Cardale Jones’ QB tutor says his mechanics are under construction

AP

Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones went from a third-stringer to a national championship-winning starter in 2014, but in 2015 he struggled and went back to the bench. So what kind of pro prospect is he?

According to the quarterback tutor George Whitfield, he’s a good one — but one who needs a lot of polish. Whitfield acknowledged on ESPN that Jones hasn’t quite learned all the subtleties of playing the quarterback position.

“There’s been two main areas we’re trying to work with with Cardale,” Whitfield said. “His footwork, for one, has been under construction since he landed in San Diego. Bringing him from the shotgun up under center, just the mechanics of coming out with the center exchange, the first step from under center, three steps, five steps, seven-step drops.”

Whitfield also said Jones needs to go from being a guy with a big arm to being a guy with an accurate arm.

“His throwing, it’s like taking someone with superhero powers and getting him to use them more consistently,” Whitfield said. “He has an incredible arm. We really haven’t changed anything, but it’s more of trying to get him to be more consistent with that great, big arm.”

Whitfield compared Jones to Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. But Palmer was a first overall pick, and Roethlisberger led the Steelers to the playoffs as a rookie. Jones is more of a project, perhaps one with a Roethlisberger/Palmer upside.

27 responses to “Cardale Jones’ QB tutor says his mechanics are under construction

  1. What’s difficult is that if it takes him a few years to develop then he’s gone via free agency before you realize any benefit.

  2. He could have cashed in last year and some team would have reached in the first. Now he’s listed as a 4-5th rounder.

    Wish him the best though and applaud him for acknowledging his limitations and staying put and getting his degree. I think his humility and character may give him a boost and it seems like he’s doing all the right things to improve. Hard not to root for a kid like that.

  3. This guys is gonna be out of the league before he even gets in. Poor mechanics, no degree to fall back on either, questionable work ethic. Total flop.
    His next stop might be IHOP.

  4. “His footwork, for one, has been under construction since he landed in San Diego. Isn’t every other student in school in February. What’s he doing at QB school instead of The Ohio State. Just saying!

  5. That’s the problem with modern college football, especially the big programs. Oklahoma, Alabama, OSU, Oregon, they just don’t prepare guys to play QB. One nice thing about Harbaugh going to Michigan is we should see some good prospects coming out of there.

    I wonder if Tebow would’ve made it if he’d gone to a pro-style program for 4 years.

  6. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says:
    Feb 27, 2016 8:44 AM
    He could have cashed in last year and some team would have reached in the first. Now he’s listed as a 4-5th rounder.

    Wish him the best though and applaud him for acknowledging his limitations and staying put and getting his degree. I think his humility and character may give him a boost and it seems like he’s doing all the right things to improve. Hard not to root for a kid like that.

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    Staying put to get his degree? Rooting for this kid?

    Isn’t this the same guy that said going to class was pointless and “We don’t go to school to play class, we go to play football?”

    I find it hard to believe that he actually got an education while at OSU.
    And the sad part is, Jones is accurate and it happens all over the country.

  7. Jones has excellent mechanics. Go get some tape of Brady and Manning, the last two super bowl winners. Brady and Manning have excellent mechanics too, but they’re not winning super bowls because of their mechanics. They know what the defenses are going to do before the ball is even snapped. They don’t know that because they’re smart, they know that because they work at it. That doesn’t usually happen overnight. Jones might as well save the money he’s paying Whitfield. He just has to put in the time, and study hard, and he’ll be fine.

  8. I think he needs to go somewhere that he’s not counted on to start for a couple years. If he lands behind the right qb and with the right qb coach he could be a big-time steal for somebody.

  9. as a Buckeye fan. he will be driving a truck for a living soon enough. you cant teach how to read a DEF and have a soft touch when needed.
    in the long line of Jamarcus, Weeden , Logan Thomas. big and strong doesn’t = NFL QB

  10. That National Championship game vs. Ducks was all adrenaline. No QB, current or future, should be drafted with just only one (1) solid year of play (re: Jones did not play a full collegiate season as starter in 2015 = 8 TD/5 INT.

    I mean, dude: YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS?
    (“Johnny” Mac[Enroe])

  11. If you’re not a good passer before you come into the NFL it’s too late to become one. Look at Tim Tebow or any erratic gunslinger you can think of. They don’t improve their accuracy. It doesn’t happen. Ever.

  12. I think Cardale Jones is a good fit for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals. The only problem is, how long is Palmer going to last, and is Jones going to be a repeat of Logan Thomas?

  13. I agree with Septic, he is worth a flyer for a team who has a QB now, but will need a new one in three years. Cards, Steelers, Jets, San Diego, KC, Dallas, Eagles, etc.

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