No, this isn’t an item that has been lost in Al Gore’s technological tubes-and-wires pasta since 2010. Two years after the Broncos broke in a quarterback of the future who needed to reverse years of muscle memory by changing his throwing motion, they have another.
Quarterback Brock Osweiler, who arrives via a second-round pick that could have been devoted to a player that could help the Broncos win with Peyton Manning, is working to change the way he gets rid of the ball.
“[T]his is my first practice with this new throwing motion,” Osweiler said, via comments distributed by the team. “I felt very comfortable with it. I felt more consistent with my accuracy — where I was trying to put the ball, for the most part, the ball ended up there. So, I was very happy with it and now I just have to keep building upon that.”
Osweiler explained that he’s “getting my elbow raised up” as he cranks his arm. “A lot of times in college, my elbow would drop below my shoulder, if you will,” Osweiler said. “When you do that, you lose velocity, you lose accuracy [and] you’re less consistent with your throws. We basically made a huge point to bring that elbow up to a more traditional throwing motion and get it above my shoulder.”
That’s fine, and it may work well when the Broncos are practicing and/or Osweiler isn’t otherwise under duress of any kind. But once Osweiler finds himself in a sea of bodies, going through his progressions while trying to find an open receiver and unload the ball before someone unloads on him, that new throwing motion may get thrown out the window — just like is does whenever the team’s former quarterback of the future doesn’t have a chance to remember to ditch instinctive body movements that he is trying so hard to unlearn.