Five Good Reasons Why Rod Smith's Days at Michigan Could Be Numbered
Rod Smith is in a heap of trouble, and he doesn't even know it.
In his second year as the quarterbacks coach at Michigan, Rod Smith is stuck with the unenviable task of deciding which of his FIVE QUARTERBACKS, each with at least two more years of eligibility, will start this upcoming season.
Each of these quarterbacks share one thing in common: None of them has yet to prove that he can run the spread option offense at the college level.
So here's my challenge: I'm going to let you debate as to which QB runs our offense, because it appears to me that this coach can't. He thinks that if he can recruit enough QBs, he'll eventually come across another Pat White.
Let's see if you can do a better job.
Candidate No. 1: Steven Threet
QB rating: 105.26
He's hungry to play this position. As the fourth-leading rusher on the team, I don't understand why Rod Smith is still searching for a QB who can run and pass when he has one right in front in him.
Mechanics. Threet's passes keep sailing over his receivers. This is a common problem for QBs who fail to set their feet before throwing. He may have "happy feet."
I think he has an excellent chance to win the starting job this upcoming season if he can calm down in the pocket, step forward, and deliver the ball.
Candidate No. 2: Nick Sheridan
QB rating: 81.09
Sheridan is a more accurate passer. He reads the field a lot better than Threet and has better poise in the pocket
I could train a snail to do a moonwalk across a puddle of molasses, and I'll bet you that this snail would move backwards faster than Sheridan can run forward. As a pro-style QB, Sheridan wasn't meant to run this offense.
If he's smart, he'll either hit the treadmill or hit the road. As long as the spread option is at Michigan, there's no room here for an immobile QB.
Candidate No. 3: David Cone
2008 Stats: None
He makes for great humor. He's good enough to keep his spot, but not good enough to make backup...he's on the gravy train. He's definitely destined to get his degree without paying a cent.
That's one less scholarship available for a QB who wants to step forward and run this offense.
He's there like John Blutarsky in Animal House!!!
Candidate No. 4: Justin Feagin
QB rating: 0
Uhhhh.... He can run???
Uhhhh... He can't throw???
Candidate No. 5: Recruit Tate Forcier
As a junior at San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch, Tate Forcier rushed for 733 yards on 66 attempts and had six touchdowns. He passed for 2,387 yards and 21 touchdowns with only five picks for a 77 percent passer rating (164-for-213), which led San Diego County.
He finished his senior season averaging over 400 yards of total offense. Judging by what I'd seen, he's incredibly agile and very hard to tackle.
At 6'1" and 183 lbs., he might be too short to look over offensive linemen and too small to fight off tackles.
I don't question his ability to create running lanes, but his ability to find passing lanes...? Keep in mind that if he wins the job, he'll have to grow up very quickly.
Perfect. His presence will challenge the other QBs, but he's not ready to start right away. He'll be fine as long as he's willing to take the lumps that comes with being a Michigan QB.
So now, it appears that Rich Rodriguez is in a bit of a bind. He loves and respects Rod Smith, but the "noose" around RR's neck is already starting to tighten.
FIVE QUARTERBACKS, FIGHTING FOR ONE STARTING SPOT, FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS...?
Hey, do you hear that...?
It sounds like a bus is coming...
I have a good feeling that this bus driver is about to feel another "bump" in the road if this year's Michigan starting QB doesn't perform well. You hear that, Rod Smith!!!
I just hope the bus driver found time to scrape off Scott Shafer first!
Food for thought!!!