Commentary

Notes from the film room

After looking at game film, Gary Horton tells you what to pay attention to in the Super Bowl.

Originally Published: January 27, 2009
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesBen Roethlisberger's big arm will be on display in Super Bowl XLIII.

After breaking down film and critiquing the teams, Scouts Inc. tells you what to pay attention to in the Super Bowl.

Big Ben's big arm

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has very good arm strength and can make all of the throws. He has excellent velocity on the deep-out route, which is the signature play for determining arm strength. His deep ball is pretty and he throws it with good velocity. What makes his arm strength special is his ability to throw in the pocket, on the run or even off his back foot. Plus, Big Ben can change up speeds.

Beating the blitz

Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is one of the best in the league versus the blitz. Defenders have trouble getting to him because of the Cardinals' short passing game and his quick release. He does a great job of recognizing pressure and going to his hot read. His receivers also do a good job of sight-adjusting versus the blitz. Consequently, big-time pass-rushers can become very frustrated.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.