The Inside Slant

Former NFL quarterback and longtime coach Zeke Bratkowski spent most of last winter helping Patrick Ramsey prepare for the draft. He tinkered with his mechanics, watched dozens of hours of game tape with him, constantly quizzing Ramsey on what he saw in the defenses. They left saying one word, ''Wow.'' And Bratkowski told anyone who would listen: ''If Patrick doesn't succeed, I don't know what the formula for success is.'' We caught up with Bratkowski this week for more thoughts on Ramsey.

''When I watched the highlights of Patrick's first game, I saw that he's a technician, from the standpoint of fundamentals. I saw an interview with coach Spurrier and it sounded like he was very pleased with Patrick's fundamentals. I reminded Patrick on Monday night of some things that we had talked about last year, that what you did today is not good enough tomorrow. ''He doesn't want to let the one game be the thing that carries him on. He's just going to work. He's so goal-oriented about what he wants to accomplish. His work ethic is the thing that carries him. He's so smart and has above average football intelligence. Nothing will change him. He's not going to allow it. There's no big-headedness in him and he knows that he has to gain the respect of his teammates and he's not going to flaunt any success he has.

''When I worked with him last winter we tried to update what people were doing now defensively, not what they were doing 10 years ago. He couldn't get enough of that and he constantly watched tapes. He reflects his work ethic on the field and in the classroom.

''He doesn't take any shortcuts. One of the things we talked about was what the demands of the position are, especially with the modern-day specialized substitutions. Also, less and less plays are being run in a game. So you can't waste plays and you have to take your team out of a bad play and he has that ability. Patrick has that ability to when he looks, he makes sure he sees something. We stressed that all the time. My evaluation of a quarterback is you'll see something and the quarterback will come of the field and say, 'I see what they're trying to do to me on second down. Next time I'll do this.' Then there are others, like a Jim McMahon, who will say, 'Did you see what they did to me on second down? And I burned him.' Patrick is one of those guys who recognizes it very quickly. He sees what he sees and he tries to take advantage of it.

''He's a combination of a lot of different people. Patrick has the work ethic of a Bart Starr. And he's a quarterback who is smart like Boomer Esiason. He's mentally aggressive, a little like Jim McMahon and he's very accurate. Patrick is very coachable. He's the kind of kid who, when you go to work, you can't wait to see him. Patrick is going to be fine. They've got someone to build on, I know that. You almost think, how could someone be that way. He's too good to be true.

''He's the type that will continue to study and study tapes. He'll make sure he knows what his responsibilities are. And if he doesn't, he'll find out.

''Patrick is very competitive. I remember once there was a pro golfer at this workout place that we had in New Orleans--Kelly Gibson, who's on the pro tour. They were playing ping pong and Kelly, unbeknownst to Patrick, would play on tour when the golf was rained out. He was beating Patrick pretty good, but Patrick kept saying, 'One more game. One more game.' He just couldn't stand the fact that this guy was beating him. And if you watch his Tulane tapes, you'll see him standing in the pocket with his eyes downfield. He'll stay in there until the last second.

''Patrick comes from good stock. I met his father once and you could see that Patrick has great respect for his father. It's my pleasure to talk about Patrick. It's nice to see him respond to the challenge. The Redskins ought to be glad they have him.''


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