Originally Posted by The Duke
I prefer the throwing motion to be more compact like Aikman had it. The ball stayed closer to the body the whole way through the motion. This is why even the experts recognize and marveled at Aikman because his motion was near perfect and consistent which obviously lead to his accuracy and zip.
However, Troy perfect short to intermediate motion was not the best for long throws which I think the best deep ball throwers had a less compact throwing motion for long throws.
[View Full Quote]Henson's does get way from the body as he winds up like baseball but that still doesn't matter. I say that because you can design a perfect throwing motion but alot of QBs just won't be comfortable with it which makes the perfect throw ineffective for them. 20+ years of throwing motion has been ingrained in them. Also, it is in many cases the unorthodow motion that allows for the exceptional. Elway leaned into his throws and used his shoulders more for great power. Marino a slinger after hardly any backward motion. To each his own if its effective.
The most unusual motion Grand Prize goes to....Bernie Kosar. A very side arm throwing motion QB if there ever was one.
Truth of the matter is that QBs are typically not taught how to throw as a kid through High School, College. When your young the coach looks for a kid that can throw...typically a baseball player. At high school, the coach expects you to already know or he just doesn't know himself (my experience). College they really expect you to already know and don't mess with it. Pro
Pro sounds like the only one that knows and does try to fix flaws. But really, they expect it to already be 90% there too or else.
What every young QB needs is to go to a summer camp where they know what they are talking about. I was watching NFL Total Access and they profiled Steve DeBerg's long career. At the end, they said he had a Quarterback Edge camp I think in Georgia. Now that is where quality mechanics would be taught early enough and by a knowledgeable person. I think the Mannings have a camp too.
Lastly, I think its sad that throughout all levels of all sports that quality technique of mechanics is sorely lacking. This holds most athletes back and ruins their self esteem. Coach do way too much yelling when you screw up than teaching mechanics.
Man, I'm long winded and will keep it shorter in future discussions. Just wanted to get that off my chest.
... I agree with what you are saying in this post. In my years in football the coaches always talked about keeping the ball closer to your body. I didn't get to take part in much of the discussions at QB because I was the kicker, but it was obvious to the guys on the field who had good throwing motions and who didn't.
I think you hit the nail on the head when you say Henson winds up to throw. The criticism I have of a wind up is the time it takes to get rid of the ball, and the exaggerated wind up tends to leave the ball hanging out there for a defender to get to.
In reference to Henson's photo, I think the ball is hanging way too far back. He's young and now's the best chance for some habits to be corrected.