A season that began with projections of TCU contending for a Big 12 title ended bowl-less in an era when every team receives a postseason invite. Blame the offense.
One of the first items of business will be for GP to move around a handful of his offensive assistant coaches, and hire Houston OC Doug Meacham to fix his mess of an offense. Godspeed, sir.
Meacham may be great, but this ain't about coaches - the man needs players. Sorry, athlete-students. Sorry, student-athletes.
Adjusting the offensive scheme will be a four-kegger party compared to figuring out who exactly will play on offense next season. The receivers were a disappointment, the offensive line was bad and now there is no quarterback.
Find a quarterback, the world is solved and contract extensions magically appear (see Sumlin, Kevin).
If GP can find a QB who can throw the ball accurately many of his problems will be solved. The problem is that it appears that none of the QB's currently listed on this roster are an obvious choice to play the most important position on the field for this team next year.
This has not been an issue at TCU for years, predating Andy Dalton's tenure which began in 2007.
TCU's best quarterback is gone. Casey Pachall's time with TCU was not a failure, but ultimately it will be judged as a missed opportunity. Props to the player for putting his life together, but as far as production it was a miss.
TCU's second-best quarterback is now its best wide receiver. Trevone Boykin is not an accurate enough passer, and too valuable as a receiver. He needs the ball in his hands, but this team is only going to go so far with Boykin as its passer. If he wins the QB job, it will be by default.
This leaves Tyler Matthews, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt who will be a sophomore next season. While no one has said this, it is apparent by the little Matthews played in 2013 (4 games, 0-for-3 passing), TCU is not sold.
The other quarterbacks listed on the roster are freshman Zach Allen (6-3, 194) and Carson Snyder (6-4, 190). They're options, but they're not.
TCU's best option is likely not on campus yet. Foster Sawyer (pictured) is a 6-foot-5, 215 pound senior at All Saints high school in Fort Worth. Reportedly, he picked TCU over Alabama, UCLA and Oklahoma State (always be skeptical on the "selected School X over School Y"). He has yet to sign, but all signs point to his sticking to his word.
There are, and will be other QB's, to pledge their allegiance to TCU on National Signing Day, but Sawyer is it.
From a physical standpoint Sawyer has it. He is only going to fill out, but the drawbacks are he has never played a down of college ball, and he was a private school kid.
TCU's offensive problems are not limited to the quarterback, but if GP can find a good one many of his troubles will solved.
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