We can do better through science.
I have previously posted info about how certain visual training exercises can improve the ability of athletes to track the motion of balls in flight better (and perhaps thicken the superior temporal sulcus of players like McKelvin in the process).
Now that McKelvin is playing better, let's SEE (I crack myself up) if current cognitive neuroscience research offers any hope for making EJ able to see the entire field. Then he can more consistently target his throws at the guy who is actually most open.
Turns out, there's this guy at UC Riverside who recently conducted a successful experiment to sharpen the vision of the school's baseball players:
Nineteen of the players took part in an experiment aimed at sharpening the way their visual cortex processes stimuli, improving their visual acuity by an average of 31%, according to the study.
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What we think we're doing is improving the brain's ability to read out information from the eyes, Seitz said.
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. . . the eye chart results for those who underwent the training were at times astonishing; Seitz had to move some of the players 40 feet away from a standard eye chart, and they read right down to the bottom line. Seven of the players scored 20/7.5, meaning they could read from 20 feet what mere mortals would be able to read from 7.5 feet or closer.
Although not mentioned in the LA Times article, if you read the peer-reviewed research report published in Current Biology, you find this:
Notably, players reported seeing the ball much better, greater peripheral vision, easy to see further, able to distinguish lower contrasting things, eyes feel stronger, they don't get tired as much, and so on.
How can improving our QB's peripheral vision be a bad thing? From what I read, the players already get their playbook on a tablet. I also keep reading how EJ is driven to succeed in this league, and willing to put in a lot of effort to make that happen.
Why can't our offensive coordinator (who just happens to have a degree in neurobiology) put the vision training app on EJ's tablet? What could it hurt?
Mr. Hackett, in the unlikely event that you or one of your assistants reads this Bills message board for grins in the off-season, check this out:
Could we please get ahead of the curve for once and spend $6.00 to give our young QB some help seeing the entire field?
Edited by ICanSleepWhenI'mDead, 24 February 2014 - 05:05 AM.