Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Steffy out, Turner back in

That didn't take long. Jordan Steffy will miss at least three weeks with a ligament injury to his thumb and will be replaced by Chris Turner. According to the coaching staff Steffy hit his hand on the helmet of a Delaware player in the third quarter, giving way to Turner. That means that Turner will play against Middle Tennessee, California and Eastern Michigan. Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times reported that the ligament tore away from the bone on Steffy's right thumb. I have only limited medical knowledge but I do know someone who has had a similar injury and I think it is going to be more than the three weeks if it requires surgery. He'd be lucky to return by the bye week which would mean his next game action could be against Wake Forest on October 18.

I knew that Turner would see the field again but I would not have guessed it would be after the first game. Friedgen's pride wouldn't allow him to admit that starting Steffy was the wrong call but the injury has forced his hand. For his part Fridge engaged in a spirited and slightly bizarre defense of Steffy to reporters the other day. Some of the things he said gave me even more reason for concern than his explanation for benching Turner in place of Steffy. It is clear from his comments he has a deep personal loyalty to Steffy. It is nice to hear him talk so glowingly of what fine character Steffy possesses and how hard he works to prepare. Unfortunately college football isn't about starting a player because they are the hardest worker or nicest kid. They have to also be able to produce. In light of his die hard defense of Steffy's inability to preform in games I would only ask Fridgen this: Is it far to all the other kids on the team who work their butts off, play just as hard, deal with injuries and are also fine young men to jeopardize their team goals in an attempt to reward one individual who unfortunately can't perform up to par?

The answer is obvious. I think part of Friedgen's problem, like most offensive coordinator/head coaches, is that he is too involved in the quarterback minutia. Steffy has gotten a fair chance this year and last. It is time to consider the needs of the rest of the squad and move on at quarterback.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

right on the money as always!Turner now has his shot! But what about Portis? I found it strange that he got in for three or four plays and it seemed they weer identical plays....

jeff said...

what comments would you propose for friedgen to make about jordan? "good thing he hurt himself, turner is better anyway"???? any coach who would say anything other than what ralph did has no business coaching college football. maybe the pro's, but not college. these are kids who "commit" to programs out of high school and need direction, and college coaches know that

Esquire said...

Why did Friedgen feel the need to say anything about Steffy, Jeff? Steffy is injured and out of the picture for at least a month if not longer. That should have been the end of the story. Friedgen should have taken the heat for a dumb call on his part instead of trying to lamely excuse it by asserting that Steffy is a good kid, as if that is a relevant issue to his credentials as a starter. Friedgen is the one keeping the story of Steffy's flop in the media. Friedgen did not allow Steffy to answer questions from the media after his dreadful performance in an effort to protect him. Fine with me, but don't come back a few days later and pretend that the questions surrounding this QB debacle are illegitimate or even mean spirited. Friedgen made a decision based on emotion, as is obvious by his reaction after Steffy's flame out, and he screwed up. He knows it.