Brock Osweiler is turning into one of the better quarterback prospects in the country. Few kids playing on Saturday combine his size, athleticism and quarterback acumen with a compact release. He's 6'8" but moves like a guy that is much smaller. He's coordinated and shows decent footwork in the pocket. He seems to have the arm-strength to make all the throws and demonstrates touch when needed.
And now I learn from Doug Franz (Douglice) via Sun Devils analyst, Jeff Van Raaphorst, Osweiler is managing film room meetings while preparing for games. To the degree in which he "manages" these meetings is of little concern to me. The fact he has the clicker and pointer in hand, telling his teammates what they're looking for here, and/or what they should expect there, and/or explaining the offense in detail is extremely impressive -- especially when he's doing it in front of Sun Devils Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone!
It's a brilliant coaching strategy. I don't know who is actually responsible for this coaching decision but I have never heard of it being used at the college level. Bernie Kosar could do it and did it; Neil Lomax could do it and did it; Chris Miller could do it and did it. These guys were grizzled veterans, not first-year full-time starter Osweiler.
It's brilliant for a number of reasons:
What better way could there be to ensure a kid is in his playbook and in control of the offense than to let him teach it to his teammates? Osweiler knows he will be called on the carpet -- literally -- so he better know what he's talking about.
What better way to show confidence in your starting quarterback than to let him run a film-room session? Osweiler becomes more confident in what he's doing because he knows the offense.
What better way to set the bar for every other quarterback on the team and future quarterbacks than to let them see what is expected of them the night before or day of a game? Osweiler is demonstrating leadership by showing the young-guns what they must do one day.
What better way to build team confidence in Osweiler than to show him off to his teammates? Osweiler commands instant respect in the huddle because his teammates know he knows what he's talking about.
Also, and this cannot be overstated, the coaching staff is running a huge risk if Osweiler does not perform well in that meeting! Noel Mazzone would not allow Osweiler to say something in front of his teammates that was wrong for obvious reasons. So, hypothetically speaking, if Mazzone had to correct Osweiler in front of his teammates more than once, it could shatter the confidence of the entire offense!
Finally, Osweiler has all the physical tools of an NFL quarterback; now it appears he's becoming a student of the game. Grow strong, Grasshopper -- er -- Skyscraper.
We're all watching and so are your teammates and so is the NFL.