University of Minnesota football coach, P.J. Fleck, announced he is going to go with a 2 quarterback system. I’ve never been fond of a 2 quarterback system and haven’t seen it work too often. A few that have worked:
- Florida won the national championship in 2005 with Chris Leak as the starter, and Tim Tebow brought in for red zone attempts.
- LSU won the national championship in 2007 with Matt Ryan and Ryan Perrilloux. They both were utilized for a specific strategy, that was a reaction, to the defense.
- Ohio State recently played with a 2 quarterback system, and arguably was successful with it. The quarterbacks were different types, one a good passer; the other a strong runner. Besides Cardale, and J.T. Barrett, they had a 3rd option if all else failed, in Braxton Miller, their former starting quarterback, and now wide receiver.
Reasons for using a 2 quarterback system:
- They are both talented in specific ways. So each is played to hopefully take advantage of each’s strength.
- They are rotated in a manner that confuses defenses.
- The coach doesn’t have confidence in one guy doing the job.
- You are much more prepared in the event of injury.
Reasons for not using the 2 quarterback system
- You can easily lose your rhythm. Each quarterback has his own cadence, which causes off-sides and other penalties, when switching.
- Each quarterback has a different style of pass, which the receivers have to remember for each series.
- Team leadership is lost. There isn’t that leader you need in the fourth quarter, when you are down, and need to score.
- It can cause players to transfer, so they can play more, and lead the team. Look at all the transfers that have taken place in last 10 years.
- Having to split time takes the confidence away from both. Confidence and a little swag in college, is a must for the quarterback.
Let’s hope one of them stands out in the early games, and he then earns the starting role.