With regard to Paulus, Jason Forcier, etc. I keep hearing that there is no downside; best case they play, worst case they add depth.
I disagree. I think either could be an unwelcome distraction, rattle the freshmen's confidence, and take away from valuable practice reps. I am more positive on the idea of Jason Forcier as coach. I don't love him playing.
Frankly, I don't want Denard watching Tate from the sideline in a Forcier brother sandwich between Chris and Jason. I don't want him running off the field to greet the whole family on the sideline--imagine that level of pressure and weirdness as a 19 year-old. I don't want him, or Tate, losing practice reps while we try to get a wild card one year guy up to speed.
The way I see it any QB that starts in 2009 (Sheridan excluded) is equally "new" in the sense that they are fairly unfamiliar with our offense, have little to no game experience, etc. I appreciate what can be gained with 3-4 years of life, but they are all UM QB infants this fall. It is no step forward in that regard. And unless you feel we are markedly better in 2009 with one of the new post-grads, why slow the development of Tate or Denard?
As a disclaimer, I do trust what I have heard with respect to the Forciers being great guys, positive, team-oriented. I don't doubt that and I am also receptive to the argument that they may raise the comfort level and confidence of Tate. But I am concerned about the locker room dynamic of having all of them together. Perhaps I am being overly sensitive here but I would prefer to give Tate and Denard a fairly even balance of power within the team space. I just don't see how that can happen if the whole family is here; no matter how wonderful they are.
And Paulus. I mean, did anyone not hate him at Duke? Sorry to be childish about it, but I think Brian's editorial decision to include that video is fitting for anyone that watched him play. I wish him well (somewhere else).