At a press conference a couple of weeks ago, Geoff Collins dropped some jaws in the room when he said this:
“If you turn the ball over, you don’t play,” the Temple head coach said. “No exceptions.”
The worst part
is that a Temple
produce zero points
in a half and still
be allowed to start
the second half
I guess the “no exceptions” part means the “no exceptions unless you are the quarterback.”
Collins has a credibility problem going forward if he doesn’t keep his word and give someone else a chance to play quarterback next week. That someone else should be the one guy who has not turned the ball over yet, Anthony Russo.
Three interceptions and a bonehead intentional grounding call from Logan Marchi is not the worst part, although it should trigger benching clause in Collins’ verbal contract.
The worst part is that a Temple quarterback can produce zero points in a half and still be allowed to start the second half. That shows the players that the coaches have zero sense of urgency at a halftime when urgency should have been the No. 1 priority. Amazing not a single reporter asked Collins why after the turnovers and the goose egg on the scoreboard that he saw fit to send the same quarterback out in the second half.
Your job as a quarterback and an offensive coordinator is to turn the scoreboard into an adding machine. Since the offensive coordinator is not going to fire himself, and since Collins sees no need to, the only way to energize that side of the ball is to try someone else at quarterback. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back.
You don’t know it won’t work until you try.
Since we have it on good authority that the coaches have decided to preserve Toddy Centeio’s redshirt that means either Frank Nutile or Anthony Russo. We’ve already seen what Marchi and Nutile can do, what harm would it be to try Russo?
Marchi has produced 16 points in two games, 13 in one and zero in one (the USF game saw a defensive touchdown scored by the Owls) in four of the five games he started. That’s just not good enough.
Turning the ball over should cause you to sit.
Geoff Collins said so.
Or he lied.
Lying is not a good way to start a head coaching career.
Geoff, the truth will set you free.
It also might give the offense the spark that has been missing for what is now nearly half the season.
Tuesday: Fizzy’s Corner