Originally Posted by The Duke
As a former college quarterback, I need to tell some of ya'll to back away from the keyboard on this topic. It cracked me up reading how Henson's mechanics would hurt your wrist and damage the rotator cuff. Have you ever thrown a football in your life? Unless you have a PhD on physiology than to make such a statement is ridiculous. What was that pitching coach's name the Rangers use to have...Tom House maybe. I think he wrote books on this stuff for pitching and he use to have the pitchers warm or work out with a football. He's the only type that should mention possible damage to the rotator cuff and other body parts. Hilarious.
[View Full Quote]BTW Henson and Romo's throwing style is perfectly fine. The ball naturally points backwards initially when the QB rotates his throwing shoulder back before coming forward. How come the poster that wrote that Henson was so horrible and consult with Marino doesn't apologize after looking at Marino's pic, Brady, McNabb etc...with the ball pointing back also?
Romo leaning over is no big deal either. He's just putting a little more on it. Elway was the biggest "lean over as he is throwing" motion Qb there was.
All Henson needs to do is raise the throw ever so slightly to a 3/4 which is maybe 3-4 inches. As a QB, NO Big deal. He already has accuracy, zip, and perfect spirals (Spirals will show you clearly that something is seriously wrong or not).
This is why (SPIRALS) when the first throw Quincy Carter made as a Cowboy was 3 yards above and 3 yards behind and a DUCK to a slant route. I knew right there that he needed a major overhaul in mechanics...WHICH BTW they never fully corrected. He was still ducking it the last game he played with the Jets...albeit greatly improved. AND I will tell you a major reason why....
Look at the left arm (nonthrowing arm). Quincy would inconsistently have it midway away from the chest and the other half have it by his hip. No wonder he had spiral and accuracy problems, not to mention lack of real zip. Now look at the pictures already posted of Henson, Romo, Bledsoe, Marino, Brady, Aikman and look at the left arm...by the chest.
Tedford, the Cal coach, who is considered a QB guru, would tape the left wrist to the players left shoulder/bicep area up high until the mechanic was right.
6 things to look for:
1. turning the wrist over to throw (if it spirals your probably fine)...top of hand after the throw is up or slightly turned over more.
2. 3/4 throw
3. Left arm tucked
4. Don't overstride
5. Throw off the front foot not back.
6. Square up to throw (left shoulder points to target)
Also, one picture of Quincy does not mean I am wrong. As a QB that's what I watched on every Cowboy play he was in and it drove me crazy.
...just for fun I decided to phone up some of the guys who are coaching university ball here to have them take a look at this picture.
First comment from the head coach, who is a Cowboys fan by the way is that he feels Henson is trying to overpower the ball.
He agrees that Henson's trailing shoulder is too high and looks strained in the photo. He did say that ball pointed backwards isn't a problem, but where Henson has it seems abit far back.
His general rule for looking at throwing motions. The less wind up, the more efficient the motion is. On downfield throws the forward sholder is higher than the trailing one. On throws 15 - 30 yards professional should be able to throw with level shoulders.
Having a higher back shoulder than front, ala the Henson photo may be a problem.
His final critique is that the motion should be more compact.