Saturday, September 11, 2010


Kansas QBs judged rapidly


Kale Pick and Jordan Webb signed up for the Evelyn Wood speed-reading class for college football defenses. Their checks cleared. So look for them to make their reads as if they had a combined 35 starts now, instead of one.

It’s just that simple in today’s world of instant gratification. Just think, it used to take a pony to get a letter from here to Colorado. Now all that’s required is one press of a computer button and in seconds your message arrives halfway across the world.

Head coach Turner Gill and offensive coordinator Chuck Long shoved both quarterbacks into a microwave earlier this week and in 60 seconds every aspect of the job reached full maturation.

For most quarterbacks, barring freaks of nature such as Todd Reesing, it used to take years for athletes manning the most difficult position on the field to learn what to do when and why not to do something else. Bit by bit, the good ones blossomed from overwhelmed athletes too young to order a drink and given to making bad decisions into quick decision-makers thriving under pressure.

Now, thanks to the Evelyn Wood speed-reading class for college football defenses, and to microwaves, all quarterbacks are as good as they’ll ever be after just one week on the job.

Such is the standard by which modern athletes are judged. Thankfully, it doesn’t work that way. If it did, so much of the viewing pleasure of sports would vanish because so much of it comes from trying to forecast which players will develop into top performers, which will fade into the background.

Pick earned the start last week, Webb today against Georgia Tech.

“The quarterback position didn’t have a great game,” offensive coordinator Chuck Long said of the 6-3 loss to North Dakota State.

He quickly shifted to what he liked about the two novices.

“There were some examples of them staying in the pocket, taking some hits and keeping their concentration down the field, which I thought was pretty impressive for young quarterbacks that had a redshirt on the entire time they’ve been here at Kansas,” Long said. “They hadn’t had a hit yet, and they stood there and took some shots.”

Most of the lessons learned came from mistakes.

“The interception down in the end zone, those are things you have to learn from,” Long said. “You can’t make those critical mistakes down there, and Kale knew that. They’re both very green. They haven’t played that position since high school, basically, and it’s going to take some time.”

Long was quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma when Jason White was green and was offensive coordinator when White won the Heisman Trophy. He knows what to show quarterbacks willing to swallow their insecurities and listen. So does Gill, who at Nebraska was position coach for All-American quarterbacks Tommie Frazier and Heisman winner Eric Crouch.

Speaking of All-Americans, former KU QB David Jaynes (1971-73), a real thoroughbred, will make an appearance in the lobby of the Oread from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The Budweiser Clydesdales will also be there from 10-10:30, though they probably won’t make it all the way into the lobby.


Dickless Head 11 years, 1 month ago

Ressing was not a "freak of nature." He was a great quarterback.

Great quarterbacks are everywhere. Oklahoma, Texas, USC and dozens of other schools have them, and they are better their freshmen year than ours is his senior year, normally.

To me, Pick performed better than Webb in our first game. He made some bad mistakes, but made some very good plays for his first start.

Webb looked more rushed to me, and we had about 10 false starts while he was out there. That makes Gill's decision to start Webb confusing to me. Actually it WAS confusing, now it makes sense. Gill is panicking and trying to do something to keep everyone satisfied, to make it appear that he has a handle on things. Another coach used to do that, Terry Allen.

Bill Kackley 11 years, 1 month ago

Webb did not look great but he definely looked better than Pick. Pick looked like a deer stuck in headlights. But instead of critizing the q-backs and coaches, let's get behind them. I personally don't see anything wrong in letting them both play, both get college game experience in the non-conference games and then evaluate them on games, not practices. Games count, practices don't. Anyone ever heard of the GREAT practice player who couldn't get it done during games?

Robert Brock 11 years, 1 month ago

If we have already given up on the running game then Webb makes sense because he is a better pocket passer.

phi4life940 11 years, 1 month ago

Funny since GT has weaker rush defense than pass defense. Hopefully we can somehow pull off the upset today!

Rock Chalk!!!

KWufan 11 years, 1 month ago

Webb performed better than Pick? Did we even cross the 50 with Webb in the game? Both QB's were woefully inexperienced, playing against an underdog that became more confident with each fumble, penalty and generally passive play by the Jayhawks. We performed like we were playing a scrimmage, which I can see happening with a lower level opponent. This team does not have room for mistakes if it expects to win. Did Webb have more zip on his passes? Yes, he is definately a nice prospect. Did Pick look that much worse? No, he missed the RB in the flat, probably the last read on the play and made a youthful mistake. Personally, I thought Kale would do some mad Todd scrambles to get the play lengthened and get receivers open. That's what made Todd so good in the beginning. Teams got smart and kept their pass rush around him to keep him in the pocket, hence his not as good senior season. Give Pick a break, he wasn't worse than Webb, by a long shot. At least we were down by the goal line with him, Webb didn't even come close.

JVZMan 11 years, 1 month ago

What is your opinion now? It looked like Jordan got them close to the goal line with 3 td passes. His INT wasn't his fault, however it goes to his stats. Pick threw an INT in the endzone, that could have been the game changer, it may have also cost hin his starting job because Webb got the job done against a better team.

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