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KELLY: Solomon has to understand his importance

David Kelly prefers to see his quarterback stand in the pocket and throw the football David Kelly prefers to see his quarterback stand in the pocket and throw the football
UA is back on the practice field Monday after a day off on Sunday (Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics) UA is back on the practice field Monday after a day off on Sunday (Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In my opinion the most important element of this season for the Arizona Wildcats is keeping quarterback Anu Solomon healthy.

The junior essentially missed three games last season due to concussions.

Those concussions came on plays where he was running the football.

As many of you know I am not a fan of quarterbacks running in the first place.

It is of utmost importance that both the Wildcats’ offensive coaching staff and the quarterback do everything in their power to insure Solomon not take hits this season that could potentially knock him out of the lineup.

Anu Solomon’s first press conference of the 2016 season makes you believe he doesn’t understand his importance to his team.

He spoke after the first practice of Fall Camp last Thursday of wanting to slide less and inviting more contact.

There’s a reason most of the winning teams in professional football have for the most part stationary dropback quarterbacks who stand in the pocket and pick apart defenses.

It’s the safest place to be.

Now of course even if you have a dropback quarterback, you want him to have a degree of mobility and if he can be a threat to run, great.

I’m fine with offenses utilizing quarterbacks who are pass first with a threat to run if necessary.

But when you ask your quarterback to be a primary ball carrier you are asking for trouble.

And if you are going to ask your quarterback to be a primary ball carrier than he had better understand what he needs to do to insure his safety.

Fortunately this season if Solomon can’t or is unwilling to do what is best to protect himself as a ball carrier, there is a new rule in place to help him.

Rule 2-27-14 has made any ball carrier (quarterback, running back or receiver) who is sliding (feet-first) a defenseless player, and any hit on that player will be considered targeting and is subject to penalty and potential ejection.

One way to insure Solomon’s safety this season is a healthy Nick Wilson at running back.

If the junior can be the producer he was as a freshman than Solomon won’t be needed, as much, to make plays with his legs.

Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Albert Belle had an interesting philosophy when he played in the 1990s.

You never saw Belle dive in the outfield to try and catch a baseball. 

Why?

Because Belle understood that the most important place for him to be was in the lineup everyday.

If he was in the lineup he could produce for his team.

Diving for baseballs on defense means throwing your body onto the ground and throwing your body on to the ground is the quickest way to be out of the lineup everyday.

Solomon has to understand his importance to this football team.

In 2016 when he goes on the run he has to be mindful to get what he can get and then get to safety, preferably out of bounds.

Arizona can be a team to contend with if his plays all 13 games healthy.

If he’s hurt. Say hello to another six or seven win season.

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