elsmith4 wrote: Mick Jagger accused me of majorly crossing a line saying Coan can make better throws than Horni... Well another great performance by our main man, Alex Hornibrook. You can't possibly tell me Coan would've done worse in this game.
Not only was Horni bad today, he was bad pretty much all year, except for the Iowa second half. He really hurt this team time after time and his job has to be in jeopardy next season. As for today - to make the decisions he did is just head scratching and I hope this wasn't the case - but did he play today to hang onto Jack Coan's red-shirt?
QB's that have played for 3 years shouldn't make the throws he did today, so it makes me wonder if he was truly ready to play
. Coan and Mertz should get every chance to be the starting QB next season. For this team to have a 44 yard pass as its longest pass play of the year is very telling.
I was surprised & sorry to see Hornibrook starting this game today. While I still believe he can make throws that Coan can't make, I thought Jack Coan, based on his late-game performance vs Purdue, would've carried more momentum & confidence into today's game than Hornibrook did, after not playing for 3 & a half weeks because of getting his bell rung twice in 3 weeks.
I believe there is little doubt the Badgers decided to start Hornibrook because he had passed the protocall and they wanted to preserve Coan's redshirt by not playing him in a 5th game.
In other words, they made a decision that Coan's extra year of eligibility was more important than winning today's game
, as evidenced by not only starting Hornibrook, but by allowing him to open the 2nd half and keeping him on the field throughout a myriad of 2nd-half errors & blunders. I think Danny VandenBoom could've afforded to play in the 2nd half without blowing his redshirt. And, if so I believe he should've replaced Hornibrook at some point in the 2nd half.
It was fairly evident Hornibrook was not even close to his normal standard of play. He appeared, physically & mentally slow, confused and incompetent. Unfortunately, the 3 and 1/2 week layoff from 2 significant brain injuries, was simply too much to expect him to return to form. I would not be surprised nor would I object to an open QB race in Badger Spring Ball. Hopefully, competition will bring the best out in Alex Hornibrook, Jack Coan, Danny VandenBoom and Graham Mertz
, should he enroll in the spring. My the best man win.
Also, as other posters alluded to, throughout the season, this team was, at times, including today, emotionally flat, prone to questionable play-calling on offense and assignment-poor & tackling-challenged on defense. Other than the linebackers, graduation & injuries left the D-line and secondary depleted & decimated more than folks anticipated at the beginning of the season. To say the Badgers under-achieved, would be an understatement.
There are many parallels between the 2018 Badgers and the '94 Badgers coming off a 10-1-1 season and Rose bowl win. Those '94 Badgers had almost everyone back, especially on offense, were ranked in everyone's top-10 coming into the season, yet finished the season 8-4.
With Nebraska and Minnesota seemingly on the rise, the Big 10 West is not about to get any easier in 2019. Next season will be a very tell-tale one for Bucky. Where this program and the West Division are headed will be much more clear by the end of 2019, than it is right now.
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