To follow on your last point, I think Kizer can get better with repetition. It worked for Vinny! A decade after a bad start he took the Jets to the AFC title game.
Ben, Jim Kelly, Boomer--big, powerful fast QBs with great arms and play-action passing.
My only fear is that DeShone's like DA: Easy deep passes, but can't throw the 5-yarders in the flat!
YankeeBigDog wrote:lbsouth1 wrote: First let me say I don't think he will be a day 1 starter nor should he. Depending on how the season goes if he's not forced in by injury I could see him getting some starts at the end of the season if the record is already tanked. Blah blah blah, not important it's just an opinion. I just didn't want to have to defend a thread of me having to correct people who say I want him to be an immediate starter. Fire out let's move on.
Now for what I really wanted to point out. I could see a package of short yardage and goalline for Kizer as early as week 1 of the season. His running ability in the red zone and in short yardage is as intriguing as it would be problematic for the defense. He is a big man and makes really good RPO reads in the red zone. Whether it's read option that sends the back 1 way while he goes the other to take advantage of #s or create mismatches or RB leads that outnumber defenders at a point of attack, he's a weapon nobody else on our roster remotely nears. Granted making Kizer an effective running option demands a passing package that makes the threat far more credible than just a Cribbs Wildcat or even a Manziel 95% run/5% make it up as U go play. The good news is Kizer has been effective in both run and pass plays in the red zone.
2nd, Kizer can be devastating to a defense with his pump fake. I don't know why more QBs don't use it to manipulate defenders but Kizer is efficient at mind scrambling corners in individual routes and moving safeties way the hell out of where he intends to throw the ball on others. It does show off 1 of Kizer's natural gifts which are his quick feet. He can reset his feet about as well as anybody I've seen come out in a long long time. Browns have been on the wrong end of countless plays with Rapistburger throws a nasty fake and Kizer is just as good, perhaps more willing than RapeBen was as a rookie.
3rd Generally speaking Kizer has quick motion for a big man. It is elongated on some throws, but he also has a lightning release on others. Hue's job will be to quicken his foot mechanics so those fast release throws are consistent. Almost all of his WTF mechanical error throws (like most other QBs) result from poor mechanics where the feet aren't in sync with the arm motion.
Here's a quick vid to show some of Kizer's strong points.
I've been dying for points two and three since we started looking for QBs. The pump fake and hiding the football are vastly underrated skills in this league of fast and powerful defenses. If you can't find an advantage to getting the defense out of position (which this ability does) you've sunk your quarterback and exposed your receivers. With Kizer's ability to cause the defenses to hesitate with his faking ability, even if momentarily, and the improved (yet again) offensive line, we may finally be on the way to having something.
Another thing about a quarterback that has the ability to confuse or slow down the defense is that your defense gets to see it every day. This can only help as we've seen in the past that our defense plays out of position a lot and has a tendency to be fooled easily. If Kizer has that ability we'll see it in an improved and smarter defense.
Hopefully, the mechanics come to him through coaching and repetition. And that he has enough time sitting behind the starter to develop them into game changing and winning attributes.