Scot Loeffler: Hopefully NCAA allows QB headsets someday
Posted by: Chris Vannini on August 16, 2012
Auburn offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler has only been on the field during games for one season of his career, and that came with the Detroit Lions in his lone NFL season in 2008.
The NFL allows greater communication with quarterbacks, including allowing headsets in the quarterbacks' helmets. Loeffler will be in the press box at Auburn this season, and he hopes college football will adapt the NFL rule one day, making life easier for coaches up top.
"The advantage (of the press box) in the NFL is that you have a communicator so you can sit and talk to the quarterback," Loeffler said. "Basically he can hear everything you say. In college we don't have that rule yet. Hopefully someday we do move that way, so there's really no value in terms of me being on the sidelines."
Additional communication would especially be helpful at Auburn with the team's young quarterbacks. As is typically the case with young quarterbacks, the inconsistency is an issue. Loeffler hopes to minimize that as much as possible by the time the season comes around.
"Like all of our quarterbacks, there's times where you go, 'Wow, we're really making progress', then we take a few steps back," he said. "Then we improve the next day, so we're bouncing. That's normally what happens with young guys. There's times where we look like we know what we're doing, and times that we have some inconsistencies. With age and experience and with reps, that will improve."
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