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the last game of the season, it is obvious that Spurrier prefers Thompson over Shaw.
This post was edited by Lattimorefan45 19 months ago
Not sure I agree on that - but Spurrier does prefer a healthy Thompson over a hurt Shaw! That's all I would read into that. And maybe coach has been a little frustrated that Shaw just can't seem to stay healthy. Looking ahead to 2013, that's definitely a concern of mine (glad to have DT).
This post was edited by ee3 19 months ago
You may be correct. If so, why isn't he starting Thompson?
Spurrier...I appreciate him plenty
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
George S. Patton.
Spurrier only cares about winning. We have two different but good QBs and it's a real luxury.
I would think he wants Michigan to spend time on both.
Thompson may be more of a Spurrier style QB and if we were running the old Spurrier style offense he may start but for the offense we run now Shaw is the starter.
No it is not!
Spurrier chose to start Thompson in Clemson. He said afterward that Connor could have played, but he decided to let Thompson have the whole game. I think he'll start Connor in the Outback so that he can finish the season, but I expect to see Thompson getting a lot of time in that game. I also think that they'll battle it out in the spring, and I think Thompson will win the starting spot. Thompson runs the plays that are called, passes the ball, stays in the pocket and lets the plays develop, has the stronger arm, has proven that he can run, enables the offense to hold the ball longer thus resting the defense, and has tremendous leadership potential. The receivers like getting the ball, and the defense likes not having to wear themselves into the ground.
If Thompson is this good with only two starts under his belt, what could he do in an entire season?
Sorry, but DT went up against two horrible defensive team, so not to say the kid can't play, but not sure LSU's defense would drop those INT chances he threw up against cu.
DT has the advantage of a gunslinger mentality over Shaw, but his accuracy leaves a lot to be desired, I'm hopeful that we get good play from both but that one of Noso or Mitch can push the other two.
Thompson has played well against 3 bad defensive teams. While he has played well in relief of Shaw, it's impossible to judge whether or not he is a better fit than Shaw considering his only substantial playing time against good teams was Vanderbilt and Florida, and he looked quite pedestrian in both of those games. In fact, we don't even want to bring up how bad he looked against Vandy. His numbers, in comparison to Shaw, are based on poor competition and the fact that Shaw has been hurt the entire season. Looking at this objectively, I don't think Thompson will beat out a healthy Shaw in the spring. Shaw, when healthy, makes the offense more diverse.
Left to right: Reed and Blondie,
I agree with this. Spurrier hates it when Shaw does not throw the ball when he calls pass plays, he HATES it. The receivers have to be tired of running routes all day, and not getting thrown to as well. I like Shaw, but I also like Dylan, and our receivers. I think OP has a good point.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
I think it's a wash really....Thompson has played well against bad defensive teams and Shaw (the offense) hasn't played that well against good defensive teams so do we really know who is better? It'd probably be about the same if the situations were reversed. Connor just has more experience but Dylan has come a long way since earlier in the year when he played.
Exactly. We can't lose sight of who we were playing. That is basically two CUSA defenses.
I cannot agree SOS has a preference over either QB. Strategically, it's a good thing making Michigan prepare for QB's thta are dramatically different type QB's. Shaw is a solid passer but a major threat running the ball. Thompson has a big time arm, but is les of a threat as a runner. What we do not know if Shaw's shoulder and foot have healed 100%. It may well be that SOS feels he'll have to use both to finish the game.
I do know this, Dylan has played well enough to has earned some PT. When he's in the game, we have parts of the passing game available that are not when Shaw is in the game. That's not slamming Connor. He's a warrior and I am 100% in his corner. Making Michigan prepare for both QB's mean they will not has as much time to be effective defending either.
We show be greatful we have QB's this good to even make it an issue..... real or imagined.
If the called pass play runs people down field and leaves a sure wide open 15 or more yard gain like last year, ANY QB would be stupid not to take it. When Conner started hesitating and tried to hang in the pocket just to hang in the pocket, he became less effective. Shaw will never get the long runs on a scramble play after the blocking breaks down. The Charlie Ward type QB that we want has a great natural instinct to see the play and go, The coach can't make that play happen.
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