Ricky Stanzi earned the right to be the first quarterback to come off the bench and work with the second-team offense. Stanzi did not step on to the field during his rookie year in the regular season and wants to change that this year. But, his appearance against the Rams was not pretty.
Stanzi struggled with the second-team offense and committed two turnovers. His first turnover was an interception in which he and Terrance Copper, the intended target, were not on the same page. The pass was tipped, resulting in the turnover early in the second half.
Stanzi also fumbled later on. While trying to make a play on his first read, Stanzi was unable to get more time to make a pass while defenders chased him around. While being taken down by the defense, Stanzi loses control of the ball on his way down, and the Rams come up with another takeaway.
Brady Quinn entered the game in the fourth quarter and came away with a touchdown pass, firing a dart to Jeremy Horne for a catch-and-run of 48 yards. But, the play came while the Rams defense was playing with little aggression late in the game when the score was 31-10 before the touchdown play.
Quinn may have the lead, but it is not a demanding lead over Stanzi as the top backup quarterback.