August 18, 2008

Two Steps Back

Today, Ralph Friedgen announced that Jordan Steffy will be under center when the Terps take the field against Delaware on August 30.

I'm so despondent now about the Delaware game, I've turned to mocking Delaware's busted-ass sorority girls for solace.

So the Terps will take the starting job away from Chris Turner, who led the team to a comeback win against Rutgers, a victory over Matt Ryan-led top-10 Boston College, and a shutout over NC State to seal up a bowl bid, the Terps' first trip back to a bowl after two seasons shut out of it. They give the ball back to Jordan Steffy who pretty much gave away last season with an interception against Wake Forest that was returned 101 yards for a touchdown and brought the Deacons back into the game.

Look, I was super excited when Steffy came here. I lobbied like hell for him to get the job over Joel Statham. The kid has insane raw abilities, and supposedly is the best quarterback in practice.

But as Iverson says, "you talkin' bout PRACTICE." The problem with Steffy is that he gets the ultimate deer-in-headlights look on the field. He rushes his decisions, does not have nearly enough accuracy to hit our receivers deep, and although he has speed, doesn't decide to tuck the ball and run until it's too late.

Chris Turner supposedly does not practice well. But he has a cannon for an arm, something we really could have enjoyed with Heyward-Bey running down the sidelines on a deep flag pattern. He has brass balls and ice cold blood running through his veins. He earned the respect of his teammates. And he's got way better accuracy, something you can't underestimate the importance of when running a west coast offense.

Steffy's career numbers: 14 games played, 5 games started, completed 58.2% of his passes, two touchdowns, six interceptions.

Turner's career numbers: 11 games played, 8 games started, completed 63.5% of his passes, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions.

Terp fans... did Fridge make the right decision? This blogger says no. But methinks this was not Fridge's decision. This has the fingerprints of James Franklin on it trying to make his stamp on the program.

5 Responses:

Stephen said...

Is it me or does this look like Ravens QB issues when its more of a competition on who sucks less? I could be waaaaaay off base here, but neither of their numbers particularly impress me.

J-Red said...

That would be accurate I think. Josh Portis is supposed to be the stud, but supposedly he can't grasp the playbook. Considering he was almost academically ineligible and has been caught cheating on a test, that's probably true.

big tuna said...

I am very concerned about which quarterback will lead to better fantasy numbers for Heyward-Bey. It sounds like it is not Steffy. Is that right?

J-Red said...

Hard to say Tuna. We might be so inept on offense that we resort to running a lot of semi-trick plays, like end arounds and slot receiver options. Steffy is okay at running the option.

Max said...

Numbers and abilities aside, Turner has the necessary attitude for standing tall in the pocket and putting it on the line. Steffy, unless he has greatly improved during the offseason, does not.

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