Jon Niednagel went on ESPN Radio last week to talk about Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, saying among many things, “Mariota will have a better learning curve, being a #13 FCIR, along with better spatial logic, but if I were working with Marcus, I would have him doing visual learning exercises to bring him into the hear-and-now, in the moment.”  On the other hand, “Winston will have much better spatial awareness, but being a #1 FEAR, his logical decision-making won’t be as proficient, and he’ll struggle under big time pressure.”

In short, neither of the two will be a Joe Montana or Peyton Manning. In short, neither are #5 FEIRs.

“Both have done so well in college ball,” the skeptic says. Very true, but at the NFL level, in the toughest of games, we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Niednagel did go on to express that both could find success in the NFL, as Jameis shares Donovan McNabb‘s Brain Type and Marcus shares the same design as Aaron Rogers, Andrew Luck, and a number of other proficient QBs. “If I were just picking by Brain Type alone,” Niednagel concluded, “Marcus has more upside than Jameis.”

ESPN’s football guru, Todd McShay, touts Winston far superior to Mariota. Todd is correct on many of Jameis attributes, but what TM doesn’t grasp is how they differ in Brain Type. Marcus will perhaps take a while to mature especially depending on his coaching staff, offensive system, and O line but overall, his mindset at QB will be better than Winston’s.

For those who follow us, you know all #1s are born gross motor dominant. Thanks to other #1s like hoopsters LeBron, Magic, Chris Paul, and James Harden, even the neophyte can easily see their big muscle superiority when performing. No BT is more athletically gifted than #1 FEARs, but as we have pointed out for decades (including Niednagel’s book, Your Key to Sports Success), some positions within certain sports do not fit the #1 well, mentally and/ or physically. Though the #1 dominates at most positions in the NFL, you’ll basically never find them at offensive guard, on occasion as a DB, and a little more often at QB. Of course, at running back they tend to dominate. For starters, can you say Sweetness, Emmitt Smith,  Beast Mode, and All Day (*look below in case you don’t know who these guys are.)

At QB, they excel with gross skills at such things as body balance and strength (often arm strength, too), coordination, and peripheral and 3-D vision. Conversely, they can struggle with gross dominance when they tense up and become robotic, long armed when throwing. Balls will sail on them when they’re nervous and “grossies” tense and “fines” (like hands) go too soft.  Where they most get in trouble when succumbing to major pressure is when they lose spatial logic. As big-time Animate feelers, their emotions take over and all logic vanishes, mentally and spatially. Here they’ll make foolish throws and take excessive chances. Also, they won’t be good decision makers with the ball, unless they opt to run it when appropriate.

Don’t forget, an NFL QB position is much different than a point guard in hoops though they seem similar. Yes, there are parallels, but points do not get tackled, nor are they rushed by 11 rabid defenders. QBs must often make decisions in nano-time, whereas the point guard can take his or her sweet time to facilitate the offense by dribbling, waving to the crowd, or whatever.

Speaking of the #1 FEAR, two other notables were drafted and, barring unforeseen difficulties (especially off the field), should find great success in the NFL. One is defensive-lineman Leonard Williams, and the other is receiver Amari Cooper. In contrast to the quarterback position, the #1 more readily excels at these two positions where body balance, coordination, and strength truly pay off. Many great #1 receivers have preceded Amari, and he should be stellar especially with the good attitude he’s said to have. As our followers know, a good attitude and hard-work ethic are not assured for many #1s.

*Answer: Walter Payton, Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson.

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