As we prepare for the first game of the Gary Andersen era at Oregon State, we start with an ominous precedent The much maligned “Two Quarterback System.” Many have heard the old adage in football that if you “have two starters you have no starters). Basically this implies that if you have two QB’s, you don’t have any legit starter good enough to win the job.
OSU has three QB’s on their team that are all relatively close skill wise. They are all athletic, all young and all new to what OSU is doing this year. As a normally positive fan, even I have to admit that there is a lot to be afraid of and a lot of questions with this approach.
First of all, no QB can be comfortable as every series will feel like a try out, mostly because every series is a try out. This staff wants to be in the best position to win. If someone cannot get it done, they are not going to be at the helm long. This Beaver team by its very nature, will be a run first team. That seems to lend itself to the talents of Seth Collins. Unfortunately, all successful running teams need to be able to pass from time to time. If they get behind, OSU will need to be able to get some yards quickly through the air. Even in the run game, the Beavers have to be able to force the defense to spread out, or punish them if they bring too many players to the line of scrimmage. This is more the domain of McMaryion and Mitchell.
You can win with game managers if your defense is top notch. Stanford has shown this, along with UCLA, UW and Arizona at times last year. Unfortunately, OSU also has a lot of questions on defense, so there is a chance that they are not going to be able to get away with trying for long scoring drives and hoping their defenses can slow down their opponents. When the Beavers are in a spot where they need points, who is going to be the player that steps up and delivers.
Ultimately, the two QB system is not ideal and my hope for OSU is that someone steps up and owns the job. My hope is that by the end of the Weber State game, it is obvious who that is. Or, more importantly, at the end of the Michigan game. Having a change of pace is not a bad deal for teams, but ultimately, you only need to change pace when you are struggling. Hopefully the Beavers don’t see that need any time soon.
Go Beavs (PRO)