I get the impression that Milton has that milli-second breakdown in his brain, just before he launches the ball, that he still wants to show how hard or far he can throw it. That's either arrogance or immaturity or both. That or he's blind in one eye and has no depth perception.
If that tendency can't be coached out of him, it's futile to think he'll fix it himself.
Ball thrown 27 yards in air. Good pocket. 2.87 seconds snap to throw.
Ball thrown 50 yards in air. Good pocket. 2.95 seconds snap to throw.
Ball thrown 48 yards in air. Blitzer in his face. 3.14 seconds snap to throw.
Ball thrown 47 yards in air. Stepped significantly into the pocket, which was collapsing behind him. 3.49 seconds to throw.
Ball thrown 35 yards in air. Good pocket. 2.50 seconds snap to throw.
Ball thrown 53 yards in air. Decent pocket. 3.31 seconds snap to throw.
Bonus Coverage (pass not overthrown):
Hyatt injury play. 64 yards in air. Decent pocket. 3.51 seconds snap to throw. Great pass.
We need a QB that can at least hit 2 or 3 of these, at a minimum. I think we have 2 that can (Hooker/Bailey).
Are our other QBs strong enough to make some of these passes? I think they do, with perhaps the exception of the Hyatt play. Worth considering that it's literally nothing for Joe to flick it 50 yards, and it won't make him tired like other QBs. You might not be able to throw it deep with the other 2 as much as Heupel wants to in this offense. We have seen the WRs can get open.
OL on these plays did a good enough job for the amount of time it took for the play to develop and the pass to be thrown. Bodes well for us to do this with other QBs
Could Joe's issues just be with timing? Is his brain clock programmed to fire just a little too soon?
Let's say we convert 2 of these. Game changers (probably OPs point). Different ballgame.
Joe Milton III literally has nowhere to go but up (ceiling is higher). His rushing ability and physical characteristics still should allow for game-breaking opportunities like long rushes, pocket escapes, etc. If he can fix the timing/ball speed, then I'd rather have him out there.
Hendon Hooker showed flashes while out there. Good rushing ability as well. The play with the cutback was sick. He is still the backup, IMO, but if this weekend works out, and he starts, I'd like to see him out there with a week of practice and preparation as the #1 guy. He was not asked to make long passes during his playing time, and I think he has the potential to step up there.
With Harrison Bailey, you lose the rushing ability. Though, it may be a worthwhile tradeoff, if he can make a few of the passes from above. I doubt he could have made the Hyatt one though.
Was wondering that myself and am afraid we won't like the answer. The truly egregious throw was the wide open, you and I could make that throw, he missed for a touchdown. The others will happen
and hopefully improve) as WRs and QB get more familiar with each other.
We had a kid in my hometown who shot basketballs almost 3 hours a day from the time he was 5 years old until he was 13. He couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn when he tried out for the basketball team as a Freshman. The old saying “ practice makes prefect“ is not always true.
There is a big difference in playing around and actually practicing with a coach. Shooting basketballs the wrong way for hours instead of working on things like correct posture, follow through, accuracy, muscle endurance, correct footwork, etc. isn’t going to help anyone become a better shooter.
Got a buddy that was a pro gamer for a few years before I met him. Went to tournaments all over the country, won some nice gear and a good bit of money doing it. One day we were talking about a Modern Warfare game I had been playing for months. I said something like “you would think with all the hours I play I would be pretty good at this but I’m just kinda average. What was your trick?” My friend responded “that’s because you’re playing for fun and to relax. When I was competing, every time I turned the game on I was practicing.”
More likely it's inability. Compare him to a baseball player that can throw the ball 98 MPH, but can't throw a strike to save his life. If he can't throw the deep ball better than he has shown at this stage of his career, he may never be able to do it with any consistency.