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Golden: It would make no sense for Tom Herman to bench starting QB Sam Ehlinger

Posted September 5th, 2018

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes:

On why Tom Herman can’t bench starting QB Sam Ehlinger:

Tom Herman threw his full support behind his starting quarterback while wearing different hats during his Monday media availability: head coach, English professor, embattled spin doctor.

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After Sam Ehlinger coughed up two interceptions in a frightful 4-minute, 26-second span of the fourth quarter in Maryland, no one would have blamed Longhorn Nation for sending out the famed bat signal.

Seems like an SOS would have been more appropriate.

S-ame O-ld S-am.

So the sophomore quarterback is still turnover-prone, and Herman hasn’t gotten him to the point of making smarter decisions when it matters most. No news flash there.

But for those of who you believe that it’s already time to call upon junior Shane Buechele to take over the reins in what just became a must-win home opener against Tulsa, think again.

It won’t help to bench Ehlinger.

At this stage of his career, he’s an average quarterback, and he won’t make it to above average or better by donning a clipboard and a ballcap. Besides, Buechele isn’t much better. He’s a tad more accurate and throws a better deep ball, but he’s cement-footed in the pocket, not very good at avoiding that first wave of pass rushers. Ehlinger can get yards with his feet and, at times, throw a good ball.

So leave him in there and let him grow. No sense in panicking, despite the Maryland gut punch.

“I don’t think — certainly Sam didn’t play perfect, but nobody did, and his errors weren’t egregious enough to merit just dumping him on the depth chart,” Herman said when asked about a possible QB switch. “So you’re going to — if you start doing that, you’re going to start riding a roller coaster, and we’ve got a tremendous amount of confidence in him.”

On the bright side, Texas doesn’t have to play the Terps in 2019.

On Herman and “Of Mice And Men”:

Did you hear the one about Tom Herman advising linebacker Gary Johnson to polish up on his Steinbeck?

Herman insists the Horns lost the opener partly because they were simply trying too hard to be perfect. Then came a literary analogy, out of nowhere.

“He had never read ‘Of Mice and Men,’ ” Herman said. “I told him he needs to read ‘Of Mice and Men.’ It was kind of Lenny with the rabbit and with George. Lenny wanted so badly to touch the rabbit and play with the rabbit, and he squeezed it so hard, he killed the rabbit.”

So he wants Johnson to read about a wascally wabbit when Texas can’t even beat a bunch of turtles?

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on reporters being bullied by coaches and the Dallas Cowboys cutting Dan Bailey, click here.

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