Finish the read.

Mark Richt, I think we’ll all agree, is a pretty good quarterbacks coach.  And it’s nice to wade through the hot seat, schedule talk and whatever annual noise there is about him to find some good Xs and Os stuff from him.  Here’s something from Chris Brown, in an excellent piece about the learning curve at the position:

… As defenses have become increasingly sophisticated, quarterbacks now need more options than simple key-defender reads provide. The answer was the progression read, which forces a quarterback to look at one receiver after another until he gets to the first open man. The progression read removes the need to look directly at defenders, but it doesn’t mean a quarterback should be looking directly at receivers, either.

“I don’t tell our guys to look at a defender,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said at a coaching clinic. “If our quarterback is looking at a defender, then his vision is too tight. Let’s say he looks at the Will [weakside] linebacker and the Will linebacker flies out to the flat. If he flies out to the flat, I better hit the slant, right? Well, what if the Mike [middle linebacker] runs that way and picks your slant? It’s because you told him to look at the Will.”

The quarterback isn’t looking for defenders. He’s looking for passing lanes — open windows through which he can throw the ball. “I tell them to look to the area,” said Richt. “You look to the slant area, to the curl area. If there’s nothing between you and him, throw it in there. If there’s someone in the throwing lane, then go to the next read.”

Sure, it’s just one part of the package, but it’s what he and Bobo have had Aaron Murray drilled on for four seasons.

Watch this clip at the 1:32 mark and then the replay and you can see Murray scan the field as the play develops before throwing to Marlon Brown.


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13 responses to “Finish the read.

  1. Hobnail_Boot

    It’s easy to overlook how well Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett were playing last year before their respective season-ending injuries.

    Oh, what could have been.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    The idea of looking at an area is counter-intuitive to players who have been looking at moving bodies since pee wee football. Pretty sophisticated stuff. Bet it takes mind numbing repetitions to get in the habit.


  3. Governor Milledge

    Very fast AM reads in the video clip… even the few plays that were >15 yards downfield, I don’t think AM took more than 3 seconds to read the play, unless he was rolling out of the pocket.


  4. DrW

    I forgot how we were down in that game for pretty much 3 full quarters. That is one of the things that we have with Murray that not many other teams have…we ALWAYS have the ability to come back. We may get down early to Clemson, but we will be able to come back and win that game because we have AM11 as our QB.


  5. Mike Cooley

    I had forgotten how well Marlon played that night. Nice block by Gurley on that td in the corner too.


  6. AthensHomerDawg

    My uT neighbor use to like to smile and gloat about stealing Duh’Rick outta of our backyard and only giving up Marlon Brown to the Dawgs from Tennessee. He is not smiling now. 😉


  7. AmericusDawg

    I agree with Hogbody … this is some sophisticated stuff that I don’t claim to totally understand. But I think this is another advantage we have in Richt being our coach. He’s been a QB at a major CFB school while playing backup to a HOFer, Coached QBs and the offense at FSU where they produced some MNCs and Heismans, and has coached some Damn Good Dogs at UGA. I think he continues to impart his knowledge to Bobo while letting Bobo develop into his own persona. I’d love to win in Pasadena this year but I’d settle for him coaching for us until he decides he no longer has the drive to do so.


  8. 69Dawg

    Speaking of Marlon he looked great with Baltimore the other night. Flacko was throwing to him like he was AJ.