When we think about how a pass play in football succeeds http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/dennis-kelly-jersey , the most important aspect is timing. Many factors play into a pass play ending up as near perfect as it can get.The pass must be thrown on time. The quarterback must anticipate an opening on time. The receiver must locate the ball on time, and the receiver must attack the ball on time.In the NFL, if you donr17;t consistently display good timing, your17;re not going to be a quality player. Thatr17;s as simple as it gets, and quarterbacks especially need to have a high level of acumen. (making quick decisions) For as physically and mentally demanding as the other positions of the sport are, the quarterback spot in comparison has a laundry list of tasks that need to be accomplished to look the part of a quarterback.Quarterbacks must recognize defensive alignments pre-snap and post snap. They must recognize if theyr17;re up against man coverage, zone coverage, Cover 1, Cover 3, a blitz, a disguised blitz, a zone blitz, the list goes on. Then, they must recognize the receiver routes, play with poise in the pocket (with or without pressure), throw into open or tight windows, and go through their progressions.Itr17;s a position that is almost impossible to be near flawless at, which is why we commend guys like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees for doing what they do at a consistently high level. These quarterbacks are phenomenal because of how theyr17;re able to process and respond to different situations on time. Oftentimes itr17;s how quickly you throw the ball that gives you the edge over the defense. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is noted for his quick throwing motion. Casual fans tend not to look at how quarterbacks get to the results, instead favoring viewpoints such as touchdowns, interceptions, passer rating, wins, and situational play. But if we look at what gets to the results, we can find how easy or difficult it was to get to said result.A quick throwing motion is just one way to make it that much easier to get a positive pass play to work.Of course, Marcus Mariota isnr17;t the only quarterback with a quick throwing motion. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was famous for his quick release http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/kenny-vaccaro-jersey , and in the 21st century, guys like Peyton Manning, Tony Romo and Philip Rivers have also been noted for their quick releases. Even younger quarterbacks like Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota have these quick throwing motions.Obviously, the longer the distance of the pass, the longer the throwing motion required to make the pass (and vice versa). But guys like Marino, Manning, Romo and Rivers have been the exceptions to this rule. These guys were/are able to ensure their passes get released as soon as possible while also being able to generate enough juice on the pass to travel the necessary distance to hit the receiver. This allows for rocket passes without the pesky windup. In other words, via Football University:So, to illustrate why a quicker throwing motion is an important ability to have, letr17;s take a look at a couple of examples from seasons past where it greatly enhanced the following plays.First up is Tony Romor17;s touchdown throw to tight end Gavin Escobar back in Week 7 of the 2014 season against the New York Giants. I consider this game to the be the finest Romo has ever played (seriously, go watch it!), and this was arguably his best throw of the day.gamepass.nfl.comHere, Escobar (in motion) is running a skinny post route to the end zone, stemming against the defensive back to get inside leverage. Once Romo notices Escobar is leading the race against the defensive back by a hair, thatr17;s when he knows her17;s got his target.What makes an attempt here tricky is Romo also has to fit the ball against the high safety, who is watching Romo all the way. This is where a quicker throwing motion comes in handy. If your17;re releasing this pass at the speed of a player like Tim Tebow, chances are itr17;s going to be picked off. But Romor17;s release is insanely quick, eliminating any chance the high safety has at making a play on the ball. And not only that.....gamepass.nfl.com...but the pass itself is thrown beautifully. Romo places the football into a spot where only Escobar can make a play on it, delivering on time with a rocket fast throwing motion.Using another example, letr17;s look at future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manningr17;s performance in the 2013 AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. While his skill set got weaker as his career went on, Manning was able to play at a high level post surgery because of his intelligence and ability to adjust his skill set.gamepass.nfl.comOn this play, Demaryius Thomas is running a simple post route. Unlike Romor17;s highlighted throw from above, this time the concern for Manning is getting the throw to Thomas on time without the defensive back covering Thomas getting a fingertip on the ball. Now, if Manning releases the ball with a longer windup, itr17;ll result in a late, behind throw that will most likely be intercepted. But because of Manningr17;s acumen, and because his release is fast Womens Derrick Henry Jersey , he manages to fit the ball into a small window perfectly. With two examples shown, letr17;s get to the man of the hour, Marcus Mariota.Mariota has yet to have the resume of Tony Romo or Peyton Manning, but thatr17;s because her17;s played three years in the league. What he does share with both quarterbacks is the laser rocket quick throwing motion.For Mariotar17;s turn, letr17;s look at his Week 15, 2017 performance at San Francisco.gamepass.nfl.comFrom this angle, the highlighted play looks like busted coverage, a fluke touchdown if you will. How could the linebacker let Rishard Matthews get open so easily?
But if we look at this play from a different angle, we can find that therer17;s more to it than the naked eye can initially process.So, to help understand why Matthews was able to get so open, Ir17;ve exercised the liberty of capturing the play shot by shot.gamepass.nfl.comFirst, notice that Mariotar17;s eyes look outside left. drawing linebacker #50r17;s attention as well as linebacker #56. Based on how theyr17;re watching Mariota, the linebackers are expecting Matthews to run a corner route and look to undercut it.Thatr17;s exactly what Mariota wanted them to do. His right foot is dragging, but watch how his left foot is positioned; Itr17;s clear that her17;s baiting the linebackers with his eyes and footwork to catch them off guard.gamepass.nfl.com#56 sits under what he believes to be a corner route, and #50 does the same. At this point, both of Mariotar17;s feet are contorted to the spot he wants to throw the ball. As you may have guessed, where Mariota wants to throw the ball is not the same area the linebackers think Mariota is throwing the ball to.gamepass.nfl.comTaking advantage of the linebackers with his eyes, Mariota throws above and to the right of #50. Her17;s off guard, and #56, expecting easy pickings, is certainly off guard.The result of the play goes in Tennesseer17;s favor for a touchdown. Letr17;s take a look at a GIF of the full play.gamepass.nfl.comAs her17;s about to throw the ball, Mariota has all the momentum on his side; Her17;s already thrown the linebackers off guard with the positioning of his eyes and footwork, now itr17;s up to his timing to finish the play off. With a longer release, #50 has more time to catch up to the pass and break it up or pick it off.But Mariotar17;s lightning quick release destroys any chance #50 has at doing so. He fits this in perfectly to Matthews for a touchdown thatr17;s far more impressive than the broadcast angle would have you believe.These lightning quick releases arenr17;t necessarily crucial for every quarterback. A guy like Cam Newton can fit balls into all sorts of windows because of the insane power he creates with his arm, and as long as he has enough juice his timing is on point. But for a guy like Mariota who doesnr17;t have the arm strength of a guy like Matthew Stafford, this offsets that deficiency and in turn gives Mariota a dangerous tool he can use to further exploit defenses.If your17;re going to train your quarterback to develop his timing, perhaps teaching him to utilize a quicker throwing motion should do the trick.Winners and Losers: Titans 26 Authentic Malcolm Butler Jersey , Eagles 23 The Titans came up with a huge win over the defending champion Eagles on Sunday. Here are the winners and losers (winners) from the game. WinnersCorey DavisCorey Davis had his breakout game at the best possible time. Rishard Matthews quit on the team this week and Davis responded with a 9 catch, 161-yard, 1-touchdown performance that announced his status as a star receiver in the NFL. He had already put together a big game when he hauled in the game winning pass on 3rd and goal at the 10-yard line, but the catch he made to take the win was legendary and it evoked this reaction from my friends at the game.This is Davisr17; team now and for the foreseeable future. He took over this game and continues to develop as a true number one receiver. Thatr17;s something the Titans havenr17;t had in quite some time and it feels pretty surreal to even talk about it now.Harold LandryLandry had been very close to a sack for two straight games, but he finally broke through against the Eagles with a strip sack that resulted in a Titans turnover.Landry beat Lane Johnson here which is impressive in its own right. Johnson is coming off an All-Pro season and is one of the better tackles in the league. Landry beat him like a drum and turned it in to a huge play for the Titans. Her17;s well on his way to becoming one of the most important players on the team.Marcus MariotaMariota went 30 of 43 for 344 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He was outstanding against a good defense despite having less than a full complement of receivers. If Mariota was limited, he sure didnr17;t show it. He was accurate all over the field and should have had even better numbers if it werenr17;t for a couple horrific drops from his receivers.On the biggest drive of the season, Mariota came up with three 4th down conversions before giving Davis a chance to win the game on 3rd and goal. He was fantastic.Dion LewisLewis was playing against one of his former teams and he had a big day through the air, catching 9 passes for 66 yards, including one of the 4th down conversions on the final drive in overtime.Jurrell CaseyCasey somehow didnr17;t end up with a sack during the game, but he was a wrecking ball in the interior of the Titans defense all game. Her17;s playing at an All-Pro level right now.Mike VrabelWhat more is there to say about this guy? The Titans were down 17-3 in the 3rd quarter against the defending champs and they found a way to come back. Even bigger, Vrabel had the guts to go for it on 4th and 2 at the Eagles 32-yard line during the game winning drive, eschewing a 49-yard field goal attempt for a chance to tie the game. That was a huge call and more than just giving them the chance to win this game, it showed an aggressive mentality that can infect a football team. Jayon BrownBrown just keeps getting better and better. Wesley Woodyard went down with an injury early in the game which led to a heavy workload for Brown. He appeared to be making the defensive calls on the field and came up with 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 QB hits in an outstanding performance. LosersMalcolm Butler There shouldnr17;t be many losers in a game like this so I wonr17;t linger here, but Butler was picked on today and gave up entirely too much.Derrick HenryIt was a bad day for Henry. He finished with just 24 yards rushing on 8 carries to go along with a really bad drop on a toss play that nearly resulted in a turnover. He will have better days, but this wasnr17;t one of them.Jonnu SmithOn a day when Mariota completed 30 passes, none of them were to a tight end. Worse, Smith dropped what should have been a 3rd down conversion on the first drive of the game after a beautiful escape in the pocket by Mariota. Get well soon, Delanie.Darius JenningsIf the Titans had not gone on to score on that final drive, we would have been talking about Jenningsr17; drop of a perfect deep Mariota pass as a major r0;what ifr1; moment for the game and the season potentially. However, her17;s off the hook thanks to his teammates. Eagles FansThey turned out in big numbers, but went home sad, just like 13 of the last 15 opponents to enter Nissan Stadium.The Titans are starting to have a real home field advantage. WE WIN!!!