e16bball Posted December 28, 2022 Share Posted December 28, 2022 34 minutes ago, lavar703 said: You can't possibly believe a guy who's been slow with his decision making in the pocket since his NDSU days suddenly changed because he sat for 10 weeks? I think we all recognize that something sorta changed with him during that COVID season where he was so terrible. But you said “since his NDSU days,” so it might be important to point out that Heinicke’s career sack percentage is higher than Wentz’s. And even last year, Wentz’s sack percentage was 5.8%, which is substantially lower than anything Heinicke has ever produced with us. I really do think that that time to sit will help speed up the process for him. When he was playing, I often compared Wentz to Russell Wilson, who was also just painfully slow in getting to where he needed to go (mentally). It seems like it’s just not as easy as we’d imagine to absorb these systems and then go out and execute them like second nature against a bunch of guys who are trying to kill you. As I’ve said for over a decade about rookies (including both RGIII and Haskins), there’s a huge benefit to allowing a guy to sit and watch — they can learn from the real life situations and looks without having to cut corners to try to win the next game. They’re going to run the ball an absolute ton against CLE no matter who the QB is, so hopefully it will more closely resemble the Indianapolis attack from last season. We seem to forget (largely due to the fact that they booted him) that this is a guy who threw 27 TDs to 7 INTs last season, with a QBR that ranked 9th in the league. Protect him with a strong ground attack — which we did not, when he was starting before — and he can be pretty solid. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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