Does this actually surprise anyone? Really?
ESPN has a short interview with Paul Chryst today where he states that Tino Sunseri will be the starting QB for the Panthers going into the 2012 season.
We here at the Blather have been trying to get you guys to prepare yourselves for this announcement for sometime. It wasn’t a hard call for Chryst to make.
It also makes sense as much as we may not want it to. Here is a rather telling point and one that some fans just have refused to believe:
He clearly was the best this spring that we had. You’re aware of the history but it doesn’t really matter for us.
Then here is this zinger.
“He’s got room to grow. If he chooses to grow, and I know it’s easier for us to say last year or two years before that doesn’t matter. It matters in the sense that you should learn from all of it, positive or negative. But it doesn’t matter going forward.
Look, let’s be brutally honest here and stop bullshitting around. It really doesn’t matter going forward because he is all Chryst has. He has no choice but to play Sunseri because of incompetence after him. However that “If he chooses to grow” comment leaves one wondering. What if he doesn’t choose to grow? Riddle me that Batman.
We just have no decent QB on the roster but Tino Sunseri and he’s suspect as hell. If anyone harbors any hope for any of the other four QBs, lets add Gonzalez just for more psychic pain, just let go of it now while you still have some sanity left…
“Chryst said nobody grabbed the backup quarterback job. As for what he anticipates for Chad Voytik once the four-star prospect arrives this summer, Chryst said, “First he’s got to get here. Then we’ve got to see how he picks up things. I anticipate him getting work. Legitimately getting work and then we’ll see.”
Got that? No – Body – Grabbed – the – Backup – Job. Not third year QB Mark Myers, not Shorty Anderson and not Smoke Gonzales. “It is a ship of fools we have here on the Southside docks, step right up and take the cruise.”
So what we have left is a long shot miracle that may or may not be happenning in training camp with Chad Voytik. But here’s a bit of advice. Don’t back the wrong horse…
“Coming around the clubhouse turn! It’s “Tino Time” with the big lead and… hold on! Here comes the Tennessee stud closing fast!!! It’s a horse race again folks, anything can happen….!”
… in our dreams.
Another aspect of this is that Chryst wants to get the offense personnel set as soon as possible and start instituting his playbook that first week of training camp. He needs a starting QB to do that. The fact that he said Voytik will get a legit look is nice but he’ll go into training camp with Sunseri and stick with him IMO.
But Chryst feels that he can coach Sunseri well enough to succeed in his offense and that may be the case. We’ll see. I tend to think Sunseri will not be the same QB we had last season and that he’ll be better due to his new comfort zone. I do not think we’ll look at Sunseri at any time this and think that he’s turned the corner or that his troubles are behind him though.
No, every snap will be an adventure again this season. Perhaps that 70%/30% run/pass split doesn’t sound to bad right about now, huh?