It Is Time for Cal to Rebuild: Kevin Riley's Tenure Is Done

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IOctober 4, 2009

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Kevin Riley #13 of the California Bears looks for a receiver as he rolls out in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 42-3. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

I remember the last time Jeff Tedford had a quarterback like Kevin Riley, he benched him after playing terribly and started a much younger quarterback. The Bears are at this point now.

Riley is not the answer at quarterback. He never has been except for one great performance in a bowl game as a freshman. Since that time he hasn't done anything to warrant being a starter for the Bears team.

Last year, splitting time with Nate Longshore, he barely completed over 50 percent of his passes. This year is more of the same and in fact after this performance today he's going to be looking closer and closer to the 50 percent completion percentage.

Riley has never built any kind of rapport with his receivers and he's coming into his second year as a starter. It's time for a change.

I recently read that Beau Sweeney has overtaken Brock Mansion as the back-up to Riley. Well now it's time for the back-up to become the starter. Riley is done as a Bear, just like that last quarterback who showed this kind of ineffectiveness.

The last quarterback that Tedford that showed this kind of inconsistency was Joe Ayoob a Junior College transfer. Ayoob didn't even make it on the field for his senior year except for mopup duty.

It's time for Tedford to make the change, Riley is not the answer as the quarterback for the Bears.