NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell is well respected around NFL coaching circles. His job is to essentially pour over hours and hours of game film and I tend to respect his opinion more than others because of the time he puts into the film preparation.
In Cosell’s latest blog post on NFL Films he talks about the rise of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
“I had not carefully looked at their tape since January, and I always find it fascinating to revisit players, especially quarterbacks, with a fresh (and hopefully different) perspective,” Cosell wrote.
Cosell picked out one play from last year that encapsulates what he likes most about each player. In the case of Stafford, it was a 36-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tony Scheffler in Week 2 against the Chiefs.
“Go back to the second week of the 2011 season, against the Kansas City Chiefs. Stafford threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Tony Scheffler that few quarterbacks would have attempted,” Cosell wrote.
“It began with his subconscious and intuitive belief that he could make the throw, and then it featured rare velocity and pinpoint accuracy. It was a snapshot of Stafford’s outstanding season, the kind of throw that distinguishes great NFL passers.
“When you get a chance to see every throw quarterbacks make, and just as importantly, the ones they don’t make, you get a clearly defined picture of the difference. Stafford is only in the early stages of his career, but there’s no question he’s near the top of the charts when it comes to throwing ability. The more snaps he takes, and the more he learns, the better he will get.”
Coming from Cosell, Stafford should take that as a great compliment.
P.S. I always love watching this highlight for the simple fact of Scheffler’s touchdown celebration.
Tags: Matthew Stafford, Tony Scheffler
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