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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Everett Golson View From The Backfield

One of the passing concerns involving Everett Golson is his struggling to find the open receiver in the middle of the field.  This has been attributed to his inexperience in following the progression of the play as to which receiver he should look for first, second, or third.  Another reason often discussed is his problem in seeing the middle of the field while in the pocket.  We think it is the latter.
Everett is listed on the roster at six feet.  Coming out of high school he was either listed at 6’0 or 5’11 by recruiting and the scouting reports.  For the sake of argument, let’s call him six feet.  For comparison:

Tommy Rees 6’ 2”

Andrew Hendrix   6’ 2”

Gunner Kiel 6’ 4”

Malik Zaire –  6’ 1” (recruiting class of 2013 and EE in January)   

The problem is these guys:

TE – Tyler Eifert – 6-6

LT – Zack Martin – 6-4

LG - Chris Watt – 6-3

C – Braxton Cave – 6-3

RG – Mike Golic – 6-3

RT – Christian Lombard – 6-5

TE – Troy Nikas – 6-7

Now the tight ends are not always going out to catch passes but are sometimes called upon to pass block. 
The offensive line averages 300 pounds so that’s just not tall guys standing in front of Golson but bulk as well.  Include a helmet that adds another three inches and the view can be downright poor from the backfield. 

One of the reasons Everett has had such great success throwing on the run is that he can finally see the field.  For a true freshman he is very accurate and has a strong arm.
Joe Theisman and Doug Flutie are good examples of short quarterbacks being very successful both at the college and professional level.  Here is what Everett has to deal with.


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