http://www.footballscoop.com/news/13888-kurt-roper-notes A few notes from Roper's 80 minutes on the podium. - Everything Roper does on the practice field is at game speed. Warm up drills are done at game speed. Once practice moves into a team setting, Roper drops fundamental work and focuses solely on the situation at hand. At that point, he says, it's about helping his quarterbacks make the right read and not correcting their footwork. - Two key Roper catchphrases: "Train your eyes to see" - to see through the traffic and clutter around the pocket - and "train your hands to see" - to grip the ball without taking your eyes off the defense. - In keeping with the theme of coaches who are not sticklers for technique, Roper is agnostic on whether or not a quarterback should grip the laces to throw the ball. He said that a quarterback's middle finger and thumb should rest on opposite points of the ball. - To train a quarterback's eyes to see, Roper does drills to create havoc in the pocket. "The more you strain their feet, the better they'll get." - Two points on throwing the football. First, Roper believes throwing a ball is an upper-body movement. "I don't want them using the lower body in their throwing motion," he said. Second, he believes we're either born with the ability to throw a football or we're not. Roper said he'll know in two years if his son Luke, age three, has that ability. Here are some of the quotes that were found on @zach_barnett twitter account Roper, on not enforcing a uniform throwing motion: "I tell people I don't care if they punt it left-footed as long as it beats the defense." Roper works almost exclusively in gun but trains QBs as if under center because "the more you make their feet work, the better they'll get. Roper going over talented QBs he's coached. Joked "coaching is overrated. It's about recruiting." First two things Roper looks at in game planning: "Is there a DL we can't block? And how do they defend the flats?" Roper: "Air is your friend on deep balls. There's a reason those guys are playing defense. They can't judge the ball like we can." Roper is an offensive guy through and through. "Can you imagine going to practice every day and never having the ball? How awful." Roper: "I only bring four bags and cones to the practice field. Other than that, I want it to be what we do in a game." Hearing Roper speak reminds me how unbelievably foolish Ole Miss was to fire David Cutcliffe and staff after one down year.