Horns blowout wins are fun and we have seen the past two road games come under the dominance of our defense and a revived onslaught of our offense. The recent success is bringing to light some concerns though.
We have a very talented 5 star recruit watching Colt tear up the Big XII record books and rightfully waiting his turn. The problem however exists when you take a winner and competitor like Gilbert and put him in a situation designed for mediocrity at best. The mandate is to run out the clock, keep the ball, and don't make a mistake. You are then given play calls for runs straight in to the teeth of eight man fronts with safeties no deeper than 7 yards off the ball. You are doing this with a 2nd or 3rd team offensive line and cold running backs. The inevitable no gains leave you third and long. You are then asked to complete a pass to cold receivers who attempt to catch your pass with their facemask instead of their hands, or who feel it's not necessary to stretch or jump for a ball that you are forced to throw over a linebacker yet underneath a safety while being blitzed again.
Such is the role of a mop-up duty, but is it the best way to groom your back up QB and up & comer? It seems to me that you would want to put him in real game time situations with a chance to perform with the first unit for at least one or two series of downs. This has not been the case for Garrett Gilbert. Would it tarnish the image of mercy on a beaten opponent to put in your true freshman QB for some legitimate snaps?
I like all that is Texas right now as I jump, shout, and fist pump every highlight. This is just a thought that I could only vent with my dearest of pundits here at the BON. We are on a roll and I am on board. We are at the level now where we look for ways to improve our situation and better ourselves for things that we will face in the future, hence the question. Should we give the mop to someone else, or change the model?
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