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Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:34 pm
 

In four seasons as the Washington Huskies starting quarterback, Jake Locker had led his team to victory on multiple occasions. Very rarely did the team win when Locker or the Husky offense, in general, didn't lead the way. Washington's defense -- the team's strength during its heyday -- had been that bad. 

On Thursday night, however, the Husky defense was the unit that played well and earned Washington the victory. The offense, particularly, Locker, struggled mightily.
With a run defense that entered the game ranked 118th out of 120 in the FBS, the Huskies did a great job of shutting down a UCLA Bruin offense that had averaged just under 195 rushing yards per game in a 24-7 victory.

For as good as the Washington defense played, Locker again demonstrated the struggles with reading defenses and hitting downfield targets that is raising concerns among NFL scouts.

On three occasions in the first half, Locker threw "blind" -- releasing passes without reading the defense. All three of the passes could have been intercepted. His interception came with Locker rolling left and firing the ball behind his target.

Locker completed only 10 of 21 passes on the night for 68 yards and the interception. He also ran four times for nine yards and a three yard touchdown.

I'm the first to point out that statistics mean little. Locker was victimized with a few drops, as has often been the case this season. Entirely too often Locker simply missed wide open targets. The concern, however, is that even among Locker's completions, very few of his passes gave his receivers an opportunity to make plays after the catch. This is in direct contrast to Stanford's Andrew Luck who, time after time, has helped his Cardinal teammates gain extra yardage because his passes "push" them away from contact and into the open field.

Locker remains a spectacular talent and one who I feel very easily could earn a first round selection despite his struggles. His upside and intangibles are as impressive any quarterback I've ever scouted.

However, I believe the single most important characteristic towards quarterback success in the NFL is accuracy. Even in Locker's best statistical game this year (against Syracuse on Sept. 11), I noted here that he wasn't as impressive as his 22 of 33 passing for 289 yards and a 4 TDs/0 INTs might first appear. 

Scouts have been waiting -- increasingly impatiently -- to see Locker prove pro caliber accuracy in any game this season.

With only two regular season games remaining in his senior season, they're still waiting to see it.

Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 10:34 pm
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

I think Carolina would be better suited trading down a few spots, ideally taking A.J Green and picking up more offensive weapons along the way in the first few rounds. But if Luck declares early, Carolina's new coach may not be able to resist taking him #1
i agree with you that's what Carolina should do which is why i hope Luck stays in school and honestly, it wouldnt surprse me if he did, but they should trade back, however, they likely will NOT be able to get Green if they trade back to the 5th spot or later, but i think they should be cheap (if they do trade the pick) and ONLY ask for a 2nd round pick and 3rd round pick because this team could need a nose tackle (if they switch to a 3-4) or a pass rushing end (if they stay in a 4-3), plus a reciever, i wouldnt mind if they traded back to 10 or later and took Michael Floyd.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

As you know, Redskins, I'm a Clausen supporter too but once Fox is gone, the new regime might want to start from scratch. I think Carolina would be better suited trading down a few spots, ideally taking A.J Green and picking up more offensive weapons along the way in the first few rounds. But if Luck declares early, Carolina's new coach may not be able to resist taking him #1, as Buffalo may score one or two more upsets this year while Carolina really looks like they might not win another game. I don't want it to happen either, but I believe there is a good chance that JC might suffer the same fate as Quinn and Leinart.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 11:07 am
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

One thing for certain is that either Carolina or Buffalo will be very disappointed if Luck does choose to stay in school for another year.
that's the BIG reason i hope he stays in school, i think Carolina has a good quarterback in Clausen, he just has no one to throw to EXCEPT Steve Smith. If Luck comes to Carolina, he will run into the same problems Clausen ran into, he will be waiting for a reciever to get open, try to force it to Smith, not be successful. i think Luck would be best with the Bills because he can sit behind Fitzpatrick for a year and take over whenever he doesnt play well, Clausen is a rookie this year and i think he still has potential if given a chance and recievers to throw to, he did well in college with Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, he has a Golden Tate in Steve Smith, but lacks that Michael Floyd. i think the Panthers should do their best to trade down and get a 2nd round pick because they need an guard and a reciever.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:03 am
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

Bradford got away with it is exactly right. He stayed another year and got injured but showed enough after recovering to solidify his stock. Locker would have been a high pick last year and still might considering the number of teams starving for a future QB, but his rawness and poor decision making ability was definitely exposed by staying an extra year. Luck is legitimately good enough to probably will get away with it but why even take that risk? I honestly don't know what some of these guys are thinking. Yeah, getting an education is a commendable thing to do, etc. but these guys are in exceptional positions. If you have a chance to come out early and get upwards of $30-40M in guaranteed money, you are set for life. They can always earn their degree later if they choose but the opportunity to get drafted high and cash in big may only come once. One thing for certain is that either Carolina or Buffalo will be very disappointed if Luck does choose to stay in school for another year.




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

Luck would be foolish to stay for another year when his stock is at it's absolute highest.
well, it's been said he wants a degree, so he could stay, it would be a mistake, but guys like Bradford has done it and got away with it and honestly, i could see Luck getting away with it too, honestly, who would challenge him for the top pick in 2012?? the only guy i could see that being is Matt Barkley.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2010 4:08 pm
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

Luck would be foolish to stay for another year when his stock is at it's absolute highest. There's nowhere to go but down and all staying will do is cost him millions in guaranteed money. Locker made that exact mistake last year which allowed the flaws in his game to be been glaringly exposed. Locker should still be a first rounder but he's definitely needs more seasoning before he'll be ready to start. Leinart also should have came out a year earlier, as he was clearly a better prospect than Alex Smith. Now Leinart is mired in NFL backup obscurity and may never get another chance to start again. Sam Bradford also made the mistake of staying one year too many and he got injured. But fortunately for him, there wasn't anyone close to challenging him for the top QB spot and he seems primed for success anyway. Luck can only hope to be so lucky if he does stay, but the wise choice would definitely be to enter the draft in '11.




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

i would still draft Jake Locker over guys like Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton. however, if Luck comes out, he's the guy that should go higher, but he could stay in school.



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

Locker had Sark and Willingham as head coaches. Poor kid didn't have a chance.



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Washington wins, but Locker again disappointing

"In four seasons as the Washington Huskies quarterback, Jake Locker has led his team to victory on multiple occasions."

Wow. Impressive that a guy once inaccurately touted as a #1 overall pick, in FOUR SEASONS, has led his team to victory "multiple" (more than once) times!!! That may be enough to excite Ralph Wilson, but most people see through this cleverly worded sentence.

The number of times he didn't lead his team to victory massively outnumbers those he did. The guy is not a winner and the Huskies have been generally awful when he was there. Surely, it's not all his fault, but when you are supposed to be the best QB in the Nation and the team has been irrelevant or terrible every year you were the QB...you have to take some of the blame.

He's the fifth best QB in the PAC-10 right now. The question should not be whether he gets drafted in the first round, but whether he gets drafted at all.



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