- Carson Meger Talks About the Quarterback Position
The Miners scrimmage last Saturday was supposed to help clear up the contest between the four quarterbacks for the starting spot. It didn’t.
I had a chance to talk with Carson Meger again, yesterday. He is always an excellent interview, and this one was no exception.
I asked him how things looked, now that he had had a chance to review the films.
“It looked good. I mean, it looked pretty much like how we felt after the scrimmage on Saturday. Everybody did a good job. As far as the whole offense did, everybody did a real good job. It was pretty accurate, like I said, to how we felt about the scrimmage, earlier. Little things, here and there, we could have done better, but overall it was an awesome scrimmage for us on the offense side of the ball.”
I told him that when I watched him, it seemed like he was very accurate with passes under 40 yards, and maybe not the big gun that we are used to seeing, and asked him if that was accurate.
“That could be accurate. I can throw the deep ball, here and there. That’s not my forte. That’s not my thing, but I did that a lot in high school, a lot of short passes to move the chains. That was the kind of offense we ran. So, that is my strength, is the short game, you know, on the run, that kind of stuff. I feel like that’s a good thing for me. It’s been a big play offense with Trevor here, because he had that kind of arm, and I have the capability to do that as well, but my thing is the short to medium passing game.”
I said that I noticed that he just seemed to take a few yards here and a few yards there, and then the next thing you know he is taking the team into the endzone.
“That’s right. Yeah, yes. That happens. I mean, that’s a big part of the game, just moving the ball, and that can break down a defense’s will. If you can move the ball, left and right, just five yards at a time, take a chunk of change when you can, that will leave the field open for a big play opportunity, too. It keeps them coming up on those short plays, and so. Moving the chains is a big thing in this game, a good thing for momentum and consistency, and it’s a great way to break down the defense. And it breaks them down if you can move the ball 80 yards, go ten plays and 80 yards, and score a touchdown, that’s a long time for the defense to be on the field, and it breaks them down.”
I asked him if he pretty much had the playbook down.
“Yeah, you can never know everything. At all. If you get content, if you think you know everything, you stop getting better. So, you can always know a little bit more, every single day, and I do have a lot of fundamentals down. I’ve been lucky enough to be here a while, so I’ve got a lot of the playbook down, but there are still intricacies on even our simplest plays that I can pick up and learn on.”
I told him that I thought he had an uncanny feel for what was going on around him in the backfield during plays, and asked him about that.
“I think part of that is just growing up around the game, and both of my parents are coaches. So, that’s a big plus for me, and they’ve done a great job helping me out with those little things. But, yeah, it just something you kind of have. It’s just one of those things you either have or you don’t. It’s not necessarily taught or learned, it’s just one of those non-arm strength, nothing like that, it’s just one of those things you just have to have a sense for. Like I said, I’ve been lucky enough to grow up around every kind of sport, especially football. So, that’s a big thing for me, and a big part of playing quarterback is having those things, here and there, that separate you, or that can make you a little bit different, and at the position, taking sacks is not a good thing, ever, no matter what the situation is. I just keep that in mind all of the time. A big part of my game is just like you said, knowing what’s going on around you, and you have to have that at the position of quarterback. I’m lucky to have that. I’ve just kind of developed that throughout my life, just playing football and growing up around the sport”.
Then I let him go, so that he could take the kickers and punters to school a little before practice got started.