There’s a lot of talk surrounding the South Carolina Gamecocks and their two “proven” quarterbacks–Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson. There are even rumors that Steve Spurrier might use both players in a two-quarterback system in 2013, which is a very bad idea.
Look at the Texas Longhorns–this team has never been successful with a two-quarterback system, from the Chris Sims/Chance Mock/Vince Young days to their current carousel of passers. The Old Ball Coach should learn from Mack Brown‘s mistakes and stick with one true starter if he wants his top 10 team to have any chance at a national title in 2013.
Sure, Thompson played very well during his time filling in for Shaw in 2012, and Shaw played well while he was on the field, but that doesn’t mean the two should play together. If Spurrier decides to start Thompson over Shaw, then he should go for it, but he absolutely cannot allow the players to simply split time because he can’t decide on a starter.
Having a different signal-caller in the huddle grinds on the offensive players’ nerves, so Spurrier needs to pick one and stick with him. Truth be told, it should be Shaw, the upperclassman who’s been around the block. Thompson had two 300-yard, three-touchdown performances in 2012, but one of them was against East Carolina in a 38-point, blowout win. Shaw was the man carrying the team against the big boys, although neither he nor Thompson could handle LSU or Florida.
Do the right thing, Steve–pick one and stick with him. Your offense may be about “fun” but that should include winning, and a two-quarterback system never equals success.