After watching Wheaton's offense struggle for the 2nd consecutive week, I feel it necessary to expand on a few of your comments Mugsy. I'm completely baffled by the QB situation right now. Given that AB2 has now started the last 2 in a row, with only a brief cameo from JP11 in the Carthage game, it seems as if AB2 has been designated the starter. As I've stated before, I'm not a fan of any kind of rotation, be it intra-game or inter-game, so part of me is glad to see that a decision has seemingly been made...
...that said, I feel strongly that the wrong decision has been made.
Here are JP11's cumulative career stats:
Passing: 221 of 337 65.6% 2,864 yards 26 TD 9 INT Yards/Attempt = 8.50 TD/Attempt = .077 INT/Attempt = .027
Rushing: 188 carries 892 yards 12 TD Yards/carry = 4.75 TD/carry = .064
Here are AB2's cumulative career stats:
Passing: 170 of 292 58.2% 2,538 yards 22 TD 8 INT Yards/Attempt = 8.69 TD/Attempt = .075 INT/Attempt = .027
Rushing: 157 carries 709 yards 8 TD Yards/carry = 4.51 TD/carry = .051
Statistically, almost identical outside of the completion %. However, we all know there are many intangibles that go into leading an offense that go beyond the stats. This is where, IMO, Johnny Peltz separates himself. The offense just has a different feel when he's leading it. ..................It's time to go back to your SENIOR CAPTAIN.
I agree with what you are getting at about the intangibles and the play of a QBs teammates--there'a a reason they are not both captains--but that's hard to quantify. In terms of numbers I think that completion percentage difference is huge. That's 2-3 more in-completions that often happen on third down and end possessions. In fact, I would venture that a difference in passing accuracy is more pronounced on third down. In a game where Wheaton might have to come from behind (ie UWW last year with 50 pass attempts) that's 3-4 more in-completions from Bowers possibly with a similar number of possessions ended that wouldn't with Peltz.
I try to give the Wheaton coaches the benefit of the doubt, and I think they believe Bowers speed ends up extending more possessions to make up for that difference? While Bowers is faster, the numbers don't support their conclusion.
The pessimist in me says Swider is keeping Peltz and the real Wheaton offense under wraps until the Bell game.
In 2014 Wheaton had a 5 or so "bad" wins with the offense looking below average with Reece Butler and Andrew Bowers playing quarterback to start the season. Right before Bell week, Peltz took over at QB put up >30 pts against NCC and the offense didn't look back. The pessimist in me says Swider keeps Peltz on the bench (some kind of reverse nepotism). The optimist says Peltz gets the ball this week, Bowers speed gets on the field in the slot, and Wheaton doesn't look back.
I agree with giving the coaches the benefit of the doubt. After all, they know the calls, correct reads and watch practice every day. They see how both QBs interact with the team and lead. We can only watch on Saturdays. However, it is pretty remarkable that (what seems like) every Wheaton supporter believes the coaching staff is making the wrong pick... I find that very interesting.
Well, we only watch Saturdays but Saturdays are all that count. It is very remarkable that every Wheaton follower and every d3 follower who watches Wheaton (wabash, elmhurst, north central fans, etc) see Peltz as the better QB. Is it possible every single person out there is wrong and Mike Swider is such an amazing genius and knows better? No way! Football isn't that complicated.
The other Wheaton players aren't dumb either and don't think this isn't having a ripple effect on the offense.