Through four weeks, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones has had a lackluster performance that makes his strong finish en route to a national championahip a distant memory.
What could be the reason for Jones’ significant drop off in efficiency and production?
Well, according to at least one coach, it could be none other than the Buckeyes coaching staff and their gameplanning that has been holding Jones back from his true potential.
“They have three different game plans every week,” a coach told Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush.
“One for Cardale, one for J.T. and one for Braxton [Miller]. You know how hard that is offensively? Then they’ve got other guys that want to get touches too, in running back Ezekiel Elliott and their other wideouts. [If] you’re more worried about touches than you are about moving the ball in your game plan … you look very average very quick. That’s really, really hard on them.
“They’ve got to decide on one [quarterback]. If the other one’s unhappy, tough s—.”
It may be a bit harsh, but it is the truth.
Ohio State is doing no favors for anyone on their offense by keeping everyone guessing about the quarterback situation. Until that is settled and Urban Meyer 100 percent commits to one man, the offense could remain in a funk.
The good news for Ohio State, however, is that Jones is currently listed as the lone starter for the first time this season.
Perhaps this is a step in the right direction.
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