Random Thoughts: NU's QB Shuffles
daCoach
Publisher, Purple Reign
Posted Sep 28, 2006


It started up in Kenosha - C.J. Bacher, the presumed successor to NU's Brett Basanez at Quarterback suddenly wasn't playing. Word was that a very painful leg injury stopped him from showing what he could do on the field. Eventually he was sidelined with a boot, and didn't dress for the first 3 games.

Its right there in the Sun Times
Although Mike Kafka's strained hamstring did not limit him during practice Wednesday, Andrew Brewer took the majority of the snaps with the first team for the second straight day. Fitzgerald said he won't announce his starting quarterback until shortly before the game. - [Chicago Sun-Times]

Essentially, Andrew Brewer is the guy running the first team this week.

Everyone can draw their own conclusions, but unless Kafka has a miraculous recovery from that hamstring injury, the one that sidelined Terrell Jordan last year, we'll see a different QB Saturday.

Through all this, we haven't heard much about or from last spring's front runner, C.J. Bacher.

As someone who lives with constant pain in my feet and legs [heck, I'm getting old], I really feel for C.J.

He's the guy who carried the clipboard for Baz for two years, learning the Randy Walker's version of the spread, and rarely getting on the field in games because NU had Brett Basanez running the show. Now he's standing around the sidelines wearing a protective boot.

I can remember folks in chat rooms writing about how C.J. would pick right up where Baz left off. I believed them.

A painful stress fracture in his right leg, the leg he plants to throw, has limited his practice time and while we saw some flashes in the Kenosha scrimmage, C.J. just hasn't had the opportunity to step up.

On a personal note, I've been lucky in that my starter at QB from last year came back this year. He already knows the plays and knows what it takes to win a game. First year guys have to learn that, sometimes the hard way.

I don't blame the coaches for developing the two younger QBs - C.J. may not be able to play until the end of the season, even though by then he might be neck and neck with Mike Kafka - the issue is that both have to stay healthy.

The NFL has learned that to win regularly you need both luck and a pair of decent QBs who can get you thru injuries. They have 16 games, college has 12, but QB injuries take the same number of games to heal.

Northwestern has CJ, Mike K and Brewer on the depth chart, but with all the injuries, we may just have Brewer this Saturday.

The good news is everyone's back next year, there's another already here, and fifth lighting up the Bethlehem PA area every Friday night with his running and passing ability.

Those who want victory now may be disappointed, but as we take our lumps this year, remember that at least one other QB figured he'd take Baz in their Sophomore year.

The Brett Basanez who stepped up and won the job, also got all the career records.

I wonder which ones our 3 - 2 deeps QBs will chase and get?
-- da Coach

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