The lead in today’s roundup will once again start with uncertain situation at QB. As of right now Dorrell is planning to start Cowan, but nothing is etched in stone yet. Dohn reports:
"That's the scenario at quarterback."
Cowan was cleared to practice last week, but Dorrell decided to hold him out and give the medial collateral ligament more time to heal.
However, part of Cowan's game is predicated on the ability to avoid the rush and make plays out of the pocket. Dorrell said the coaching staff will pay close attention to Cowan's maneuverability the next three days.
"We'll get a chance to evaluate him during the week," Dorrell said. "That's why if everything goes according to plan, he'll be the guy to start the game.
"If not, then (Bethel-Thompson) has been our most experienced player that has played, so he'll have the opportunity to be the backup and then we'll continue to work with Osaar and Chris Forcier to get give them opportunities to play, if need be.
"All of those scenarios will work themselves out by the end of the week. The bottom line is we have to see how Pat is, from a health standpoint, and we'll make some determinations later in the week about the rest of them."
This is a critical week for Dorrell and the Bruins, who emerge from a bye week to arrive at their midseason crossroads. They are an equidistant six games from either winning a conference title or exposing a more serious crisis.
Where the Bruins go depends first upon where Dorrell points them and what Dorrell inspires them to accomplish. They should have been 6-0 now instead nursing a 4-2 mark with a blowout loss to No. 11 Utah (44-6) on Sept. 15 and an implosion defeat to the Fighting Irish.
Meanwhile, Chris Foster in the LA Times has a Cowan v. Olson comparison article with human interest angle, which doesn’t have to do with actual game stats, production, and record. The tone of the article is predictable depicting Olson as the reserved/older/mature guy while Cowan being the loosy/goosy/people person. None of this comparison really means much to me. I don’t really buy all that much into demeanor and how it impacts a QB’s play. From what I heard Cade McNowne was a huge pr!ck to his team-mates at times. However, it never impacted their performances during games. So spare me if I don’t get swayed by the sentiment that Cowan just may be the better option because he is more popular with his team-mates. I think given the doofus they are playing for, our entire offense is doomed no matter who is in charge. I loved this note about Cowan though:
But Dorrell is confident in the Bruins' secondary, led by senior cornerback Trey Brown, the national leader in passes defended.
"They have experience at wide receiver. We have a great deal of experience in our back end, too," he said. "We had a little bit of a rough start coverage-wise, but those things have been shored up the last couple of games and our team is playing very confident on the defensive side right now. They're excited about this challenge that's in front of them – this offense that we have to defend, that has tremendous balance. They know about those three guys in particular, so it's something that we're looking forward to."
As always no pressure Karl.