As you can see from the Oklahoma Sooners color scheme, the team’s new quarterback, Marquise Russell, comes in as a red and white redo of previous signal caller, Charlie Frye. So, what is exactly different about the new signal caller? In this article, I will discuss what I think are the major differences that have brought Russell to the top of the draft.
First, he is a “color thrower” who does not come into the huddle with a shotgun, unlike Charlie Frye. He also prefers the outside running game to the inside running game, though he did have a fine career in the interior of the line. Red throwers also typically like to use their hands, so Russell could be a good fit for the Sooners’ new no-huddle scheme.
Second, Russell is a streaky passer. While he has shown great skills with accuracy, he also has been known to make terrible decisions or pick off a receiver near the sideline only to lose the ball in the end. This is a pretty common complaint among young aerial passers. It is also one of the reasons why some draft experts like Braxton Kelley and David Carr rank Russell as the top overall passer. This is because they are also streaky, though their mechanics are not as complicated as Frye’s.
Also, Russell has been compared as a gunslinger who is comfortable taking a deep shot. In fact, during the 2021 Fiesta Bowl against Oregon, he was named the game’s player of the week for his 5 tackles, including one sack and one forced fumble. So, he can shoot the ball downfield and he also seems to have good placement on deep shots. Unfortunately, this means that he is also likely to struggle catching the football and running the ball. Oklahoma does not often use spread formations, which limits its options at the quarterback position.
Next, there is the red zone scheme. This is a great scheme for any offense to use in the red zone of the field, but it does present some problems for an Oklahoma team. Because it is designed to score quickly, it opens up the entire field to short passes. The Sooners were never really a team that was able to build much rushing offensive success, and even when they did it was usually with hurry ups or short passing.
Also, this scheme can cause trouble in the red zone for an Oklahoma team with a smaller arsenal of receivers. The Sooners will likely use two receivers or two tight ends in the red zone, leaving an overzealous quarterback in the passing game. As you can see, this can cause big issues for a rookie quarterback. Brown needs to be comfortable in the pocket and able to throw the ball down the field, but he also needs to be able to make plays with his arm.
The last scheme we’ll look at is the outside spread. The outside spread is designed to take advantage of the fact that most teams in the NFL today use a number of different personnel groups in the red zone. For instance, many NFL teams have a running back and a tight end in the red zone. Because the quarterback is typically less experienced than their counterpart, the outside spread is an excellent system to use as a developmental player in the NFL.
Overall, there are a lot of great elements in this Oklahoma National Football League draft profile on Marquise Brown. He has the physical tools that many teams look for at the quarterback position, but he also needs to develop an understanding of the scheme that he plays in and a knack for making plays with his arm. If Brown can do those two things, he has every chance of being a very successful player for the Sooners in the near future.