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Matt Barkley Film Study – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Posted by Brad On November – 28 – 2012
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In an effort to not place myself into the camp of believers that think Matt Barkley can’t play, I decided to breakdown Barkley in all his glory.  What I found was evidence that Barkley is still a work in progress in terms of what was viewed as strong points before this season.

We all knew Barkley wasn’t a great athlete, didn’t have elite arm strength, and his size was going to be questioned.  He was not Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin for that matter.  What made Barkley special was his accuracy, decision-making, mechanics, experience, pocket presence, and he seemed to have that “it” factor.  Then came a 7-5 2012 season.

Anytime you come in on top, people are looking to knock you off the pedestal. Andrew Luck thrived under the pressure and stood up to the test of time.  Barkley seems to have regressed.  Recently, I watched over two games from 2011 and three from 2012.  Barkley was blessed with solid weapons both seasons, neither offensive line was anything to write home to mom about, and the offensive system remained the same.  With that, it’s reasonable to believe Barkley would excel and accelerate his draft stock to lock down the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

What I found to be true was the opposite.  Barkley didn’t thrive and took steps backwards in terms of accuracy and decision-making.  Those two aspects play hand-in-hand with each other.  The two games that I will feature in this piece are 2012 contest versus Stanford and Oregon.  Stanford fields the best defense in the PAC 12 and Barkley was without center Khaled Holmes. He was sacked six times and was pressured on a regular basis.  Oregon was a different story, Barkley was in a shootout and his numbers would suggest he played a good game (35-54 for 484 yards and 5 TD’s).  The breakdown of the film shows more of the same from Stanford.  Signs of pure bliss at the QB position and moments that were absolutely painful to watch.

The common denominator in both games was both teams were able to pressure Barkley the A gaps.  Barkley looked confused and with little mobility to escape the pocket he was a sitting duck.  Let’s take a look at some screenshots to highlight some good, some bad, and some ugly for evaluators to consider.

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USC lines up in a no-back, empty set.  The TE is lined up as a wing and motions wide into the boundary.  Stanford’s secondary bumps to motion with corners at 8 yards depth and the safeties at 10. Read the rest of this entry » «Matt Barkley Film Study – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly»

Geno Smith Film Session

Posted by Brad On September – 28 – 2012

30 of 43, 338 yards, 3 TD’s, and 0 Int’s.  That was Geno Smith’s statline for Saturday’s game against Maryland.  The critics are squelching his Heisman bid because of this ‘off’ performance.  I guess when you have put up the gaudy numbers Smith has over a four game stretch, that could be considered ‘off’.

No doubt Maryland was the most game opponent Smith has faced this season, but dating back to January’s Orange Bowl Smith has posted 18 TD’s to 0 INT’s.  Not bad for a guy many are considering as the top Heisman candidate at this early juncture.  Criticizing Smith for his Maryland performance is like picking out flaws in a Victoria’s Secret magazine.

I have recently taken some criticism for a mock draft that featured Geno Smith taken ahead of Matt Barkley with the second overall selection.  Emails reading “system QB” and “Pat White” littered my inbox as Smith ‘struggled’ through Saturday.  There is little doubt that Smith didn’t post his finest performance on Saturday, he would be the first to admit as he did in the postgame conference.  That said, there was a lot to like about Smith’s Maryland performance.

Thanks to my friends at draft breakdown.com I submit a video review of the reasons why I hold Smith in the esteem that I do.

As West Virginia frequently does, they run trips to the boundary with a one-on-one matchup to the field.  Maryland loads the box with seven defenders, clearly showing blitz.  With no safety help, Smith knows he won’t have time to set his feet to get this throw off. Read the rest of this entry » «Geno Smith Film Session»