The Weis effect on quarterbacks
Published: Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 11:29 p.m.
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It's clear Florida hired Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator because of his ability to mentor young quarterbacks.
Weis and new Florida coach Will Muschamp have already given a vote of confidence to Florida senior quarterback John Brantley. Coming off a disappointing junior season, Brantley had a shaky performance in the spring game behind a makeshift offensive line. But both watched Brantley make all the necessary throws in spring practice, and both believe Brantley is their best option at the position to win games heading into 2011.
Weis had two strong quarterbacks to work with at Notre Dame, Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen. Both went on to the NFL. But it's fair to say, that both benefited from Weis' tutelage.
The positives? Notre Dame's quarterbacks completed more than 60 percent of their passes in four of five seasons, with the lone exception coming during Clausen's freshman season. And the two ND quarterbacks combined for a touchdown-to-interception ratio of better than 3 to 1 (129-41) during Weis' five seasons at the helm.
The negatives? Weis' quarterbacks tend to take shots in the pocket. Notre Dame's quarterbacks were sacked an average of 26 times during Weis' five-year tenure. Brantley was sacked 22 times as a spread option quarterback with suspect mobility (insert square peg in round hole). Brantley will likely take even more hits as a dropback quarterback, but should improve on his sub-par touchdown-to-interception ratio. Brantley threw 10 picks last season while completing just nine TD passes.