The first time I made cookies was a complete disaster.
I spilled flour on the floor and idiotically tried to clean it up with water and paper towels. When that failed, I tried to vacuum it up, but with the added addition of the water, the flour turned into a goo that clogged up the vacuum cleaner. Before I knew it, the smoke detectors were going off because the vacuum cleaner was about to explode. When I finally finished, the product tasted more like burnt rubber than a cookie.
But the next time I made cookies, they were marginally better. Same with the time after that. Then, after a few tries, I could be counted on to make a spectacular batch of average cookies.
The problem with Terrelle Pryor is that he's still blowing up vacuum cleaners. He's not getting any better. I see the same mistakes and bad habits each week.
He holds onto the ball too long. He doesn't set his feet. He locks in on one receiver. He tries too hard to make a great play instead of taking a good one. He never throws the ball away.
I could go on and on.
But I could live with it if I saw some improvement. It would at least give me the hope that he could one day turn into the stud QB that so many people expect him to be.
But at this point, I don't know what to expect.
While most of the blame has to rest on TP's shoulders, the job of a coach is to put his players in a position to succeed while developing their skills.
Right now, it's questionable whether Tressel is adequately taking advantage of his players' abilities.
Pryor is a runner (at least in this stage of his development) and Tressel is trying to make him a pocket passer. I understand Pryor wants to go to the NFL and Tressel wants to help get him there, but with Pryor's current skill set, it would be better for the team to take advantage of his running ability.
Oh, but the blame doesn't stop there. Nick Siciliano was promoted to quarterbacks coach after last season with almost the sole purpose of developing QB Terrelle Pryor. And obviously, the results aren't where they need to be.
Part of developing players' skills is providing an environment conducive to improvement. One of the main ingredients to this is competition. Competition within the team leads to players constantly working harder to stay in front of their backup.
Pryor had this competition last year, but this year, there is no real competition. Unless Pryor gets injured or the game is out of hand, Joe Bauserman won't come in for back-up duties. It's not anyone's fault that Pryor has no competition, but it's not out of the question that may be having an effect.
Every Buckeye quarterback in the Tressel era with the exception of Pryor has gone through at least some kind of a quarterback battle. Over time, through great play, some quarterbacks earn immunity to worrying about being replaced; but Pryor hasn't earned this yet.
It's possible he's been given too much too quickly because of the unique position he was put into.
Now, it's definitely important to remember that Pryor is only a true sophomore. All of this could be an overreaction to the Purdue debacle, but if there's no improvement after over a year of being a starter, then there's no reason to expect a large improvement over the next couple years.