Showcasing Andrew Luck's, RG3's Biggest Weaknesses Entering 2012 Season
There are a couple of key things each young quarterback will need to improve upon going forward, though compared to all the things they do right, it may seem like nitpicking.
Still, no matter how good a quarterback is, there's always room to improve.
Andrew Luck Should Use His Feet More Often
Luck doesn't like to take off and run with the ball. It's a shame, too, because as we saw from his NFL Scouting Combine numbers, he's just as athletic as Cam Newton.
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Instead, Luck will often dance around would-be pass-rushers and continue hanging around the pocket, hoping to find an open receiver.
It's not a bad trait for an NFL quarterback to have. God knows, Mike Vick could take a lesson or three from Luck in this regard. But, given Luck's speed, athleticism and strength, he could be making a ton of plays on the ground.
And he'll need to do so this year, considering the sad state of affairs on the Indianapolis Colts offensive line. If Luck isn't more inclined to take off and run, I fear he's going to end up getting plastered a few more times than he should.
Robert Griffin Should Learn How to Slide and/or Get out of Bounds
The two quarterbacks couldn't be more different when it comes to using their feet.
RG3 isn't afraid to take off and run, and from what we saw in college and a little bit during the preseason this summer, he isn't afraid to take a hit.
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That's not what NFL quarterbacks are supposed to do, though. Griffin III needs to understand that his primary role isn't to show how tough he is by taking on tacklers—that's what running backs and receivers are supposed to do.
Honestly, if RG3 doesn't learn to value his body over making a highlight play, he's going to end up just like Vick and won't ever live up to his true potential because he'll be hurt all the time.
Andrew Luck Doesn't Possess Elite Arm Strength
Then again, neither does Peyton Manning, and he never has.
Still, the Colts have some true burners on the roster in T.Y. Hilton and Donnie Avery who can stretch the field, and it's a shame Luck doesn't have the same kind of arm strength Cam Newton possesses. If he did, he'd be unstoppable.
Luck's "limited" arm strength means that he needs to hit his speed guys on slants and posts in order for them to be effective. It also means the deep ball isn't going to be a huge part of the Colts offense.
Luck will rely on timing and chemistry with his receivers, much like Manning has done throughout his career, to be the bread and butter of the team's aerial attack.
It's not going to be as explosive as the offense RG3 will be running for the Washington Redskins, but it'll get the job done just fine.
Robert Griffin III Needs to Work on Ball Security
For all the amazing highlights RG3 has put together over the past couple of years, one thing stands out to me that is going to be a problem here at the next level: ball security.
Before you hammer me about how he's been a good caretaker of the football and isn't turnover prone, just take a look at the following YouTube clip with an open mind and watch how far away RG3 carries the ball from his body when he's scrambling.
It's clear that the big boys in the NFL will take full advantage of RG3's tendency to treat the ball like an appendage instead of holding it high and tight like a running back.
If Griffin doesn't make a concerted effort to fix this glaring shortcoming, he'll turn the ball over far too often for Mike Shanahan's liking, and then we'll all be subjected to Shanny's mad face.
It's hard to find much bad tape on these two quarterbacks. Both of them are set up to succeed in the NFL. Still, the one thing we know about all the great players in the NFL is that they are always striving to be better.
Luck and Griffin III will certainly not buck that trend, and I see nothing but a bright future ahead for the two of them and their respective franchises.
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