Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room episode examines the accuracy of Falk, a prominent QB prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft.
A principal violinist for a nationally recognized symphony visits a middle school orchestra rehearsal to conduct a clinic. She has the violins perform a part in unison. Then she asks each aspiring musician to play the part alone.
The concertmaster has each young performer play the part three times. After the rehearsal, a father of one of the young violinists asks the visiting clinician how his son is doing. The concertmaster says, “He’s a talented young musician, who is expressive and has a true aptitude for music. He could have had a shot at my job one day if his technique wasn’t already ruined.”
“How can it be ruined?” replies the father, shocked at the concertmaster’s response. “He’s only been playing for five years, it’s taken you at least 20 years to reach the pinnacle of your career.”
“I’m sorry I have to tell you this and I know that sounds harsh, but it’s true,” says the concertmaster. “The technical flaws that your son have already acquired are deeply embedded into his playing after five years. He could still become a professional, even a performer in certain settings, but the embedded flaws of his technique won’t stand up to the rigors of a top symphony.”
Later that afternoon, a saxophonist visits the middle school jazz combo’s rehearsal as a guest clinician. A respected professional with a resume that includes performances with top recording artists, the saxophonist spends about an hour with the saxophone section after his clinic. He works with them on changing their embouchure (the position of their mouth around the mouthpiece of the horn) to help them achieve an open sound that differs from traditional classical saxophone technique that makes the horn sound closed and “reedy”.
A decade later, one of these students—who was the same age and playing the same amount of time as his violinist classmate whose technique was “ruined”—becomes a Grammy award-winning professional saxophonist. In a national publication, he credits that visiting clinician for helping him correct his technique and opening his sound.
Technique can be both the most overrated and underrated points of analysis in any endeavor. The ability to correct a technical concern can be simple or unchangeable. It depends on the difficulty of the technique, how embedded the current method is, the work involved to change the issue, and the willingness and intelligence of the individual doing the work. quarterback analysis.
It’s one of the many reasons why quarterback evaluation is so difficult. There can be too much or too little criticism of correctable or uncorrectable technical flaws in a player’s game. There can also be issues that players overcome—sometimes problems that a teacher would think would ruin most passers, but they have other talents that overcome the issue.
Luke Falk has a flaw in his game that is common and correctable, but it will require a consistent level of work to overcome it. If he doesn’t, his accuracy will never reach the level of a long-term professional starter.
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