I am not going to insult your intelligence by telling you that there were any definitive answers yesterday to the quarterback competition. That would be like G-Day trolling on steroids.
However, I will tell you that Seth Emerson had one observation from yesterday that indicates where the coaches would like things to go:
When Brice Ramsey sets his feet and releases a pass down the middle of the field, he unleashes by far the best looking ball.
I honestly think the job is Ramsey’s to lose. But I mean that literally. If he can’t give the coaches want they want to see from him over the next month, they’ll go with whomever they perceive to be the most competent game manager of the three.
And when I say “what they want to see”, believe it or not, I think that’s consistent mechanics first and foremost. I suspect they can live with a few turnovers as the price to pay for a quarterback who can challenge secondaries deep. But if Ramsey can’t get a handle on his footwork, he won’t mount enough of a threat to make it worth putting up with the downside of a more aggressive passing game.
Really, this reminds me so much of Aaron Murray’s beginnings… and it took Murray a while to get his mechanics in order. Ramsey’s problem is that, unlike Murray’s first couple of seasons, his coaches have the luxury of a dominant rushing game to fall back on, can afford to look at a safer, less aggressive option at quarterback and not play him through a learning curve.
Sure is gonna make for an interesting August. And maybe even opening game.