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Monday Morning QB - 11/16/09

It's time for a change.

Editor’s Note: The following article is a weekly feature from Orange::44 correspondent John Brennan (twitter @jbren) that runs every Monday morning called Monday Morning Quarterback, assessing the quarterback situation of Syracuse football.

Welcome to the twelfth edition of Monday Morning Quarterback here at Orange::44. This will be short and painless, unlike the game against the Cardinals.

Syracuse will not be bowling this year. With a loss this past Saturday against the Louisville Cardinals, Syracuse clinched another losing season and knocked itself out of bowl contention. And what led to this loss? A lack of offense. Clearly, this team misses Mike Williams. With the rest of the receiving corps sucking a big one, Syracuse had to rely on running the ball.

Greg Paulus ended the game with a fantastic stat line: 12 of 16 for 89 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. When I say fantastic, I obviously mean shitty. Not his fault, just nobody to throw to. Ryan Nassib, in the few snaps he received, didn’t do any better: 2 of 5 for 21 yards.

So what does this mean? It means that Doug Marrone still thinks Greg Paulus is the guy that can best lead this team to victory. Quite frankly, he might not even like Ryan Nassib. I think we’ll get a better idea of that in these final two games of the season.

Now that we’re not in “must win” mode, it’s the proverbial time to start thinking about next year. Obviously, Greg Paulus is not part of next year’s picture. And in the interests of having something to talk about, I’m gonna create a quarterback controversy right now: Charley Loeb vs. Ryan Nassib.

I think it’s time to give the ball to Ryan Nassib and give him the vast majority of the snaps. Whether he’s the guy next year or whether it’s Charley Loeb, Ryan needs to get as much experience as he can right now. Charley obviously won’t be getting that, due to the red shirt, but it’s important for Ryan to get more experience. Quite frankly, I’m really anxious to see Charley Loeb play, and I’m curious as to how he’s been looking in practice.

As for Greg Paulus: thanks. You brought a buzz to the program, overall had a pretty good year, and while they didn’t always translate into wins, you put up some decent numbers. But your time here is done. You knew this was only a one-year gig anyway, and now that Syracuse will be home for the holidays, we don’t *need* you to help us win. Because winning right now isn’t a priority (assuming it has been up until now). Help these kids learn the game, help them learn your leadership qualities. But I don’t think we need your services under center at this point.

The Weekly QB Watch
Going into the upcoming game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the probability of starting is as follows:
Ryan Nassib – 60%
Greg Paulus – 40%
Cam Dantley – 0%
Charley Loeb – 0%
Other – 0%

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1 Responses to “Monday Morning QB - 11/16/09”

  1. # Blogger JC SMOOTH

    Steve Kragthorpe has set the Louisville Football program back over 20 years or "B4S" (BEFORE SCHNELLENBERGER). The Cards should go after Central Florida Coach George Oleary.


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