A Closer Look at Jake Locker

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  1. EdRomeo

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    The aim of this thread is to conduct a layman's evaluation and discussion of Jake Locker, a look past the stats and the often parroted rhetoric available through media and draft sites.

    The goal is to look in depth and discuss the Jake Locker in action.
    The springboard for the discussion will be the commonly available game cut-ups (not highlights) on youtube.

    All are welcome with the expectation that specific plays will be discussed whenever possible.

    The first game will be 2010 Washington vs USC:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M6UyU-XaZo

    Washington vs USC
    Jake Locker: Washington at USC 10/2/2010

    Part I
    Passing chart:
    (on time=OT; on target=OT; in stride=IS)
    Negative plays in orange/brown
    Positive plays in green

    1) Shotgun: Half roll(R) throwback RB screen (L) draws pressure from DL makes Jump pass -on time on target throw

    2) Shotgun: Quick Slant Slot (R) rhythm throw on time+ on target+ in stride+; Quick set-up from a good base gets ball out quick

    3) Shotgun: Slot Screen (L) on time on target throw from solid base :)44s)

    4) Under center: PA Roll (R) hits RB in the flat on time+ on target+ in stride+ on the run

    5) Shotgun: Reads progression from (L) to (R) finds RB on wheel route w/ pressure in his face makes an on time+ on target+ instride- ball thrown into the endzone-incomplete pass either thrown to far in front or misjudged by the RB* a better decision on the throw may have been to throw the RB short of the endzone and force them to throttle down to make the catch easier :)56s)

    6) Shotgun: Skinny Post/Slant Slot (L) reads progression on (L) throws into a tight window on time+ on target+ in stride-pass slightly too far in front of WR; Quick Release

    7) Shotgun PA Rollout (L): w/ pressure in his face makes throws on the run to WR bracketed by on the sideline by a DB closing in creating a tight window; pass on time+ on target+ in stride+ (nice toss@ 1:04)

    8) Shotgun:WR Hitch (L) rhythm throw from a clean pocket to a well covered WR on time- throw a little behind/late in the timing on target- ball was a bit too high at helmet height (WR got both hands on it but couldn't bring it in) drop


    9) Shotgun: Slot Out (R) from clean pocket in rhythm; on time+ on target+ in stride+ DB good coverage in trial position

    10)Under center: 7 step drop PA meets pressure as soon as he hits the top of his drop, avoids sack turns negative play into a 2 yard gain (1:49)

    11)Shotgun: Slot out (L) quick rhythm throw w/ pressure in the face OT+OT+IS+; nice anticipation throw ball was out before the WR finished his break (1:52)

    12) Shotgun:pA Post (R) incomplete OT+OT- lead a well covered WR towards the goal post out of bounds basically a throw away either the WR gets it or no one else does but it should be noted that he throws from the 40 ydr line to the back of the endzone w/ ease (2:04)

    13) Shotgun: 4th and 1 called run for 10+ yard gain nice run

    14) Shotgun: Screen/RB flat (R) draws DL toward him makes jump pass OT+OT+IS+

    15) Under center: PA roll (L) WR Post (L) OT+OT+IS+ TD from the -47 ydr line to 2 yards into the endzone 50+ yard throw w/ ease (2:28)

    16) Under center: PA waggle (L) OT+OT+IS+ into a tight window (2:46)

    17) Shotgun: Zone read keeper from the -45 to 10 nice run, vision, athleticism ball poked out from behind lost fumble-- Ball Security!

    18) Shotgun: PA 3 step drop quick pressure in face, hit during throw intermediate route (3:08)

    19) Shotgun: Pocket breaks down scrambles (R) hits open WR OT+OT+IS (3:18)

    20) Shotgun: Square in (L) quick rhythm throwOT+OT+IS

    21) Shotgun: In pocket scan progressions pocket breaks down, escapes as jersey is grabbed scrambles w/ head up finds WR OT+OT+IS (3:38)

    22) Shotgun: Pocket breaks down scrambles (R)

    23) Shotgun: pressure in face dumps to RB in flat

    24) Shotgun: clean pocket sails ball high (throw away?) in the direction of a well covered/double covered WR (4:00)

    25) Under center: Straight drop back, clean pocket, scans field, scrambles up the middle does a clever flip to the RB for the 1st down (4:29)

    26) Under center: PA roll (L) OT+OT+IS to well covered receiver in tight window (4:40)

    (4:59) POSTED IN GAME GRAPHIC: outside the pocket 9/10 148yds TD called runs 4-52 yds scrambles 2-24 yds

    27) Shotgun: half-roll throwback screen draws pressure jump pass OT+OT+IS

    28) Under center: Straight drop Skinny Post WR (L) OT+OT- lead WR a little too far IS- incomplete (5:16)


    29) Shotgun: PA 3 step drop intermediate route sideline square out (R) same pass as 18- OT+OT+IS dropped, flat out dropped (5:20)
    ^^One of the toughest throws he makes w/ ease from a shrinking pocket

    30) Screen

    31) Under center:pA roll (R) no pressure no one chasing him throws short of the open WR OT+OT-IS- (kinda a WTF pass? he been making this throw all game w/ pressure then w/o pressure he misses it?) (5:46)
    It looks like the WR may have ran past/out of the throwing window after a second look

    32) Shotgun PA: roll (R) hit WR on sideline hitch w/ defender closing in OT+OT+IS+

    33) Shotgun: 3rd & 18 Straight drop back pocket breaks down, evades sacks as jersey gets grabbed scrambles w/ head up and throws a rope in between tight coverage for the 1st down (6:26)


    34) Under center: PA Roll (R) deep throw back (L) WR is in the middle of the field pass is towards (L) hash mix up? OT+OT- IS-


    35) Pistol: pressure in face OT+OT+IS+ to RB in swing pass

    36) Shotgun: Screen

    37) Shotgun: quick pressure escapes pocket, RB quality cutback/juke against a DB for 15+ yard gain (7:09)


    38) Under center: PA roll out (R) throwback (L) to FB? OT+OT- it looked like the FB expected the ball more toward the sideline Locker threw it more up field IS+; result drop/mis-played (7:20)


    39) Shotgun: quick pressure in the face OT+OT+IS to RB in the flat square out- dropped (8:24)

    40) Under center:pA roll (R) similar play as ^^except to WR OT+OT+- helmet height but caught IS+


    41) Under center: (3rd & 8) Quick Slant WR (L)-3 step drop ball out OT+OT+IS dropped (8:40)



    42) Shotgun: (4th & 8) Straight drop Slot slant/in well covered (its hard to see what happened) OT+OT+- it looked on target but broken up IS n/a


    43) Shotgun: PA roll (L) throw away
    [video=youtube;RB-D6Bnmz0M]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB-D6Bnmz0M[/video]
    44) Shotgun: Straight drop climbs pocket LT gets beat and his man strips the ball-fumble-recovered Wash-BALL SECURITY!!!

    45) Shotgun: Slant (R) OT+OT+IS+ into a tight coverage dropped

    46) Shotgun: (4th & 10) Climbs pocket hits drill 18s yds? jump pass over the middle into tight coverage 1st down (9:12)
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    Passing Breakdown from the passing chart in post #2:

    Missed pass incomplete: (5),6,(8),28,
    Scramble/on the move incomplete: (12), (31), (34), (38)
    Drops/(receiver misplay/effort): 8, 28, 29, 39, 41, 45,(5),(38)
    Throw away: (12), (24), (34)


    Evaluation:

    Instincts+Intuition:3 (2 fumbles no, no)
    Competitiveness:4 (faced pressure all but executed gameplan that relied on his mobility, came back late to win, not bothered by drops etc)
    Arm Strength:5 (self evident)
    Complete Inventory of passes:4
    Quick delivery:4
    Touch:3 (missed a few throws)
    Read defense:3 (offense didn't require much reading of coverages but executed the offense and made his progressions made good decisions)
    Mobility+Avoidance:4 (graded down b/c of the fumbles would've been a 5)
    Function while injured- N/A
    Not easily rattled:4
    Spontaneous decision/play making:4


    Negative plays:

    5) Shotgun: Reads progression from (L) to (R) finds RB on wheel route w/ pressure in his face makes an on time+ on target+ instride- ball thrown into the endzone-incomplete pass either thrown to far in front or misjudged by the RB* a better decision on the throw may have been to throw the RB short of the endzone and force them to throttle down to make the catch easier :)56s)

    6) Shotgun: Skinny Post/Slant Slot (L) reads progression on (L) throws into a tight window on time+ on target+ in stride-pass slightly too far in front of WR; Quick Release :)60s)

    8) Shotgun:WR Hitch (L) rhythm throw from a clean pocket to a well covered WR on time- throw a little behind/late in the timing on target- ball was a bit too high at helmet height (WR got both hands on it but couldn't bring it in) drop

    24) Shotgun: clean pocket sails ball high (throw away?) in the direction of a well covered/double covered WR (4:00)

    28) Under center: Straight drop Skinny Post WR (L) OT+OT- lead WR a little too far IS- incomplete (5:16)

    31) Under center:pA roll (R) no pressure no one chasing him throws short of the open WR OT+OT-IS- (kinda a WTF pass? he been making this throw all game w/ pressure then w/o pressure he misses it?) (5:46)It looks like the WR may have ran past/out of the throwing window after a second look

    38) Under center: PA roll out (R) throwback (L) to FB? OT+OT- it looked like the FB expected the ball more toward the sideline Locker threw it more up field IS+; result drop/mis-played (7:20)
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  2. paraconspiracy

    paraconspiracy long time browser no more

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    thanks for the vids. i've been looking for vids that weren't only highlights.
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    Kiss this thread goodbye once RollTide finds it.
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  4. GeronimoJackson

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    OP, expect RollTide to go Jack Bauer on you.

    DAMN IT! Tell me where the tape is! Who are you working for?!
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  5. SEC 330 BIPOLAR

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    ^that's funny. :ha:
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  6. JCBRAVE

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    Somebody needs to make one of those Hitler youtube video's featuring RollTide
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  7. Fry

    Fry Hatin' is what I do.

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    I saw more drops in the video than I did errant passes, by far.
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  8. RollTide

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    Funny i started a thread that compared a season of stats while Romeo cherry picks Jake's best game.

    So can i expect a similar breakdown of the 2 Nebraska games Ed? Somehow i doubt that.

    A healthy skeptic not a Locker roadie.
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  9. RollTide

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    A heroic Jake Locker posing for a photo with 2 of his starting offensive linemen.
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  10. Big Time Titan

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    That just ain't right. That's wrong on so many levels.
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