David Cutcliffe Makes Right, Quick Decision On Quarterback But...

Mike KlineAnalyst ISeptember 14, 2009

DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 18:  Head coach David Cutcliffe of the Duke Blue Devils watches the action during the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

David Cutcliffe made a smart coaching decision by quickly announcing Sunday that Thad Lewis would be his starter for this week's show down with the Kansas Jayhawks.

But I have only one problem with the way Cutcliffe went about it. It really is such a minor thing and I hesitated to even bring it up, but felt compelled to do so.

In his statements Cutcliffe said, "I don’t like having two quarterbacks. We don’t have two quarterbacks. Thad’s our quarterback, but we’re not going to be afraid to play Sean [Renfree].”

No problems there coach, but what bothered me was when you started making excuses for Lewis.

He went on to say, "He’s just missed practice a bunch. He threw about half the balls that Sean threw during training camp. He didn’t get a lot of work and I think it’s showing a little bit. We’ve got to get him back in rhythm, back feeling comfortable back there and he will."

Cutcliffe indicated Lewis was one of several players who had caught the flu and missed practice time.

In my book there was absolutely no need to bring that up. You are the head coach so what you say, for all of us spectators, is the alpha and omega. It ends with you and begins with you.

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If you tell me Lewis is the man, I'm okay with that, mainly because I don't have a choice and you could careless what my opinion is. But there is also the fact that you are the head coach/quarterback guru and know more than I will ever know about that position.

There is no need to tell me Lewis isn't 100 percent.

He clearly said he didn't want to create a quarterback controversy, however, as most know quarterback controversies nine times out of 10 are created by fans and media not coaches.

If a quarterback controversy manifests as a result of Renfree's good play and Lewis' not so good play then deal with it if the questions come.

While I agree with his decision and swiftness of it he may have opened up a small door for criticism of his starter.

If Lewis doesn't play well at Kansas then Cutcliffe will surely face questions about whether or not Lewis is 100 percent and if he isn't why isn't Renfree playing more.

So for the coaches sake I hope Lewis steps up and win or lose has a good game, because the last thing Duke needs right now on the wake of the positive of beating Army is a controversy.

Just ask Coach K. He has had to deal with one or two of those.

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