From all that I read in English: "The coaching staff and I made some mistakes." "Our QB situation is as bad as we thought it would be." "We are going to do the best we can with what we got." "Don't ask for anyone else, because they aren't going to do any better that Mac did anyway."
There are plenty of young men about to accept schollies to UMass or James Madison or Georgia Southern or Montana, or for that matter East Carolina or Wyoming or Toledo, who you can get to commit to a BCS school if you decide you need them badly enough. I don't know the JUCO count so I won't go there. And it's certainly true that we don't necessarily know what they were thinking. And, certainly, P had little to go on.
I do believe, however, that Morehead was very high on Nebrich and thought at least one of McCummings, Box or McEntee was competent to transition us there. If not, you would have heard rumblings because we would have been calling every non-BCS QB recruit in the country. Or at least some of them.
It does make you wonder how good Morehead is at evaluating QB prospects.
That may be right, FS. But what's interesting about it is that there is no sign whatsoever that when the staff changed and P and Deleone tried to figure out what they had -- or when Morehead talked to them after Edsall left -- they were concerned enough to start inquiring about a JUCO QB then. If Morehead didn't think he had the answer on the roster, why didn't they?
And don't tell me Russell Wilson. 90% of the teams in FBS would have gone after Russell Wilson. I mean why weren't they concerned enough to be taking the best JUCO they could? We had room on the roster anyway.
Actually this problem goes deeper. You have to wonder if anyone at UConn pre 2011 was any good at evaluating QB prospects. And. . . time will tell with P. May need to burn about a dozen of next year's scholarships on this one position along until it somehow, someway gets fixed.
I could be wrong, but I believe Nebrich was Moorhead's first QB recruit here (other than Endres, who he recruited while at Akron). I'm having a hard time putting any of this on the current staff. P came in a couple of weeks before signing day. His first priority was to keep the current class together and fill a few more spots. To expect him to come in and fix this by finding a JUCO QB in a matter of weeks is a little unfair. We have no idea what was out there in terms of QB's.
What we can conclude, and one area where everyone can agree, is that we've done a very poor job of evaluating QB talent since we signed Orlovsky back in 2001. As the head coach, a lot of that is on Edsall. But, he ain't the only one guilty here.
He already did something Randy Edsall would never, ever do on his own.