with Jacksonville, Atlanta or Pittsburgh.
Even though guys are given credit for “developing” QBs (Charlie Weiss for Tom Brady, or the Gators’ Scott Loeffler for Brady, Brian Griese and others while at Michigan), they don’t help them improve their throwing technique; they try to help them make better decisions with the ball.
Did you see Tim Tebow’s throwing motion improve this year under Loeffler, the guy that “developed” Tom Brady? Not a bit in my opinion.
I don’t think Charlie Weiss, who never played football at all, is giving clinics to Tom Brady, Brady Quinn or his newest guy Jimmy Clausen.
Scouts say Clausen will be a No. 1 pick and he probably will be, but quote me as saying he won’t be a good pro.
He hasn’t improved his “strange” throwing technique in three years under Weiss, who has had him since high school.
So, can we expect Josh Freeman to improve his throwing fundamentals? No.
Small changes to his weight transfer and his follow-through would put him on balance after the release of the ball, resulting in a more consistent outcome. Freeman will probably become a better QB by better decision making skills, which is what the QB/Offensive Coordinator will be working on throughout the offseason, training camp and during the season.
If he makes better decisions, his stats should improve. But if he was able to improve his mechanics, his ball would be more accurate more often.
If he combined both, he would make large improvements in his play and improve the team’s potential for winning more games.