SportsDoc Update: Passing Dilemma 9/30/2013
1280 The Zone - September 30th, 2013
"The passing dilemma - leave Taysom and Travis alone as long as they succeed or encourage a better long-term outcome for the "throw game"?
As was discussed last week on the Zone and here, there are some important things mechanically that can enhance significantly the ability to throw downfield accurately and consistently. While I can't argue with success because moving the chains is the main role of the quarterback, I was reminded of how a fluid consistent throwing motion results in success when I watched a special on the Manning brothers on ESPN. Both have an over the top delivery initiating their throwing motion by having the front end of the ball pointing back right before starting their throwing motion. Young players would do well to emulate that throwing motion as it will result in the ball coming out from a consistent "window". The same motion can be emulated in throwing a baseball by pointing the thumb at the ground as the arm is taken back to begin the throwing motion. Throwing this way with both a football and a baseball will allow an athlete to use their body and shoulder to throw the ball instead of just the arm. In a young athlete this can not only result in more consistency but help to eliminate elbow problems which are usually a result of poor mechanics.
While I have no inside information on whether throwing motion is even evaluated to any great extent, or if either of our local guys even care, there is hopefully someone trying to help Taysom out. He is a great athlete and I'm sure would be a quick study if his throwing motion could be improved. As far as Travis goes, who can argue with success, but think about how hard it would be for a lineman to block a pass if he came from over the top. Some of the great ones, like Tom Brady, evaluate their own video constantly to keep the throwing motion where it should be. Anyone who throws a lot, football or baseball, needs to continually evaluate how efficient they are in delivering the ball through that same window to stay effective and for the younger athletes especially, free of injuries related to poor mechanics.