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From the Perch: Savannah State (Part one)

From the Perch: Savannah State (Part one)

Roman Marciante
In this next two part edition of From the Perch, we will take a look at the quarterbacks. Four signal callers had snaps vs. Savannah State and now it's InSight's time to come out throwing from the gun. The first step is to accentuate the play of the first two quarterbacks on the depth chart. Malik Rosier and N'kosi Perry are front and center so at attention troops we have a lot of breakdowns to get through.

Malik Rosier had a good statistical performance vs the Tigers. Albeit a week late vs the Savannah State variety, Rosier was 8-12, 131 yards and had two passing touchdowns. A highlight was a brilliantly thrown ball to Jeff Thomas. This is one area from last year where I think Richt has updated and adapted the offense to fit his personnel better. An intermediate to deep breaking over route which gives Thomas plenty of time to separate from his defenders.

This is a pitchfork concept from the 12 set which had three levels of receivers to choose from. Of note: 12 set featured both freshmen tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory in line here. Rosier works up in the pocket, controls his front stride and is tall after delivering the football. Beautiful strike to Thomas who I consider to be "high school open."


This next concept is a staple of a Mark Richt offense. A shallow cross series which is accentuated by a Z curl and a HB swing to the field side. To me this is another example of Rosier being a little to predetermined where to go with the football. Yes. It is a completion to Mike Harley, however the Z curl appears to be the better option. A few yards were left on the table when Brian Hightower comes out of his cut. You can make the argument that the quarterback drop, Slot cross and Z curl were not in perfect rhythm matrimony with one another but with anticipation this is completed.


The next quarterback who checked into the game was the heralded N'kosi Perry. Perry showed both the good and the bad en route to a three touchdown one interception debut. Perry finished 9-14 for 93 yards through the air. All three of Perry's touchdowns were red zone strikes. I felt he really protected the ball well during those red zone stretches. That is critical for Red Zone efficiency and the overall well fare of the team.

I was particularly impressed on his third touchdown when he completed a whip route (double move) to Jordan. The ball was delivered low where only his tight end could make a play on the ball. Delivering the ball low within the red zone is great practice because it has less of a propensity to be tipped in the air. Another area where Perry particularly impresses is with his arm strength.

On this concept it is 11 set personnel accentuated with Travis Homer in the backfield and Brevin Jordan in at H back. This will be a play action pass that will be completed to Lawrence Cager on the deep comeback. (Perry leads the receiver back and to the sideline) This is an opposite field throw that was delivered with authority. Yes. The ball is drifting low and away which is typically seen with over rotating, but it is away from the defender. This is a "man's throw." Opposite wide field hash with pepper. This is also in very good rhythm within the context of the play.


Some mechanical inconsistencies did show up from time to time looking at these clips and here is an example of it. Perry is trying to hit Thomas in the slot on a deep dig route. Note that Perry's front stride is taking him in the direction away from his intended target. His front foot takes him left of the hash as he is trying to deliver the ball right of the hash. Perry's arm is not in an ideal slot as a result and this ball was way off the mark. The pocket was relatively clean and I don't believe this was a time to come off platform. Line up. Square up and deliver.


Perry did have one interception and we will try to break it down here. In the post game presser coach Richt said he took responsibility for the interception but I am failing to see any rationale how the head coach is responsible here. Unless he instructed Perry to stare down his receiver and throw into heavy coverage, this is simply not a ball we should be forcing.


In closing, the head coach has since announced that Rosier will start vs Toledo on the road this week. Rosier will be on a very short leash in my opinion and Perry has shown enough that he can do an equal or better job than Rosier. That is not an indictment on Perry but based on his performance on Saturday I simply cannot say he is a surefire entity. What matters is that the coaches seem to echo that sentiment because Perry still has not overthrown the incumbent to become the permanent starter yet.

Emphasize the yet. Now a stern and pointed indictment will be placed on Rosier. Although he possess the experience, Rosier does not separate away from the pack like you would expect a 5th year senior to do so. Neither quarterback was head and shoulders above the other on Saturday. That is actually a greater indictment on Rosier if you think about it. You can accuse me that my grading curve is stiffer on the senior but it should be. It has to be.

Rosier was greeted with a cacophony of boos in warm ups and it heightened to a crescendo of hysteria when his first throw of the game went errant on third down. (His mechanics were the reason why) The relentless pressure from fans and defenses a like coupled with the fact that after two games no noticeable improvement in his game have been noted, is foreboding. Enough is enough.

If they are both in the same weight class then go with the one who gives you the greater puncher's chance. No. Not the guy with the head guard of experience who shells up and clinches to inaccuracy in big games. Go with the guy who can potentially emerge victorious and uppercut those moments. Perry has the better arm. Perry is more elusive. Perry energizes the fan base more. Most importantly, Perry might energize his own team more. Mark Richt you made N'kosi Perry number one on your board for a reason. Let the damn kid punch.
 

Comments (25)

Stop with the 5th year Senior should be better than the backups rhetoric. Just because a guy is older doesn’t mean that he should be better. Shirreffs was older too, and he’s awful and will always be awful.

The guys with significantly greater skill sets SHOULD BE better than the guys with significantly inferior skills. It’s up to our veteran and storied QB Coach Jon Rick to get the better QBs playing better than the inferior Senior QB.
 
It's OK that the 3 star fifth year senior qb who absolutely no P5 program wanted is not as good as the 4 star qb that programs all over the country wanted. That makes sense. Not starting the better qb doesn't.
 
Stop with the 5th year Senior should be better than the backups rhetoric. Just because a guy is older doesn’t mean that he should be better. Shirreffs was older too, and he’s awful and will always be awful.

The guys with significantly greater skill sets SHOULD BE better than the guys with significantly inferior skills. It’s up to our veteran and storied QB Coach Jon Rick to get the better QBs playing better than the inferior Senior QB.

I actually indict him more for being a 5th year senior and by the end of the article I call on Perry to be the starter. Does that count?
 
@Roman Marciante What are some things you would do to help Nkosi in reading progressions and developing as a QB. It seems Nkosi has all of the physical skills he just needs some coaching.

Start mechanically. Need him to shore up some things. He had good mechanical moments. Some bad. Reason I start there is because you can be the best field reader in the world and if your body short changes you, it's all for not.

As far as reading defenses, just study study study. Be a film junkie. In back to back weeks our quarterbacks aren't seeing the cues for blitz like I would hope they would. Things like a cb aligning inside while a safety is flat over top. (Miami did much better on blitz pickups this week however) And just being so good at seeing the little things. Because when you see enough little things, they paint the big picture.
 
Stop with the 5th year Senior should be better than the backups rhetoric. Just because a guy is older doesn’t mean that he should be better. Shirreffs was older too, and he’s awful and will always be awful.

The guys with significantly greater skill sets SHOULD BE better than the guys with significantly inferior skills. It’s up to our veteran and storied QB Coach Jon Rick to get the better QBs playing better than the inferior Senior QB.

It is up to JR but he has not shown the ability to coach these guys up. The simple fact that 2 guys Perry and Weldon, both of whom have skillsets that are much superior to Rosie's have not clearly passed up Rosie after a year plus in an offensive system that isnt exactly complex. We need a legit QB coach to get the most out of these young QBs.
 
Perry can be as good as his work effort gets him.

There is no reason he shouldn’t be blowing Rosier out of the water at this point other than lack of effort, and the mental aspect. Hopefully he understands that he needs to be better in this area, and very soon, because he needs to be the starter.

But like I said in the off-season, it’s up to him.
 
If one of the freshman isn't starting by UNC, I'm gunna be pissed, and we'll be in for an infuriating season.
 
Perry can be as good as his work effort gets him.

There is no reason he shouldn’t be blowing Rosier out of the water at this point other than lack of effort, and the mental aspect. Hopefully he understands that he needs to be better in this area, and very soon, because he needs to be the starter.

But like I said in the off-season, it’s up to him.

And his coach. One guy not taking the job might be on immaturity. Three guys not developing is a trend.
 
In reference to CMR taking the blame for Perry's int, CMR stated that he informed Perry that a certain route would or should be open with the coverage the defense was in. Perry was predetermined to make that throw per CMR; however, Perry is responsible for seeing the coverage and checking to another route or taking off.

Perry should join to the hip of CMR in regards to studying film and ask as many questions as needed. He's not dumb as some may presume. I know it's hard for a young college guy to resist the temptations of outside entertainment but he's playing qb and there are requirements on and off the field that he must meet to be successful on the field. He can do this.

I would like for Perry to get some outside work in with someone known to address the mechanical aspects of the position. His physical gifts with a good polishing will go a long way in his development as he matures. His other talents will speak for themselves as he gains game experience and timing with the receivers.
 
great post, and it really highlights what those who have seen our all-22(game tape) say - even on his completions, Rosier is not making the correct decision and he leaves a lot of yards out there

Also, his accuracy is so poor(again, even on completed passes) that he really stifles the ability for receivers to get YAC
 
Perry needs to be worked in a lot until he wins the job or we move on to Cade.
 
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