This is not meant to be another Tate vs. Denard thread.
Tate is our starter, that's the way it should be.
What I'm questioning is how frequently, and *when* Denard is put in... or rather when he is *not* put in.
This is something I've been thinking about since the MSU game, and just really felt it again bigtime today.
Why was he not in more? Yes, 1 fumble, 1 INT, I know... but... It seems like when he's put in isn't really at an advantageous point in the game. When he's put in, it seems like it's at points in the game where Tate is unproductive, and thus, there's no momentum on offense. Denard is essentially being put in when we're at a decided situational disadvantage.
For example, I was hoping and praying that when we had that short field near the end of the first half (when we scored the FG), that RR would put Shoelace in. No dice. I thought that was the perfect time for him to go in. With a short field, and a somewhat low pressure situation, seems like that would be a great time to give him some good reps and put him in position to flourish.
Furthermore, in most of these games, he's been getting in for 2 or 3, sometimes 4 drives.
I would love to see Denard in more, perhaps getting 35-40% of the reps.
This would benefit Denard's development, and I think make things easier for Tate, because the more you mix it up, the more the defense is going to be on its heels and constantly having to adjust.
Further along those lines, it seems like most of the time they aren't mixed in during the same drive. Either one of them will play the whole drive.
Why not mix them in more during the same drive to keep the defense on their toes and constantly having to adjust?