Originally Posted by Real Men Wear Green
I'm not saying he won't succeed, I've seen almost no footage of him to be holding a firm opinion. Just a general question: Is there anything more important for a QB than accuracy?
For me, the most important trait for a QB in today's NFL is what's between his ears and that's something which is hard to gauge.
I saw a classic example of it with my Browns last year. Reports were that, when Brian Hoyer stepped under center, the entire playbook was in play. When he got hurt, the playbook was literally cut in half with Weeden and Campbell. And, it showed.
A lot of times, people that follow bad teams might say, "Our coaches suck... the offense is so predictable."
Well, that may be due to the mental limitations of your QB. I know that was our issue in the second half of the season.
I hear you on the accuracy issue, though, but think about this... you can be the most accurate thrower in the world, but if you loop the ball getting there, the timing is going to be off. You need a combination of accuracy and arm strength to be truly "accurate" in today's NFL.
No, you don't HAVE to be able to throw the ball 80 yards, but you do have to be able to zip it to WRs on out-routes or get it down the middle of the field before a safety has time to react.
Bortles has that kind of arm strength, so he's halfway there. There's no doubt his accuracy on intermediate routes needs work, though, and he won't be a good NFL QB without it.