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October 28, 2009

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If I was a QB that had committed to Tech/Leach, I would take a step back and re-think my position. After last spring Leach made Potts the starting QB and said he was one of the best he had coached. After the Texas game Leach has nothing but high praise for Potts. After the Houston game, Potts is the nation's leading passer and Leach takes the blame for that loss due to his mistake in play calling. Potts is on his way to a 500 yard day against New Mexico and gets the concussion after being mugged by the ferocious Lobo defensive line (sarcasm intended). Sheffield steps in and plays well. Sheffield throws 7 TD's in the KSU game (Potts threw for 7 TD's against Rice earlier in the year lest anyone forget). Even though cleared to play, Sheffield starts against Nebraska and does well, but gets beat up by the Huskers (Note: the trend is for Tech QB's to get brutalized when the Tech OL has to play against a decent defense). Sheffield is out due to an injury sustained against Nebraska. Potts starts against A&M and is on his way to another 500 yard day but has two INT's and a fumble (the fumble was caused by a blindside hit allowed by the porous Tech OL) before being yanked when Leach obliges the student chant of "No More Potts". Doege comes in and plays well, but also fumbles and the Aggie defense drops one sure INT. However, to think Potts was the reason Tech lost to A&M is absurd. The Tech defense gave up nearly 600 yards of offense to A&M and let's not forget the fumbles other Tech players lost and the 4th and 1's that were not converted. Anyway, if I was a QB headed up to Lubbock I would start looking for alternatives because, at Tech, under Leach, you can (1) lead the nation in passing and lose your job while injured and (2) be replaced if the student section demands it during a game.

The comment above has to be made by somebody who reads the box score on Sunday, rather than actually watch the game. If you watch the game, you understand that the QB in the Tech system is required to change calls as needed based on the defense, keep a good offensive tempo, complete passes in all phases of offense, and limit mistakes. If you can do those things, you will be successful in that offense. As much as you may want Potts to succeed, he failed particularly with tempo and limiting mistakes (interceptions). That equates to Tech not scoring, which means you give the ball back, which leads to your defense being on the field too much, which leads to a long day. The defense did play their worst game of the season, and it is a team sport, but a QB should be able to lead the team. That is why Potts finds himself as a backup, and likely a 3rd stringer when Sheffield is healthy.

ISN'T IT A SHAME THAT WE ARE ALL
ARM CHAIR QUARTERBACKS AND HAVE
THE ANSWERS. WOULD NOT LIKE TO
BE IN ANYONES SHOES AT THIS TIME.
TAYLOR POTTS IS A FINE, FINE YOUNG
MAN. AND, MIKE LECH A GOOD COACH.
SEEMS LIKE A NO WIN SITUATION...
WE'LL STILL BE THERE ON SATURDAY!

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