Apart from the obvious OL woes we are facing, could the QB conundrum being discussed here and elsewhere actually tie back to the subject of coaching philosophy?
Case in point - Nick Saban (in a National Championship game mind you) replaces a QB who had lost a total of 1 or 2 gams in his 2 year career with a guy who had never started a college game. The coach was more worried about trying to win a ballgame than being second-guessed by the media for such a radical move.
In the case of Gus, he has demonstrated that he can be loyal to a fault when it comes to making bold moves that could be subject challenge by the fans or media should they not pan out as planned
“Stubborn” is an adjective that has been used to describe that behavior and it’s hard to argue against it. The real question is “why?” and what it will take to exercise that demon from him. His contract extension may exacerbate the problem, yielding complacency when a sense of urgency is required.
Real leaders are also risk takers, willing to take the heat when those risks fail. My fear is that Gus is playing it “safe” right now while all the other coaches are playing as if their jobs depended upon the next game, willing to take the calculated risks to accomplish their goals.
But it’s not all on our HC. We as fans have a role to play here, too, by encouraging him to become a bit more of a risk-taker by carefully measuring our reactions in those situations where the risks don’t play out as planned. Because we know that all of those outcomes will not be favorable, even for the best of coaches.