Ah, the good old quarterback position. It all starts and ends there. We saw how Kale Pick started the season, Jordan Webb came in to lead KU to a surprise win over 15th ranked Georgia Tech, and then KU got smacked on the road to Southern Mississippi. Now please do not let this post be an advocate to pull Webb, I haven't really had a problem with the freshman's play. I just want to provide some food for thought. Here are my reasons why perhaps KU could be better off to play Pick over Webb.
First, lets take a look at KU's offense as a whole. So far, the only thing we have really done effectively is run the ball. Webb has played pretty well, most notably he hasn't thrown a pick which has been big. However, for the most part we are moving the chains by pounding our trio of running backs and mixing in some short passing. The most effective run we have used is the zone read, which we almost always hand off to the RB (but could use the QB to fake the handoff and run it). My question is: if our offense is going to rely on the run, especially some zone reads, options, etc why not use Pick? Webb made a few plays with his feet but Pick could be deadly on the run. Maybe just go all in with a rushing attack with Pick and the RBs, and use the occasional pass? Tink aboot it, guy.
The other reason I thought a switch could be possible is when we aren't running and running and running, the majority of our passes are bubble screens and short throws. You are telling me that Pick couldn't execute the bubble screen? If we are going to handicap our offense no matter who is behind center and only throw screens and short passes, couldn't we at least try to get another threat/dimension out of the position?
My third point is for being the "better passer" of the two, I haven't been impressed really with Webb's throws more than 10 yards. Against Southern Miss, most of his passes that were even remotely downfield were way off. I know he is still young and has time to develop, but some of those passes were ugly.
I also wonder about the quick switch at QB. Was Pick that bad against NDSU? He wasn't good, but was he that bad? The coaches said he was clearly the better QB during the spring and summer and earned the QB1 spot, was that just an attempt to give him confidence?
Like I said earlier, I have no problem with Webb in at QB. He hasn't turned it over and played fairly well, especially for a freshman. I'm just starting to wonder that if we are truly going to be a rushing offense and only use short throws, screens, etc mixed with our rushing game, would Pick be better suited for it? I'm not sure. All I know is our offense looked like crap last night. Discuss.