Northeast Ohioans love a good quarterback controversy.
Or maybe it's just that they hate the starter.
Whatever the cause, it seems like the Browns' most popular player is the one holding the clipboard. That trend always disturbed me, and I feel internally inconsistent in that I have led a charge to get Matt Rodgers some playing time.
Well, I'm professing today that I have changed my tune. Chris Jacquemain is the starter, and he deserves to play until proving he has regressed from last season.
If it was any other year, Akron should go with the running quarterback with a higher ceiling. But this year is the most critical in the team's history. The Zips will garner interest from people who did not even know Akron had a football team in Division I. With a bowl appearance, the team can sucker these people in to becoming long-term fans. With another sub-.500 season, these people will say, "Nice stadium, but I've seen enough."
That said, the risk-reward analysis favors handing the ball to Jacquemain, who improved from his sophomore to junior years and should profit from Walt Harris and Shane Montgomery's guidance to become a better player as a senior.
Before, I had pushed for Rodgers to get meaningful playing time, even if Jacquemain kept the starter tag. Now, I'm thinking Rodgers' only appearance should be in blowouts or in specific situations in which the coaches determine Rodgers skills are better (i.e. Tim Tebow at the goalline, circa 2007).
What do you think?