Notre Dames kicks off their 2016 season this weekend against the Texas Longhorns. Can the Irish balance a two-quarterback system if they wish to be successful this year?
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly stated a few weeks ago that he would like to run a two-quarterback system this year with the Irish.
Under Kizer, Notre Dame would go on to 8-3 — falling short to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl game.
It comes as no surprise as to why Kelly would want to feature the two quarterbacks throughout the season. Zaire is a proven talent and the same can be said about Kizer, who showcased what he was capable of all throughout 2015.
Despite this, ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge isn’t fond of the two-QB system.
"“As a former quarterback, obviously I’m not a huge fan of playing two quarterbacks,” Blackledge said on Monday morning. “But, by the same token, I’m not necessarily all-in with the idea, the adage, ‘If you have two quarterbacks, then you really have no quarterbacks.”“In today’s world of college football, I think you have to have at least two guys ready to take first-team reps and ready to play at a high level because of effectiveness of quarterback run game in offenses today. The offenses that are really prolific, you either have an NFL-type quarterback who can make every throw or you have an element of quarterback run, and when you do that you put the guy at risk.”"
The only downside to having two quarterbacks share reps throughout a given season is that oftentimes, quarterbacks need to get into rhythm as the season progresses. It does no good to a quarterback’s confidence to be pulled out if they are suffering from a bad game, in favor of the other quarterback in the same system.
On the other side of the argument, Ohio State won the CFP National Championship for the 2014 season with an offense that saw multiple quarterbacks under center throughout the year. Although this was also mainly due to injury, many teams have taken after the blueprint to try to find success of their own.
We very well may have to wait until the season progresses to see how Notre Dame fares featuring two quarterbacks, but many teams would also consider themselves fortunate to be in such a situation.
Notre Dame begins their quest for the College Football Playoffs when they take on Texas Sunday, Sep. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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