Corch Meyers is going to utilize the 2-QB system this year, and that’s just fine with me.
Personally, I hate the 2-QB rotation. When Greene and Shockley shared time, it made me furious. And I hope that this year we do not implement a similar system with Gray and Murray/Mettenberger.
I understand why some coaches may see the benefit of this system. In the case of Florida, Brantley is really their only QB with any experience or deep knowledge of the program. So, with their style, on third and short, I kind of get why they’d want to put a more elusive QB back there. When we did it, I get the theory that it would cause opposing defenders to make adjustments.
That said, the cons of this style outweigh the pros by a long way. For starters, the QB is the most important position on the field. I was a lineman in high school, but I knew my place. To be successful in the SEC, or on any level for that matter, you have to have a field general leading the charge. You have to have a QB who commands the respect of the offense and of the opposing defense. I’ll go back to DG for an example. He was by no means the most athletically gifted player on the field, but he was smart, confident, and possessed that “it” quality that the great ones have. He was the leader. During his prime, there was no doubt who was in control. When you start tinkering with that, questions arise. Further, the leaders confidence has the chance to be shaken because he knows at any point he may be yanked.
Another problem I have with this system is the rhythm of the game. If you’re driving down the field and get in a third and short situation and bring in another guy to call the shots, you potentially ruin the rhythm. Of course, when it works out, it looks like a good call. But no competitor ever wants to leave the field, and when you do, it takes you out of that rhythm you’ve created. Same case for a drive-to-drive scenario. If you’re rotating QB’s every few drives it’s darn near impossible to get into a rhythm. I just don’t see the benefit in rotating 2 guys at the QB spot.
This is a lot different than rotating in O-linemen or D-backs, or any other position really. Most every other position on the field have a more narrow range of responsibilities. A QB has to not only read the defense, but develop a sense of what they’re doing and how they are handling different situations. You just can’t do that from the sidelines. You can do your job from play to play, but there’s so much more to it than that. You are charged with managing a game, and you have to be out there with your guys to do that.
I’ m all for UF deploying the 2-QB system. I think it’s a great call for them. But I think I will lose my mind if we follow suit. Pick your guy, whoever it may be, and let them have it.