INDIANAPOLIS—Gloomy with a chance of there being some coach killers.
That’s how one veteran quarterbacks coach summed up the workouts by the passers Sunday in the RCA Dome. No position draws more scrutiny than the quarterback, and he’s the guy that often times the fate of offensive coordinators, head coaches and general managers are tied to, like it or not.
The coach we talked to after he was done surveying the action sounded like a man who wants no part with any of the Class of 2008. He shared his assessment of the action:
``Awful. This is the worst I have seen. There were a lot of bad football players on that field.
``Matt Ryan didn’t throw today. On film, I like him. I think he’s the best of the bunch. But we haven’t seen him yet. Brian Brohm threw today. I think he was OK. But he didn’t jump out at you like a top-10 pick, or anything close to that. After that, gosh, it was bad.
``Chad Henne is a big, slow release guy. He’s got a big, wide base, kind of a squatter, not fundamentally very strong. There just aren’t many fundamental quarterbacks.
``The kid from Nebraska [Sam Keller] was just awful.
``Joe Flacco, fundamentally he’s pretty good. But I watched him take about a million sacks on tape. He’s a big, tall, long release guy. My whole deal with him is if he took a million sacks in college, what’s going to happen in the NFL? Kind of reminds me of that big kid from Michigan that Arizona had, John Navarre. Same thing. He took too many sacks. He couldn’t move around. Just like that kid from Arizona State that wound up in Oakland, Andrew Walter. He’s going to be out of the league in another year. Do you want him?
``Andre Woodson? He didn’t do anything either. I guess I’ll have to go watch him work out at some point.’’
This coach won’t be holding his breath on the way to that workout either.