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Is a "win now" culture a QB problem?

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Transferring quarterbacks have become all too common. In the Pac-12 alone, six of his 12 starting quarterbacks have been transfers, a situation not unique compared to the rest of the college football world. His second article with FishDuck explored this issue. Alumni Transfer Quarterback: Savior or Usurper, Looking at the case of Vernon Adams When Dakota Pulcop.

But now it’s 2022 and Oregon is starting transfer quarterbacks for the second year in a row. Ty Thompson When Jay Butterfield Compete for the second string position. Both were top recruits out of high school, but neither made it onto the field as a starter. This begs the question of whether there is actually quarterback development within Oregon’s program.

There are some developments going on behind the scenes, but the biggest problem is the need to win quickly. You can take the lump. Coach has to win now.

It was that pressure that brought Adams to Oregon in 2015. Marcus Mariota Leaving the NFL program, Oregon had plenty of talent to compete for the Pac-12 Championship and possibly even a playoff spot, but all those dreams came crashing down when Adams broke his finger. Did. it amazes us, What if it didn’t happen?

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Adams had great success overall in Oregon. He brought great energy and carried the team on his back to win many games Oregon should not have won.So next year Mark Helfrich He turned to transfers again to lead the team to a winning season in Montana’s Transfer Pulcop.Pulkop was fine Justin Herbert Coming as a starter in a bad season when he had the chance to play, as his growth outweighed his need to win, this proved to be the main factor in Helfrich losing his job. But that his biggest problem in 2016 wasn’t even his quarterback play or offense. This was, overall, more productive than any Cristobal-era offense. The biggest problem was defense.

Gary Breedlove

Vernon Adams was the savior of the 2015 season. There was no real option to put a quarterback behind him.

The fact that Helfrich chose to transfer for the second year in a row shows that the pressure to win outweighed the growth of the players on the roster – and that was before the transfer portal went into full effect. has facilitated the movement of college football and made quarterbacks appreciate the commodities of programs in transition. I meant no. The program can bring in more experienced and pre-developed transfer quarterbacks to help the team win quickly.

Anthony Brown It was brought in as a quick fix during the Cristobal era after Herbert graduated.To be fair, 2020 has been a strange year Tyler Schoff I was actually on my first job and lost to Brown. Then in 2021, there wasn’t even a quarterback competition. Ty Thompson, Jay Butterfield When Robbie Ashford Split the reps by 2 and 3.

During the season, Brown maintained the top spot, partly due to Cristobal’s play of not losing the mentality that Oregon won most games by one score. There weren’t many opportunities for Brown to go to the bench and allow one of the backup quarterbacks to get a few live game snaps, and Oregon had his 10-win season, but had his 100th place on the roster. It came at a cost of not being able to raise him one of three freshman quarterbacks.

Craig Strobek

Anthony Brown led Oregon to a 10-win season, but fans wondered if he should start.

We are entering another transfer quarterback year. Bo NicksKnicks feels he was a safe option for the new coaching staff.attack coordinator Kenny Dillingham Working with the Knicks in Auburn in 2019, Dan Lanning I spent the last three years in Georgia studying Knicks on film to prepare Georgia’s defense against Auburn. Knicks was a known number on the team with his two scholarships his quarterback of unknown potential.

Right now we are in the same situation as we have been in years past, not developing future quarterbacks. Coaching turnover certainly hasn’t gone a long way in quarterback development, but each coaching staff has a ready-made starting quarterback fresh out of high school. Herbert was an anomaly ready to play in his freshman year. Most quarterbacks who enter college need time to develop.

This lack of development doesn’t just apply to coaches. High-ranking quarterbacks don’t get into college, they get into college with the hope of starting, and if they don’t start, they transfer. That expectation is only heightened with hefty NIL salaries coming to top recruits. You’ll demand to see these highly rated players for the hype.

By all accounts, Thompson isn’t ready to start in Oregon. He looked better than we’ve ever seen against Eastern Washington, but still made a few mistakes on the field and didn’t seem entirely confident. That hasn’t stopped us from continuing to demand the highest rated starting quarterback in history.

The culture of college football has changed, and the pressure on coaches to win is greater than ever. Even the years of reconstruction are unacceptable. Fans feel like they have to make a decision: Do you want the coach to take the time to develop the young talent, or do you want the coach to guarantee a win this season?

David Marsh
Portland, Oregon
top photo contributors Eugene Johnson

Natalie Lieberber, The volunteer editor for this article works in the financial technology industry in SLC, Utah.

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