St. Louis Rams - The Soon to Be Amazing Mr. Quick

Scott Heavey

TST's very own OakCityRam wrote this great piece on Brian Quick. While Quick hasn't woo-ed us on the field yet, after reading this I have high hopes for the St. Louis Rams second round draft choice. Give it a read and thank you Todd for sending this my way...

The Invisible Mr. Quick?

Happy Friday!

I’m so tired of Sam Bradford articles that I thought it was time explore the next most misunderstood Ram - Brian Quick. As much as TST followers like to dissect every pass, move, facial expression, and bowel movement of Sam Bradford, the next one on the list has to be “Mr. Quick!”

So much has been said about Mr. Quick being from a small school that we probably should look at just exactly he did at that small school. Quick was a basketball standout at Ridge View High School in Columbia, South Carolina. He had never touched a football until his Senior Year when he decided to try football. Because he made the switch so late, he never received a recruiting grade from Rivals.com leaving him a virtual unknown to the big school college scouts.

As a freshman (2007) he did not make a reception in his first two games, and ended up sitting out the rest of the season with a back injury. He had a slow start in 2008, but came on strong in the final month-and-a-half of the season to become one of the best receivers in the nation. In only in his 4th year of playing football, Quick caught 61 passes for a team-best 982 yards for 16.1 yards-per-catch average. As a junior in 2010 Quick earned First-team All-America honors from Sporting News and was voted Second-team All-Southern Conference by the league’s coaches and media while leading ASU with 47 receptions, 844 receiving yards, nine touchdown catches and 18.0-yards-per-catch average. In his senior year, Quick recorded 71 receptions for 1,096 yards with 11 touchdowns.Sporting News named Quick to its Division I FCS All-America team as did the AFCA and he received Second-team accolades from the Associated Press and The Sports Network.

Current Game Stats:

GAME

REC

TGTS

YDS

AVG

LNG

TD

1

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

3

1

3

19

19.0

19

0

4

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

5

1

2

1

1.0

1

0

6

2

4

31

15.5

22

0

7

1

4

39

39.0

39

0

As you can see BQ is making progress just like “The Stache” keeps telling us. Fisher and Quick had this to say over at St.LouisRams.com after the NE game:

“He’s coming,” Fisher said. “He’s still got a ways to go, but he’s coming. You see the athleticism and his ability to go up and make a play, which he made. Kellen gave him a nice ball, but on the in-break that he dropped, he ran it a little bit too soon. He gets a little excited at times, but he’s coming. So, it’s half way through the season and he’s coming along.”


The small college environment definitely has affected Quick’s learning curve. With no experience in a pro style offense, and the lack of playing against playing top talent, Quick has much more to learn, than a Division I player.

Consistency is what Quick knows is keeping him off the field:

“It’s just being a pro,” Quick said. “You have to be consistent. You can’t have some days where you come out and you’re good and then the next day you aren’t playing as well. You have to be consistent. You have to be a pro. That’s the challenge for me right now. I have to be more consistent and just make sure that I can basically prove to them that I know what I’m doing and I know my stuff.”


As many of us have been speculating, much of Quick’s problems relate to the speed of the game at the NFL level. Quick admitted that he’s counting his steps to make sure he is at the correct depth of any given route the play calls for.

“It’s hard because you have to be in a certain spot,” Quick said. “Just go out there and play. They know I can play fast, they know what I can do but the thing is I haven’t had that confidence or belief that you don’t have to count your steps, just go out and play fast and just go out there and make plays.”


Quick is confident that one of these days the game will slow down and he will emerge as a dominate force for years to come.

“I have to just relax and do what I have to do,” Quick said. “You know your assignments and you are not thinking so much. Once that day comes when I am not thinking at all and everything is coming, I’ll be ready.”


So fans, there it is. You can rest assured that if Brian Quick continues his development he has all the tools to make a great receiving threat for opposing defenses. In his words it’s just a matter of time until he can play without counting his steps, and worrying about if he is in the right spot at the right time.

Rams Fans, I want you to stop and think about this, Brian Quick is only in his 5th year of playing football....Ever, and he made it to the NFL. The icing on the cake is he signed a four year deal with the Rams! Stop and think about that for a minute, if it doesn't boggle your mind then nothing will!

Like the rest of this young team growing up before our eyes, it’s just a matter of time.

Thanks for reading!

OCR

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