Ricky Stanzi 2011 Scouting Report


Scouting Report: Ricky Stanzi, Quarterback University of Iowa


A little background on my breakdown of Stanzi:   I watched Iowa play quite a bit during the 2010 season. I watched many of their games live.  I also went back and watched every Offensive Snap from the Eastern Illinois, Iowa State, Arizona, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and  Insight Bowl games.  I also went back and watched  2-4 offensive series from the Wisconsin and Ohio State games.  I went to School in Iowa during the 2008/2009 season and saw quite a bit of Stanzi during that time as well.  I watched Iowa play Arkansas State in 2009 live and in person.  



Positives:   Is a leaders leader.  Showed the ability to cut down on his INT ratio greatly in 2010, largely due to smarter decision making.  Not afraid to take the checkdown route.  Might be the most emotionally equipped from a character, maturity and personality standpoint to handle all that goes with being an NFL Quarterback out of all the Quarterbacks going through the Draft Process.   Besides Jake Locker, Stanzi is one of the more experienced  QB’s entering the 2011 NFL Draft.   Sophomore Year, a lot of people forget he came in and flat beat out incumbent QB Jake Christiensen who was considered one of the highest profile quarterback recruits Iowa ever had.  Stanzi has great intangibles. Unquestioned leader of the Iowa Football team.  Became a much better student of the game in 2010.  Spent a lot of time watching film and putting forth energy to get better as a player in the film room.   Played really well within the confines of the Iowa offensive philosphy.  Much better throwing against man Coverage than Zone.  Great when he knows where he is going pre snap.  His forte as a passer is throwing the fade route as he has tremendous touch throwing the football. Very good off play action.  Shows the ability to be accurate on the run. Throws the slant ball very well.  Knows how to operate under center.  Has very quick feet setting up in the pocket.  Not a super quick release but at the college level it was quick enough most of the time. In the NFL, he will have to quicken things up some.  He doesn’t need an overhaul of mechanics by any means, just a release tweak and footwork enhancement.  Shows the ability to make touch throws on a consistent basis. Good mechanics throwing the football. One of the best deep crossing route thrower’s in college football.  Very good independent movement passer on the run.   Shows the ability to get his head around quickly off play action.  Puts tremendous touch on man coverage beating routes.   Gives receivers a chance to make plays down the field with the location and placement of his throws.  Has been in many tight situations late in ball games where he has made plays to WIN the game for his team.  Has also came up short in tight game situations. Was in command of the Iowa Offense.  Had a lot of audible/run check responsibilities at the line of scrimmage, which is an indicator of the comfort level and confidence the coaching staff had in Stanzi. It is also something he will have to do in the NFL.  


Negatives:   Not as accurate as you would like him to be on intermediate and deep throws over the middle. Needs to work on hip rotation and opening his hips when throwing to his left.   Too often was late on deep throws that resulted in batted balls, incompletions or interceptions. Pocket awareness is a bit suspect at times and that’s where some of the accuracy troubles come into play.    Struggled at times making anticipatory “Window” throws against Zone Coverage and throwing his WR’s Open against Zone Coverage. Struggles  throwing the football without a hitch up step. This is something that will hinder him if he does not correct it at the next level.  Pauses at the top of his 5 step drops right before he releases the football giving defensive backs more time to break on throws.    Even though Stanzi is very athletic, he seems to have heavy feet in the pocket when he sets up to throw. He is not light on his feet while in the pocket, however out of the pocket he is very nimble.  The biggest problem Stanzi will have as he translates is getting his feet into position quickly to deliver the football accurately and to make sure his arm speed/release matches up to the speed of his brain and feet.    Quick and smooth in his drops, but not tremendously graceful and fluid with his feet to arm relationship.  Operated almost exclusively from under center, which is a positive, but he will be in the gun some at the next level.   Did not make a lot of “wow” type throws. Does not have a big arm.



Ricky Stanzi really had a good season if you look at from a big picture standpoint.  He started out very hot and continued to play well through October and on into November.  He played poorly against Minnesota and in the Bowl game however.  The sour taste Stanzi has in his mouth should only fuel him as he goes through the pre draft evaluation process.  Honestly, I think his draft stock took a slight hit after those last two games. He is training with Tom Brady’s personal QB coach, Tom Martinez out in California.  Stanzi  has something to prove.   Senior Bowl week is upon us so look for Stanzi to take advantage of his opportunity in Mobile and impress some people with both his play on the field and also with his character, mental makeup and personality. People will be talking about this guy as the week winds down.  This is a guy who is only going to impress NFL scouts and GM’s in the interview process and at the NFL combine. That being said, he has some holes in his game.  I think he has the ability to influence his draft stock as far as rounds go more than any other quarterback going through this process.  Some people have him touted as a possible 3rd round pick and in the top 5 or 6 Quarterback range.  Some NFL team is going to fall in love with Stanzi and draft him as a developmental quarterback probably somewhere in the later rounds.  I expect Stanzi to be chosen between the 4th and 6th  round of this years NFL draft.  Stanzi has the “It” quality.  He is the only quarterback in this years draft who I can clearly say has “It”.  Is Stanzi as physically gifted as some of the other QB’s coming out this year? No he is not.  But I would not bet against this kid. He is all in and fully committed.  He is as an extremely hard worker who has high expectations of himself.  He is a fiery, no nonsense type of leader who just wants to win.  I honestly would not be shocked if Stanzi develops into a Solid NFL starting quarterback within three to four years.  



1-poor, 2-weak,  3-above average,  4-very good,  5-elite  

Arm Strength:  3.0

Accuracy: 3.5

Mobility:  4.0

Decision Making: 4.5

Mechanics: 4.0

Pocket Awareness:  3.5

Intangibles: 5.0


The Differences and Similarities between Actors and Waiters.

 The Differences and Similarities between Actors and Waiters.  

Author – Bryan Trulen


If the job of an actor is to awaken or invoke feelings and emotions in the audience, a prime responsibility to do so falls squarely on the shoulders of the actor/actress.  In doing so, Various elements come into play. Obviously, from a bare bones acting backdrop, Tone, Voice, Tempo and other manipulatory acting skills become necessary. But ultimately, it is the actors ability to immerse themselves into a character, and most of the time the audience already has a pre-conceived idea or notion of how the character should be. This brings up the most important piece of wisdom an Actor must understand. At its core, Acting is making yourself believable to the masses, An actor’s ability to convince an audience that they are real in their character can contribute to an audience’s level of happiness while watching the show.  An  audience does not attend a show specifically because of an Actor, but Each Individual Actor indirectly impacts how the consumer is perceiving and enjoying the Play or Show.

Comparatively, patrons flocking to restaurants are going their primarily for the Food, Ambience, Location, Overall Scene and Atmosphere. There are a multitude of factors going into why people will go to a restaurant with great food being the obvious number 1 influencer. As a Waiter or Waitress, one must understand this. Waiters become facilitators in this situation. Being funny, engaging and witty/boasting great intellectual power can certainly separate one from the rest of the pack of waiters but ultimately Service is the #1 priority here. If something goes wrong, the resulting domino effect can become extremely difficult to overcome as a waiter, thus making sure things are running smoothly and staying ahead of schedule become paramount in terms of the overall direction a waiter should take during the evening.  Not even taking into account, the multiple tables or parties a waiter must  deal with, which undoubtedly  places stressors/enhancers on the possibility of something going wrong throughout the evening.

In this sense, I believe Waiters have a more difficult job than an Actor. Ultimately, the take away point here is this,  Both Actors and Waiters work in the entertainment industry. Waiters interface with the customer and must be extremely attuned to needs both spoken and unspoken. Actors on the other hand have more leeway and freedom in how they go about influencing or invoking feelings in the audience. Having a Flair for Drama is accepted and encouraged in each, But Actors are Creators attempting to Convince an Audience that they are believable, Waiters are just tending to the needs and wants of the Patron, thus making them a secondary yet necessary piece to the overall Theatrics of going out to eat at a Restaurant.

Minnesota Mankato comes up Big in Season Finale against Upper Iowa

Went back and watched most of the Peacock Offensive Series. What Mankato did, albeit in harsh conditions, to shut down this UIU offense will end up being the Blue Print Film that all other NSIC teams will use in 2015. Now obviously the Mavs created tremendous pressure from their D-Line and blitz packages all day but what seemed to confuse Cole and the Wr’s was just how active Mankato’s Linebackers were in Zone Undercoverage and How the Mav’s DB’s played the pass and the short route concept staples of this UIU Offense. Cole didn’t play terrible, but again this Defensive Performance will end up being a blue print tape to use in the future on the Cocks in terms of halting and creating tremendous confusion for the QB and muddling his decision making process in this UIU Spread Quick Game attack…

In Summary, Lets not take anything away from the Success this Cole Jaescke/Giesking/Gutman/Hosch led skill position attack over the course of the past few years, or anything away from Shea, Frana, Higgins, Montalto etc…. All I am getting at here is with the pre snap precision/decision making required of this style of offense, defensives can adapt and figure out how to confuse the Triggerman and apply massive amounts of pressure, Mankato used in conjunction with the athleticism in their secondary, an approach to playing a combination of Zone/Man Principles and had their 2nd Level extremely active in the short to intermediate staples of this UIU Offense, For UIU to tame this kind of Pressure in the Future, I would recommend Heavy Personnel/Using Extra Tackles and using Base Personnel groupings along with marrying Play Action Preferably from Under Center to create Chunk Plays/Shot Plays in the passing game to generate Yardage…

Again, by using base personel, narrowing WR Splits, Creating deception with Play Action, an offense can then turn the tables on a defense and leave them as the side of the ball that is confused and hesitant of what they are seeing in from of their eyes for a split second. Mankato was able to do that to the Peacock Offense, but as we are seeing more and more in the NFL, the roles can be reversed with what I just described… Perhaps we will see this in 2015 from Higgins, Curran and Company…

Eagles rally late, top Jaguars.

Originally posted on bryantrulen:

For much of this football game, Chip Kelly’s Fast Break Offense was put in neutral/reverse by the Gus Bradley led Jacksonville defense.  It turned out to be a combination of Philly’s defense coming alive in the 2nd half along with spark plug Darren Sproles igniting the Eagle Offense to bring home the opening day victory in the City of Brotherly Love. 


     Things couldn’t have started out better for Jacksonville with the aid of a couple of Eagles QB Nick Foles turnovers early on. Jacksonville Quarterback Chad Henne used his veteran coverage recognition skills along with his elite level mechanics to put Jacksonville up early with two Touchdown passes in the 1st quarter.  From there on during the 1st half, the Nick Foles led Philly offense sputtered, stalled and led a first half of turnovers and missed opportunities, mostly due to the sloppy play of Foles. In the…

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Eagles rally late, top Jaguars.

For much of this football game, Chip Kelly’s Fast Break Offense was put in neutral/reverse by the Gus Bradley led Jacksonville defense.  It turned out to be a combination of Philly’s defense coming alive in the 2nd half along with spark plug Darren Sproles igniting the Eagle Offense to bring home the opening day victory in the City of Brotherly Love. 


     Things couldn’t have started out better for Jacksonville with the aid of a couple of Eagles QB Nick Foles turnovers early on. Jacksonville Quarterback Chad Henne used his veteran coverage recognition skills along with his elite level mechanics to put Jacksonville up early with two Touchdown passes in the 1st quarter.  From there on during the 1st half, the Nick Foles led Philly offense sputtered, stalled and led a first half of turnovers and missed opportunities, mostly due to the sloppy play of Foles. In the 2nd half, Henne and the Jags offense were the ones slowing down while the Eagles Offense took advantage of a couple big plays through air which ultimately made the difference in this opening day affair. 


Quarterback Analysis – Jacksonville… Chad Henne looked the part of a savvy starting caliber veteran early on and throughout the first half, leading Jacksonville and showing elite command within the passing game. Jacksonville did not muster much of a ground game so it was Henne’s accuracy. timing and anticipation early on… 

Philly… Nick Foles played flat out terrible in the first half, and after watching the coaching tape, was missing throws all over the field along with displaying cement feet at times… he was definitely exposed a bit in the first half, culminating with throwing an Interception in the end zone during the 2nd quarter. Foles was able to make a few big plays in the 2nd half through the air that proved to be the difference…an uneven performance for Foles who has some work to do preparing for Week 2.

Finally, Chad Henne could have single handily changed the outcome of this game with around 7:00 remaining in the game. The Jags were tied at 17 when Henne dropped back to pass and failed to exercise eye manipulation to hold the SS in Phillys 2 High Safety Look while throwing a dig route on time albeit to the backside (Left) X WR. It was a subtle nuance probably not picked up by the casual fan, but it was an intermediate Dig route that was there against the 2 high look, however because Henne failed to use his eyes on this play to manipulate or hold the SS, he locked in on the left side of the field which allowed the SS to get over and break up the accurate pass to nullify a potential Red Zone opportunity late in the game, giving the Eagles the ball back…where they ultimately took the lead on a Nick Foles Bomb to Jeremy Maclin…



Mark Sanchez to the Vikings… ?

On March 25, The New York Jets will owe Mark Sanchez a 2 Million Dollar Bonus if he is still on their Roster. Will the jets release him before that date? Not so fast. The way things have been shaping up over in Eden Praire, MN, I fully expect Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner to trade for Mark Sanchez before that March 25 deadline.  Lets explore this from three perspectives, the Vikings, which will include a collaborative approach between Rick, Mike and Norv, Mark Sanchez’s perspective and the New York Jets.






Vikings Perspective)  Christian Ponder will be entering year 4, he has shown flashes of excellence mixed in with periods of erratic and poor play. One thing is for certain, Christian will remain on the Vikings in 2014. Rick Spielman has made it known the Vikings will be looking to draft a quarterback at some point within this years draft but will not force the issue. Rick also made it clear the Vikings will sign a quarterback through Free Agency. Matt Cassel turned down an opportunity to compete for a starting job in Norv Turner’s system and may have been given information from Vikings Brass that they were in hot pursuit of another quarterback, which would explain the early bolt out of Minnesota after a successfull 2013 campaign.  Enter Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is not officially on the Free Agent QB Market but if he were, I would have to think he would be ranked right behind Michael Vick and Chad Henne, however Sanchez is 27 and Vick is past his prime and banged up, and would not fit a Norv Turner System, Henne may, however it sounds like Jacksonville will be welcoming him back with open arms. From a free agent perspective, Mark would then arguably become the most sought after QB, however he is still a member of the New York Jets. Now, Mike Zimmer was beaten by Sanchez in the playoffs in 2009 and Norv Turner’s Chargers were beaten by Mark in the 2009 Divisional Round, making them familiar with Mark’s Skillset. Enter Rick Spielman.. Rick Has stated recently that his number 1 goal is to re-vamp the Viking Defense along with the implementation of Mike Zimmer’s Defensive Scheme, The Pieces are in place to support a defensive minded football team, Adrian Peterson has at least 2 more prime years, there is explosive talent at Wide Reciever.  The last piece of this approach must be attained through a quarterback that manages the game adeptly but can also be a playmaker if called upon and capitalize on his shot plays in the passing game. Minnesota will not force the issue early in the Draft however will select a Quarterback to be a developmental guy and may thrust him into a three way competition to be the starter if need be come August.  By Bringing in Mark Sanchez to compete with Ponder and a QB TBA through the draft, The Vikings would essentially be getting a former #1 HS QB In the Country, former Top Five Draft Pick, a veteran with 4 Years of Starting experience and someone who has won four road playoff games and been to two AFC Title games.