- Apr 11, 2009
- Reaction score
- Greensboro, NC
That's a pretty fair assessment. I'm not sure you can judge the 'it' factor this early though. For example, no one looked to have the 'it factor' more than Baker Mayfield in his rookie season. That moniker is looking pretty shaky about now. I think Haskins, by his own admission, was extremely hyped up and nervous in his initial starts. He was extremely accurate in his admittedly limited college starts. He has improved with more starts and being calmer. I expect he'll continue to improve on that front but you're right that's been an issue. He is going through his progressions more quickly as the season progresses which is encouraging. My criticisms would be related to him holding onto the ball far too long. He has to learn that sometimes the best play available is throwing it away. When your QB gets sacked a ton, bad things are going to happen. He's taken way too many of them and that has to change. He definitely throws off base at times. I'm not as concerned about that only because he frequently did it at OSU with little impact on accuracy - his arm is one of the strongest in the NFL. I think his accuracy issues have been more about adrenaline and just not having a lot of time to mesh with the WR corps. One of my bigger concerns is his mental game. There have been some comments and behavior which have made me question what he is really all about. It could just be his extreme youth. But he is awfully worried about things like social media and I don't like that at all.IMO...the issue isn't what's available at QB next draft (though that factors). The issue is whether Haskins is the answer; otherwise, we're down for the count for another couple years.
I haven't see enough to be sure. My concerns:
1. He takes too long to move through his progressions.
2. His fundamentals, according to the experts, are not his long-suit.
3. He sails the ball way too often.
Above all elese, what really bothers me, is that when the moment counts and receivers are open....he doesn't produce. He constantly made the wrong decision or simply didn't see the field. Now that just may be a factor of experience and learning NFL speed. Right now, it really trouibles me. Call it the "it factor" that winners just innately possess. He has youth. He has spirit. He has a strong arm. He is more mobile than I thought. Is he a leader? Does he have that ability to see the opportunity in the moment/the play and exploit it? I'm not sure. We'll tube an other year next season with the bar set higher to find out. If not, another two years finding a new QB.
Another uncertainty is coaching. It obviously hasn't been up to snuff for years. The results say so and what we see with our own eyes confirm it. I don't know how many of Haskins growth issues trace to his coaching and the overall team coaching that doesn't add up to a full team operating on all cylinders.
Bruce must go. Snyder owns it all but he's not going anywhere.