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I think Jimbo had a tough but successful season. He was really caught in a tough spot with EJ. Its his nature to work hard in developing QBs and he is good at it. His experience was that most QBs would develop over the course of 20 or so starts. At the first part of the season it appeared that was happening for EJ, but it really wasn't. It became apparent after Thompson went out that EJ wasn't improving in key areas and his weaknesses were glaring [pre-snap reads, throwing long over the middle, throwing the ball away,etc.] hence his frustration spilling over at the games. Each week he would work with EJ in practice and each week EJ would make the same mistakes again. EJ had simply reached his potential, but Jimbo was not going to give up on EJ. His stubbornness had worked well in the past, but here it didn't. Ej would show flashes of brilliance and productive play, then go back to his mistakes, so there was always hope he had turned the corner. Jimbo left EJ playing late into games to allow that to happen. Virginia Tech was a high point with the late TD. Unfortunately, it all came crashing down when UF came to town. EJ was simply bad, something he had not been previously. At that time it was impossible to demote him and keep the team together. Someone before the season mentioned that EJ had reached his potential. I didn't think he was right then, but it now looks like he was correct.
I think with better QB play, all this angst about play calling goes away. Not that there won't be "monday morning quarterbacking," [3rd and 1 play calling is my pet peeve], but when you can beat the blitz by throwing over the middle [something EJ couldn't do] you force the defenses to back off and open up running lanes. I'm sure the next QB will have there own weaknesses to overcome and hopeful they can to become a truly elite QB.
The really vexing think is that EJ is really a better QB when he runs the ball. Why that didn't happen more often is a big question?
At the end of the day, we are ACC champs for the first time in 7 years and playing in a BCS bowl game again. This is progress no matter how we got there. EJ has been a great football player that has made that happen despite his limitations. Jimbo will turn to our next great QB and whoever he is, will have an opportunity to lead this team to even greater heights!
For the first time in a long time, I feel confident that we are among the nations elite again. I heard ND has 29 seniors on their team. Our team was still relatively young this year compared to that. We will lose some wonderful football players, but the bulk of our team will be back and be that much bigger, stronger, more experienced.
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