Welcome to a special Memorial Day edition of Monday Morning Quarterback here at Orange::44. First and foremost, I would like to extend a very big thank you to all current or veteran members of our Armed Forces who read this blog. I think I speak for everyone by saying we are eternally grateful for your service. We all know someone who has served, and probably someone who has given the ultimate sacrifice, and one or two days a year dedicated to what they do for us is not nearly enough.
Usually on Memorial Day, the Syracuse lacrosse team is playing for a National Championship. Or at least they would have made it to the Final Four. Well, we all know that that went south this year, at the hands of Army, no less. So, then, why would I be writing a Memorial Day post? Memorial Day traditionally marks the unofficial start of summer. And with summer upon us, that means the football season is just on the horizon.
Last year's starter, Greg Paulus, is trying to find his place in the NFL. I guess maybe I use "trying" loosely. At any rate, that leaves Syracuse with one big question (among others): who will be the starting quarterback come game one? I don't think we can answer this question. Obviously, coming out of Spring ball, Head Coach Doug Marrone listed Ryan Nassib at the top of the depth chart. So, reason would dictate that he would start in the fall, right? No. (See also: 2009 spring depth chart). Now, I'm not saying Nassib won't be the starter. I am saying spring is spring and it means nothing.
For Charley Loeb and whoever else thinks they have what it takes, there's a long time between the end of Spring ball, and when summer practice officially begins. Marrone reported some great things out of Loeb, and during the practices that media and others were actually allowed to attend (read: few) all reports were that Loeb looked as equally impressive as Nassib. Each, of course, has their own pros and cons.
Bottom line, I consider the QB position to be wide open. Then again, if I didn't, then writing this column would kind of be a waste of time.
Enjoy the summer!