The question of the day - and of the last few weeks - is what to do about the quarterback situation. We've all had our moments (including CRN, and probably Chow at some point) of wanting Craft gone. He's made some incredibly bone-headed plays, and hurt us big time against Cal. Yet at the same time, without him under center we probably lose to Tennessee and Stanford. He's led us on two incredible fourth quarter comebacks, and I think all of BN appreciates him and his toughness. Every time we want to bench him, he seems to prove us wrong. That's what's made it so hard to go to Forcier.
Now, I think we can all agree that Craft is a better passer than Forcier. If Forcier was a better passer, he would be the starter due to his mobility. But because of our lack of a running game, it forces Craft to be better than he actually is. When watching teams such as Texas, Oklahoma, etc, do you ever notice how open the receivers are? Sure, Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford and co. are great QB's, but I'm guessing with the time those guys get, and the wide open targets they throw to, KC would put up pretty impressive numbers as well.
But clearly, we're not Texas or Oklahoma when it comes to offense. And the difference is the running game. Texas and OU have great running attacks to go with their QB's. By spreading the field, combined with the threat of the run, teams are forced to drop safeties, in the box and single cover the wide receievers. McCoy and Bradford then have all day to sit back and pick apart single coverages.
Since we don't have a running game, we need a way to take pressure off of our QB's arm. And the only way to do that is to bring safeties into the box, and to force linebackers closer to the line. And to do that, we need a running attack with a pulse. That's why Forcier needs a shot. True, he's a less accurate passer. But with the added dimension he brings, he won't have to be as accurate. With the threat of his legs, the WR's will see more one-on-one coverage, and there will be less safety help. I think we can agree that the WR's have impressed this year, and I for one am confident that they can beat single coverage - at least well enough to give the QB a good lane to throw the ball.
The point of all this is that we're not getting the job done on offense. And while it's not all KC's fault, his skill set isn't right for our personel. We need the threat of a running game - however we can get it. Forcier provides us with that. And I'm confident enough in his arm (after all, he was a top 20 QB recruit) to believe that he can complete passes with at least the same efficiency as KC if he has 1) more time, and 2) less coverage on the WRs.
So that's my view. I personally really like KC, and I love all that he's given to the team this year. He's one of the toughest guys I've ever seen play the QB position. It's really really hard to want him on the bench. But the fact is that we need to try something different. At the very least, Forcier will give us something different on offense - something I think we're all looking for.
Either way, I'll support CRN and Chow. But I really hope that Forcier at least gets a shot in a game; not just in practice.