Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez has endured a rocky relationship with Husker fans since arriving in Lincoln almost three years ago. Yet despite the fumbles, the in-game texting (remember that drama?) and the less-than-charismatic postgame interviews, it has been his throwing mechanics that have drawn the most scorn and ridicule.
His cringe-inducing motion has left Husker Nation hoping beyond hope the last two springs for a magical transformation. Maybe the coaching staff could work with him, maybe he could attend some quarterback camp, anything that could bring about change.
But the days of cheering for a transformation in Martinez’s delivery are over.
Because like a man entering his 30s, Martinez heads into his senior year with goals of preservation and optimization, not development.
For despite his NFL aspirations, this fall will likely be the end of the road for Martinez’s quarterbacking career, although I hear the Omaha Beef are in the market for former college dual-threats.
So even though there is still much room for improvement, this is no time for overhauling his entire throwing motion. Because though many Husker fans will refuse to believe it, Martinez is capable of becoming a top quarterback in all of college football this fall without changing his delivery.
And that is hardly a stretch considering what Martinez accomplished last year. After somewhat improving his delivery from the 2011 campaign, he tallied the second-most touchdowns in the Big Ten, the second-highest yards per attempt, the second-highest completion percentage and the best quarterback rating in the entire conference.
The old saying goes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, Martinez’s delivery is certainly no masterpiece and may be a little tough on the eyes, but it is definitely not broken. So how do you argue with his numbers from a year ago?
Putting in extra work in the film room, stressing more conservative decision-making and focusing on ball security when he chooses to run would all benefit Martinez. But trying to change his delivery after three years at the helm? The growing pains would simply outweigh the benefits for a quarterback already receiving all-conference recognition.
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