Speaking at Big 12 Media Days, Kansas Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis said Monday that dropback quarterbacks no longer seem to have a place in college football.
Weis made his comments while talking about the changes that he has made in his own offense for this season, shifting from a pro-style to a spread offense. Via NFL.com:
"I think the true dropback quarterbacks have been exposed. And that's one of the reasons why I changed what we're doing."
This spring, Weis wasted no time in naming sophomore Montrell Cozart his starter for the season, and while discussing his signal-caller, he cited the type of athleticism that Cozart brings to the table as reason why employing a dropback passer is like "playing 11-on-10."
"In this offense that we're running, I think athleticism at the quarterback position is a critical factor, and (Cozart) definitely has athleticism," Weis said at Big 12 Media Days. "Besides being able to stand in the pocket and deliver, I think that that added element, either on called runs by [the] quarterback or just [having] scramble ability to bail you out of some trouble situations, gives us a better chance to score more points."
Having worked with quarterbacks in his day like Tom Brady and Brady Quinn, Weis' thoughts could seem a little surprising, but the veteran coach seems to be changing with the times.
Kansas went 3-9 last season and had the worst offense in the Big 12, scoring just 15.3 points per game.
- Jack Jorgensen