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Gus Frerotte, Trent Green, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers.
What do all four of these former or current NFL quarterbacks have in common?
Yes, they have all been selected to a Pro Bowl in their NFL careers, but that isn't what I was going for with this one.
How about that all four of these quarterbacks have been coached and tutored by offensive genius Cam Cameron?
After spending the past five years as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, it was time for Cameron to move on, and that's what landed him in Baton Rouge, reuniting with his good friend and former coaching mate, Les Miles.
Now it is time to think about adding LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger to that list of great quarterbacks.
Mettenberger had an up-and-down junior season, passing for 2,609 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In order for him to take that next step, Mettenberger is going to have to improve on his 58.8 completion percentage as well as cut down on the turnovers.
Cam Cameron is just the man to make that happen.
When Cameron was in San Diego, no one believed that Philip Rivers was going to be a future Pro Bowl quarterback. But Cameron worked with him and helped develop his skills, and now Rivers is one of the top quarterbacks in the game today.
In Baltimore, the same can be said for Joe Flacco. The Ravens' signal-caller wasn't a highly touted player coming out of high school, and he ended up at Delaware, a 1AA school. The Ravens took a chance on him because they saw potential. Once Cameron arrived in Baltimore back in 2008, you began to see Flacco develop into an elite quarterback. Now, like Rivers, he has developed into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Cameron will only have one year to work with Mettenberger, so this will have to be a somewhat accelerated process. But like they say about award-winning movie directors, this is a guy who can turn anything he gets his hands on into pure gold.
Cameron will work with Mettenberger to make sure he is making better decisions on the field. Too many times last season, Mettenberger would fold under pressure and either make an errant pass or attempt to scramble and cough up the football in the process.
That simply won't happen on Cam Cameron's watch. Take a look at Rivers and Flacco and how much better they got in the pocket once they got some teaching from Cam Cameron.
Let's also not forget who Cameron's quarterback was during his college head coaching days at Indiana. Yes, arguably the most elusive college quarterback to ever play the game, Antwaan Randle El.
With the ability to move around in the pocket, make smarter decisions with the football and air it out more in what should be an explosive offense, Mettenberger could move his name right in the mix of college football's top quarterbacks.
LSU fans can see just by watching Mettenberger this past season that the talent is certainly there. If this kid can get some good coaching and improve on his decision making, then he has everything needed to be an elite college quarterback and a future NFL first-round draft pick.
Only time will tell if this comes true, but with Cam Cameron at his side, you certainly have to like his chances.
Gus Frerotte , Trent Green, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers . What do all four of these former or current NFL quarterbacks have in common? Yes, they have all been selected to ...
This post was edited by WhoDatSaintsLSU 16 months ago
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That's some good stuff.....I think 1st round pick after what will amount to only 9-10 months is pretty ambitious. Not saying it isn't possible but there would have to be considerable strides made in several key areas in my opinion.
Mett's release needs to get about 10 times faster if he wants to be drafted in the first three rounds.
I think that's one thing and he has to get quicker with his decisions and better on the deep ball.
1st round pick is very optimistic at this point for Mett, BUT LSU doesn't need anything near a 1st round pick at QB to win it all. If Mett can get a little more consistent and Cam's play design and calling in games are not as easily telegraphed as the last few years have been, Mett will look world's better to everyone without him even changing at all. The final piece of the puzzle will be good play execution by every offensive player, certainly not just the QB, although he will continue to get too much credit and too much blame when things don't go right.
Cam needs to make Mett a film room junky. Mett needs to put in the effort and part of that is film study.
I've heard that Mett likes the night life. If true then he needs to give that up for a year. Stay outta the bars one year and reap the benefits of a promising NFL career.
In practice film that I've seen this year when working qb's in groups, he is usually one of the last ones to release the ball. Seems part is decision making and part release.
Jennings is the complete opposite. That kid is going to be good!
Regards to All,
So if Cam watches film with Mett of his release and then film of someone with a quick release then a picture is worth a thousand words. Dissect every game last year and frame by frame on Metts throwing downs.
I know that I am preaching to the choir here. Where is our own 24-7 QB coach? How about it Stlcajun55? Please chime in.
I think Metts biggest problem is above his shoulders. The scheme and plan isn't second nature to him and it takes him to long to process the information and pull the trigger.
I'm out of town right now but I'll give it a look this week. Happy to say that, after a year on the dark side (defense) I am back to what I know and love best, QB Coach & Pass Game Coordinator!
I'll be sure to post some thoughts on Mett's release in the hear future.
Vianney High School,
Pass Game Coordinator,
Varsity QB & RB Coach,
Saint Louis, MO.
Thanks coach. I know that I speak for a lot of members here when I say that your knowledge and willingness to share with us is invaluable. You were spot on with Rettig and even more so with Jennings. Your dissection of Metts throws and your opinion of how to fx it would be great.
I just don't see Mett being turned into 1st round material. Slow release, poor downfield accuracy, lousy decisions, little grasp of the playbook, too much night life & not enough time in the film room. There is too much for any coach to fix completely in one off-season. 3rd - 5th round much more likely, which isn't bad given how erratic he's been so far. LSU doesn't need a great quarterback anyway. We just need him to improve a bit in all those areas, make much better decisions & run the play he's given.
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