Re: "...potential..."

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Posted by ScooterDevil on December 11, 19 at 13:12:10:

In Reply to: Re: "...potential..." posted by LocoDiablo on December 11, 19 at 12:02:10:

TBH I did not follow Slovis that much. But looking at the stats and the fact that he did not spend fall camp as the starter his season results looked quite a bit more impressive than JD's. The problem with JD's evaluation from Sun Devil fans is they never hold him accountable for anything. Everything he does well is all his doing, and everything he doesn't do well is because of the OL or Likens.

The bottom line is this. . . we were historically bad offensively in 3 of his 11 starts (Sacramento State, Michigan State, and Utah). He was really good and a catalyst for us winning in 2 games (Washington State and Oregon). He was really good in a losing effort in 2 games (Colorado and Oregon State). He was mediocre throwing for less than 200 yards in 2 games (174 against Cal and 104 against Uarizona). And he had good stats against UCLA and Kent State but that was an inferior opponent and after the game was decided.

I just don't understand the love affair with him. I am excited for the future as he had a good end to his season. But there are several areas of concern in my opinion and the fans conveniently ignore these.

1. He threw very few intermediate passes (15-25 yards). Most of his throws were either within 5 yards of the LOS or bombs down the field. His confidence to try and fit the ball into tight windows while limiting interceptions also limited our offense.

2. While I love his composure under pressure he showed a lack of tenacity that most really good QB's have. I saw him laughing on the sidelines and pointing up to his family in the stands after a TD as we were getting blown out by UCLA. And while I get he is young, you don't have to be old to hate losing. And most great players hate losing. Jayden does not appear to hate losing.

3. While I understand he is currently pretty frail and was probably coached to avoid big hits, he left a lot of yards on the field by sliding well before potential contact. Again this worries me about his tenacity and desire to do whatever it takes to win. Most great players need to be protected from themselves. Not JD. And I do know this is also a positive in avoiding injury.

All I am saying is that he has faults as well as positives. Yet from the fan base you would think he should be on the Heisman watch list next year. So let's temper the enthusiasm and be realistic about him.

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