Alex Brink to Connor Halliday: 'Be a better manager of the game'

William Mancebo

The record-setting Cougar quarterback has some advice for the would-be starter.

Alex Brink sits at the top of the WSU record book in career passing yards and touchdowns. He also holds a couple dozen other official game, season or career records, and one very important unofficial record -- wins over Washington.

Yet, if we were to make a list of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in school history, Brink probably would have a tough time cracking the top 10. He spent the first two years of his career holding off rocket-armed Josh Swogger, and had Brink been on the team last year, he probably would have ranked behind both Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday in terms of physical tools.

The guy knows a thing or two about what it means to use the tools you've got in order to be the best quarterback you can be, something Halliday -- the presumed 2013 starter -- has yet to master.

Brink jumped on the air a little while back with fellow Cougs Ian Furness and Jason Puckett on Sportsradio KJR in Seattle a couple of weeks ago, and when Furness asked him what Halliday needs to do better, Brink didn't hesitate:

He's got to be a better manager of the game. ... They're not a good enough team for him to just go out and take chances and try and make every throw he wants to make. He's got to manage the game to a certain point that they're in position,you know, down 7, down 3. Now all of a sudden that big play comes up and he can use his physical abilities to make the big play to win the game or tie it up or whatever, as opposed to trying to make that play early in the game, throw a pick, now they're down 14, 21 early on, and then his physical ability is just a moot point.

Personally, I found this comment fascinating. Not so much the observation that Halliday has a propensity to push the envelope -- we all already know that -- but in Brink's use of the term "manage the game."

Typically, calling a quarterback a "game manager" is fairly insulting, implying an inability to play the position at the highest level. However, I think the context here makes sense: The margin for error is smaller for WSU because of the talent disparity, so it's important that the quarterback not exacerbate the situation by making high-risk throws that can backfire. It's a similar but different take on the "just make the throws the defense gives you" we've been harping on since UNLV.

Additionally, the implication is clear: This isn't a talent issue, it's a mindset issue. Do you buy that?

The entire interview is embedded below, and it's worth a listen -- his comments on whether Tim Tebow could play in the CFL (where Brink has spent the past few years) are fun.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join CougCenter

You must be a member of CougCenter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CougCenter. You should read them.

Join CougCenter

You must be a member of CougCenter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CougCenter. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker