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Iowa Football: Why Benching James Vandenberg Would Be the Wrong Move

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Iowa Football: Why Benching James Vandenberg Would Be the Wrong Move
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Let's not mince words; Iowa's offense has been atrocious through the first two weeks of the season, and James Vandenberg, the fifth-year senior at the helm of the inept unit, has taken a considerable share of the slings and arrows from a frustrated fan base.

If you want to identify the low-hanging fruit in an internet sports writing community, look for the people taking shots at the quarterback of the team they cover before conference play begins.

This is not to say Vandenberg is off-limits or that all calls for change are unfounded, but fans and media alike, need to take a deeper look into each team's situation before piling on a 22-year-old whose underwhelming teammates have left him on an island where indigenous basement-dwellers run in rhythmic patterns from the staircase in search of meatloaf bearing mothers to computers where they damn the performance of hardworking student athletes under the blanket of anonymity provided by the handle TruHawkPimp42.

Benching an incumbent quarterback is a season-altering decision. If done early in conference play, it generally indicates you have a better option waiting in the wings who better fits the identity of your team or has a greater skill set to lead the team to their perceived ceiling. If done late in the season, it often indicates the failure of the team to live up to its perceived potential.

If done after two games, with no experienced backup, it means the veteran player has proven himself incapable of leading the team or your perception of the team itself has been altered to the degree you need to change the direction of the entire program at the cost of the current season.

I don't believe the Hawkeyes fit either of those descriptions at this point.

Let's look at some of the reasons Iowa's early offensive struggles do not justify benching Vandenberg.

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