RE: Blake Bortles to take over as starter?
Timbo, I've been mulling this over all season. Here's my conclusion.
What would Godfrey's running game been like had he been given a better offensive line play selection? Both quarterbacks have their strengths and weaknesses, it's just that Godfrey's weaknesses were exposed by the pass heavy offense. He's not accurate beyond 15 or 20 yards. The threat is still there, but not really.
Don't get me wrong, I'm of the opinion whoever is doing better should get the starting call. We can't afford lapses of more than one down if we are going to play in the Big East, especially with our OOC schedule next year.
This is why we need BOTH quarterbacks, in a new playcalling style that utilizes both quarterbacks on the same play.
-Bortles is tall, with a large build, and has running ability (to the extent that Godfrey has passing ability). Hit the weights a bit, practice with the FB's and TE's and bam you have a blocker on every play, or a potential passing target.
-Godfrey is fast, nimble, and clutch when it matters. He's a natural running back, and he has a short passing threat. Bam running, catching, throwing threat.
Line them up, split back (make sure the center is specialized) with "Wild-Knight" potential.
-Standard play formation: 5 O-linemen (emphasis on run blocking versus pocket protection) and both QB's. You can have a 4 WR package, 2 TE / 2 TB package, a combination of the two... etc.
What would you do as a DC against this type of playstyle? What could you possibly do? If you blitz to try and stop the run, there are so many passing options you will get beat every time. If you protect against the run, with many people on the line, you leave it open deep. If you spread yourself to try and cover all options, you will either create holes in the defense, or not move fast enough to stop the first downs. We are BLESSED with two very capable quarterbacks, and it is on Taafe to make this work. We could have the most unstoppable offense in the country if this is planned out right, and with training in the right areas.