Jake Locker's 4 of 20 passing for 71 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown against Nebraska last Saturday continues to be the headlining topic of every interview I've done this week, including the video I did as part of CBSSports.com's NFL coverage earlier today.
As you've probably heard or read me explain before, Locker possesses a mind-boggling combination of size, athleticism and arm strength, but he has not yet been able to master the intricacies of the quarterback position. He remains very much a work in progress in terms of reading defenses and throwing a consistently accurate ball despite the fact that he's a fifth year senior. He made such gains in his first year under Steve Sarkisian that many, including myself, anticipated that he'd make similar gains in his second season in Sarkisian's pro-style offense.
That, however, hasn't (yet) happened as I noted following Locker's first game against BYU, second against Syracuse and, of course, following the historically poor performance against the Cornhuskers.
While I trust my own analysis, I do appreciate the views of others. And in this case, I think you will too.
Ian Furness, host of the afternoon show (1-3 pm PCT) show on KJR AM Seattle and his guest, former University of Washington and eight-year NFL quarterback Hugh Millen, broke down Locker's performance against Nebraska pass by pass with Millen assigning grades for every throw and decision.
Ian brings up excellent points of his own and Millen, quite frankly, is as good at scouting and articulating what he's seen with quarterbacks as any NFL general manager or scouting director I've ever spoken with.
Millen is quick to note that Locker's performance was "poor" but he also explains that the Huskies' receivers struggled to gain any separation against Nebraska's talented secondary (which I predicted here), meaning that Washington's loss should certainly not be pinned on Locker.
Rather than take my word for it, I suggest you take a listen. I warn you, however, Furness and Millen do a great job of breaking this down. Their segment is appropriately called "Hardcore Football." Whether you listen to only a few minutes of it or the full 30 minutes, I assure you that you'll be impressed with the depth of the analysis. The final eight minutes, however, Ian and Hugh shift their analysis to Matt Hasselbeck's performance in the Seahawks' loss to the Broncos.
The first 22 minutes, however, are all Locker. Millen's real breakdown pass by pass begins at approximately the 4:20 mark.
Again, this audio isn't for light-hearted football fans.
Click here to listen.
p.s. Thanks to Ian and producer, Josh Sabrowsky, for the link.