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04-27-2014, 11:39 AM
A Quarterback's Cold Remedy: Huge Hands (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304856504579338703990998202)
Suddenly, Long Fingers Are Seen as Common to Great Quarterbacks
Jan. 23, 2014
...it is understood that both [Super Bowl] starting quarterbacks possess a trait that renders them all but weatherproof. The Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning have huge hands.

"I don't know if it's going to be a wet ball, I don't know if it's going to be a cold ball but both those guys have big mitts so it's not going to make a difference," said Jedd Fisch, the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator who has been an assistant in both Denver and Seattle.
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Thomas Dimitroff, the Atlanta Falcons' general manager, said studies have shown that ball control in frigid outdoor games—from fumbles to interceptions—starts with the size of the quarterbacks hands.

"Big hands are anatomically the best thing for hurling a football, no question about it, in inclement weather," said Dimitroff, previously the New England Patriots' director of college scouting before taking over the Falcons.
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In an informal poll of league executives this week, nearly all said the league was moving away from small-handed quarterbacks, in part because of the cold-weather advantage of large hands. Former NFL executive Gil Brandt said that throughout history, the list of small-handed NFL quarterback stars is short—and may consist only of Hall of Famer Norm Van Brocklin. "He had short little stubbs for fingers," said Brandt.
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CloakNNNdagger
04-27-2014, 01:49 PM
There are actual specialty clinics for catching and throwing the football. They emphasize techniques in strengthening of hand grip and positioning the ball further back in order to compensate for shorter stubby fingers. One of the most successfully used training props I've seen has been the PassBack football. (and, no, this is not a joke)

VIDEO (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt-ufrgfac4)

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04-27-2014, 02:32 PM
There are actual specialty clinics for catching and throwing the football. They emphasize techniques in strengthening of hand grip and positioning the ball further back in order to compensate for shorter stubby fingers...

Need a hand spreader. If they can do this...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2OkjDfnMF1U/TS8dWyrT_CI/AAAAAAAAAD4/a3iP0iyt5M0/s1600/neck+rings1.jpg

They can create a "rack" for spreading fingers, no?

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04-30-2014, 01:52 PM
Exploring QB Hand Size (http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/47036/311/exploring-qb-hand-size)

Quarterbacks need to be tall. They need to be tall to see over the offensive and defensive lines. If you aren’t tall, you’re not going to have much of an opportunity to be a championship-caliber quarterback.

That’s the popular opinion around the NFL, and I don’t buy it. Sure, extra height might help a quarterback in certain situations, up to a point. Given the choice between a 6’5” quarterback and a 6’0” quarterback with all other things being equal or unknown, I’ll take the taller one.

But I don’t think height matters all that much, and certainly not to the extent that people believe, even though I’ve done studies showing taller quarterbacks have more NFL productivity and efficiency than shorter ones.

How can that be? Well, I believe height is very strongly correlated with a trait that matters quite a bit for NFL quarterbacks—hand size. Tall quarterbacks typically have larger hands than shorter ones; if hand size were really important for passers, we’d expect the tallest ones to perform the best even if height doesn’t matter at all.

To test this idea, I charted as many quarterback...

kiwitexansfan
04-30-2014, 05:58 PM
I can't buy the whole hand-size argument.

If a guys hands were too small to throw a football, he wouldn't be playing QB in college and being considered to play in the NFL.