A funny thing about mechanics and quarterbacking, they don’t always matter. That sounds impossible and incomprehensible. Are mechanics important? Sure. However athletic anomalies who have dominated this sport sometimes look far from the part. Tim Tebow accomplished great feats while having two left feet at the position. His elongated windup was more reminiscent of an 80’s pitcher than a pristine Joe Montana.
Again, Jacurri Brown might not be perfect mechanically but he’s closer to fix than fault. Recently on episode 34 of the Orange Bowl Boys former quarterback Malik Rosier was on and we asked him specifically about Brown. Rosier works with quarterbacks from time to time including Brown and Miami’s starter Van Dyke. In terms of the freshman he was quick to bring up how extremely athletic he was and called him a freak. The good kind.
In Rosier’s opinion, Brown has some real easy correctable mechanic faults to work on. (Freshmen quarterbacks typically do) Ultimately the bigger focus would come down to really gravitating to and assimilating the offense. When coach Gattis calls a play, you have to know why that play is being called. You have to know who you are attacking on the field. Quarterbacks need to know coverages. Rosier brought up excellent points.
I don’t think us casual fans realize how incredibly hard it is to work on your mechanics while trying to assimilate a complex new offense. It is a war between an intrinsic front, what is my body doing and an extrinsic bombardment. Learning the offense while the defense is attacking you incessantly in practice is a clash that can seem endless. Until the mechanics become second nature and rehearsed, the end result of facing a defense will be divided by mixed results.
Quarterback Jacurri Brown letting one rip early in camp
Calling for a position change this early into the young man’s career is incompressible and premature. The final destination is yet to be seen. Brown’s progress and development stand a chance because he has time. The best coaching staff post the Jimmy Johnson era will train him daily and Jimmy didn’t have the luxury of the modern day amenities and this staff size. Van Dyke will start this year. Garcia will be the backup. The raw can refine.
No one in Miami’s quarterback room has the athleticism that Jacurri Brown has. That should be the driving force to quell any opinion of a quick position change. His upside is incredibly immense. You marry what Brown naturally does athletically with a subtle refine mechanically and he is a firework ready to explode triumphantly. Regardless of the final destination, put your seatbelt on, let the staff go to work and let the young man develop and learn. The kid is a quarterback. Full stop.