But sometimes, circumstances overwhelm. I've had several people call me a "Crane apologist," and I suppose it's fair for people to think that. So I'll try to further explain my position on this mess under center.
A commenter to this blog said that with a decent QB, BC would be 7-1. This is very true. However, with an above-average high school kicker, BC would be 7-1, too - even with Crane as QB. To pin all of the team's problems on Crane is short-sighted and unfair.
Crane is a very poor quarterback. I think everyone agrees with this. But that does not mean that all of the team's problems are his fault, and it certainly does not mean that Dominique Davis is a cure-all who is going to turn our season around.
There isn't one skill that Davis has that's better than Crane. We've all seen how bad Crane has been, and yet through spring practice, summer practice, and through limited game action, Jags hasn't seen anything to convince him that Davis is better. Shouldn't this tell us something? I get the sense that Jags would do whatever he has to do to win and isn't going to be stubborn just to prove a point.
The only convincing argument to play Davis, IMO, is that the presence of a new quarterback might give the rest of the team a 'spark' and add a little confidence and energy to their game. I've pooh-poohed this idea, but I'm starting to be convinced that it's a reasonable argument.
I do think Davis should get snaps and I'm curious as to why we haven't seen him for a few drives per game.
But in the end, the starting quarterback has to be the one who gives you the best chance to win, and as sad as it is, that quarterback is Chris Crane.
With that knowledge, our coaches need to call plays that are aware of Crane's limitations. I'm not calling for Bible-ball, but would lining up in an I formation be terrible every now and then? Do we have to go out of the shotgun every down, even when on the 1 yard line? Must almost every play be a mis-direction? Must we call for Crane to roll out and throw across to the other side of the field so often?
I'd heard rumblings in the spring that we were going to run the option... we have done very little of that. Crane can move, and running the option a few times per game with Haden or Harris could add a nice element to our game. Why not?
It's foolhardy to give up on the season right now. 5-3 is not what some of us would have hoped for, but it's still a solid record, and the current fear of losing out is nothing more than overreactionary panic and defeatism.