Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Mechanics the Key to New Brink?


I have to hand it to Cougfan - they've got an excellent analysis of Alex Brink's changes this year. It's not so much the weight or the more vocal leadership, but it's the mechanics of it all that show how much he's potentially changed for this year compared to the past.

Funny, Lawson and I have been talking about his mechanics since he was a sophomore. That they are, in a word, LOUSY. There are pics of him dropping down, way, way down, and that's got to count for something. I once heard Hugh Millen on KJR mention in passing that Brink has some of the most inconsistent mechanics around, where one play he looks like Aaron Rodgers, just perfect, and another play he's Michael Vick, just all over the place, like a pitcher who's lost control of the strike zone.

Look how low he is in that picture. Look at his arm angle. He's going to be at three-quarters, at best, from that picture. No where near coming over the top. It's a whole different contrast to what he's looking like this summer.

Then again, the evidence we're seeing is simply a guy running around in shorts with no shirt with zero pressure and no pads. Maybe he's always been fundamentally sound in situations like that, but come game time he reverts to bad habits? Sort of like crushing the ball long and straight off the tee, but get to the first hole and you slice it 100 yards out of bounds!?!? We'll see, the WSU nation is watching!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Picked 8th by the media..

No surpise there...

Will give you a call soon (really) to discuss season preview stuff....

US Hoops lose last night..couldn't find how Low and Weaver did...

will respond to Brink's mechanics later...

Sedihawk said...

Our depth took a hit today, losing Roof and Stripling. Roof got in trouble last year so the young man must have some issues. Too bad, that's going to hurt the interior of the line. Stripling, I think, was going to struggle to beat out Mattingly anyway, but we'll see. Depth is so precious for us, and to lose anyone hurts. Hopefully some of the new blood shows up ready to go, because you never know how close they are to getting the call.

Anonymous said...

I think Brink will be a stud this year. He always played small. Now, with the better mechanics, he should be a stud (especially with really talented recievers). The offensive line and running games are better than they get credit for. Remember, Dwight Tardy was just a freshman last year. Woolridge could get his grades up and hopefully will return from JC at some point. All in all, the offense is looking really good so expect a lot of points this year.

Sedihawk said...

I hope you are right. I just hope we can keep him up-right this year. Losing Roof might have a pretty big impact across the line, especially if Rowlands has to slide to right guard. Depth is NEVER our friend!

Anonymous said...

you mean we didn't have "really talented recievers" last year?...

and this year we're better?.....

oh brother.....

Anonymous said...

Wait just a minute. We're talking about Brink's new mechanics here. I'm saying that with his improved mechanics, Alex will be able to get the ball to his recievers better. I do believe, though, that this year's recievers are better than last years. Brandon Gibson broke out last year as just a sophomore. Michael Bumpus played well last year and has been with Alex for 4 years now. Charles Dillon was one of our top signings from 2 years ago and is a Senior now. Last year we counted on Jason Hill too much going into the season. He was double and triple covered all last year and got injured. This year we have more experienced recievers and better depth (plus some young players who could shine). All real Cougar fans should remain optimistic.

Sedihawk said...

I have to agree with "anonymous" who posted at 6:24, at least to a certain extent. It's easy to be overly critical of Brink, but even with some physical shortcomings/lousy mechanics/whatever, he's still done a decent job, including 2nd team all-conference last year. That means he was better than 8 other starters in the conference, so he's got to be doing something right. I have ripped him, as many have, over his failure in the biggest games, but as I sit here right now, I'm willing to give the kid a fair shake.

What the heck, it's his senior year, he's matured physically and there's never been much doubt about his smarts on the field. Maybe some extra lb's and more zip on the ball with better mechanics and improved accuracy will lift him to levels we can't imagine right now? It's happened before, where guys come out of nowhere to post huge numbers. Look at Ryan Leaf's first few years and then look at how he blew up his junior year. Rosie was a disaster his sophomore year, then got Heisman votes his junior year. I'm not saying that Brink will explode, but I think it's at least possible.

I don't know if I'm as optimistic about the WR's however. The offense sans Hill wasn't pretty at the end of last year. But Gibson sure looks like he'll be a breakout star this year, and if Bumpus stays healthy, that's as good a 1-2 punch as you'll find. I don't know about Dillon though, reports are solid on him but he didn't do a whole lot last year (but he really didn't get a chance as the #4 WR anyway). It's just that Hill was the best playmaker we've had, maybe in school history, but at least we look stocked. We'll see! I know my excitement is rising after seeing those season tickets on my doorstep last night.