With the revised Husker Coaching staff, I'm wondering if Taylor Martinez is the hands-down choice for starting QB. I have some questions about T-Magic. I have seen flashes of athletic brilliance mixed with some attitude problems. He seems to stand on the side lines alone, without much interaction between his Husker teammates. I have no proof, but I do believe his helicopter Dad was shopping his son during the semester break, without any positive results. I think his Dad has contributed a lot to this young man's ego issues. I guess we'll see what happens in 2011.
He's a Diva, he can milk the sympathy for a slight bruise and pout to get attention. I hope like hell that he's not the starting QB. We need somebody who is a team player, that is willing to take a few for the team and run the plays called by the coach.
We all are used to a running QB. Nothing better than seeing a guy fly down the sidelines, and we have maybe gotten away from what needs to happen now that we aren't running a smash mouth, option attack. The Big 10 will eat us alive if we don't have balance of some sort. Whether we are a full on power rush team, or a spread passing team, we need to pick one and mold the qb to run that type of offense.
For a position for T, I'd do the wingback or maybe receiver type position. He can catch the ball, better than Green can handle snaps, and he IS fast as hell. Watching him play QB tho and I'd bet his Y.A.C would suck. He likes to stop moving when somebody has their arms around him. Open field he's fine, but with defenders within 5 yards of him he's done.
I honestly have no doubt that Martinez will start. It won't change my opinion that he is over hyped and under talented. I think that he did a fine job when he had to break free, and was able to hand the ball off. However he has NO pocket presence, which could be because the line doesn't believe in him or for any number of reasons (but they protect Green pretty well). He quits on a play when he gets touched or if more than 1 guy is standing him up. He's a loner not a leader and that is what will be his down fall. Which in turn will be the downfall of the season and possibly the coaching staff.
This is the offseason and I HOPE that he has time to mature before the fireworks start after the spring game. That will be his next challenge. If he can learn to play WITH his team instead of FOR himself, then there is hope.
One thing that I've never liked about coaching is that a player will play himself out of a funk. And coaches will take the loss instead of putting in a guy who might change the complexion of the game. TO was the master of that and that is one thing that has always been an issue for me.