I believed Urban's whole "pitch count" thing until his presser yesterday when he said he wished he could do more. I don't think Urban is worried about Braxton's health. I don't think Braxton is worried about his health. Rather, during the limited reps Braxton is taking...Urban and Herman are seeing the same inconsistent, inaccurate QB as last year. That's concerning. VERY concerning.
Health aside, if Braxton got ZERO reps in spring and limited reps in camp...when did he have a chance to get better? Riiiiiight....he wore a camera on his head and watched. Riiiiiight, he worked with the QB guru on the beach in CA. Riiiiiight, he spent every Friday night of the off season in the WHAC. Riiiiight, he's in the best shape of his life. (CrossFit Champions are in great shape but I bet they can't see a LB carry a TE up the seem or a corner rob the flat.) That stuff would work for a QB far along in his development. REPS, REPS, REPS...that's what gets a QB developed. Seeing the defense live, ID'ing coverages during the drop, making the throws, watching HIMSELF on tape, and making corrections in the next practice is what develops a QB in the passing game. Not standing back and avoiding injury. He's not a 35 year old veteran NFL QB. Hell, the top QB's in the NFL get reps...that's how they stay TOP NFL QB's.
No...the concern here isn't his current health. THE CURRENT concern is where he is in his development. IF that development hasn't happened...and he's the same QB that he's been, the health concern lies somewhere down the road because if Herman and Meyer can't win games via Brax's arm dealing the ball to the DUDES he has around him...they'll have to revert to trying to win on his legs. That makes the offense somewhat one dimensional by taking away some balance. THAT will inevitably lead to an injury. It's charted history since his freshman year of HS.
Lets hope the pitch count comes to an end on Monday.