I'll say it right from the start: Curtis Painter might be the worst 4 year starting senior QB in the history of college football. If he breaks the all time BT career passing yards mark, it will be a travesty and be a perfect example of a QB benifitting from "they system" and not from his talent.
We were dominated by a weak Notre Dame team yesterday. Our QB missed his recievers, threw at their shoe tops, and tried the "100 mph throw for a 3 yard route" with expected results. The first quarter, the ND secondary could not cover Orton and Hardy, and you think "we can do this all day". But Painter couldn't. Locking into his first option, as he has his entire career, he threw into coverages that had no openings or simply threw it where it was't catchable. The kid has not grown from last season. At all.
Not to say that the defense wasn't exposed yesterday. Playing nickel back the whole game wouldn't be a bad strategy, but when your linebacker (Holland) is overmatched and built more like a safety, and your line is dominated by sheer size, well, you could run all day on us. And the secondary didn't come to play. Not one impact play in the secondary. Continually beat on long pass plays. I never understand why we play 10 yards off the reciever every freakin down. Blitzes didn't work, line penetration non-existent.
I just don't see a win in the BT Season. Maybe we can outscore Minny and IU, because their defenses seem as bad as ours, but Penn State and OSU the next two weeks on our schedule? We will be dominated and humiliated.
The talent on defense isn't there. The 4 year starting QB hasn't gotten any better. If it wasn't for Korey Sheets, we'd have no weapons at all on offense. (Him being helped off the field near the end of the game proved to be a shoulder problem, not the broken collarbone it looked like. He'll be back. )
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