Got a comment from Maximum Bobcat earlier today asking me to speak with assistant head coach/co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Schultz.
After last Saturday’s 23-10 loss to Northwestern State, in which incumbent starting quarterback Shaun Rutherford and the passing offense didn’t have their best days, I planned on speaking to Schultz, so here is what he had to say about various topics.
On Rutherford’s costly fumbles — “We just have to do a better job of protecting the ball in traffic. We started working on that and had been doing some drills on that already, but we’re going to make sure we really put a really heavy emphasis on making sure we keep a hold of the ball in traffic.”
On the decision to pull Rutherford in favor of sophomore quarterback Tyler Arndt — “We needed to change things up, and we made some mistakes offensively. Let me tell you something, Shaun isn’t the only one that made mistakes. There are a lot of guys who made mistakes in that game. Like I told the quarterbacks many, many times: When things go well, we get too much praise and things go bad, we get way too much blame. You take out those four or five plays and Shaun had a pretty decent day. We ask him to do something just about on every play he runs. We ask a lot of our quarterbacks and he had a few bad plays the entire night and when you make a bad play at quarterback, it’s glaring.”
On the struggles of the passing game (83 yards against a team that allowed an average of 357.5 in its two previous games) —“We had a few missed balls and dropped passes. We’re not concerned with passing yardage. We’re concerned about scoring one more point than the other team. In the past, we’ve hit some really big play-action passes . We’ve hit some balls that have gone 60 or 70 yards. We had a few play-action passes that we missed on Saturday and if we did hit those, you’re looking at a completely different game.”
On whether or not there will be a change at quarterback —“[Shaun] is still our guy. What we do and how we handle that situation needs to be kept up in those offices. We’re not going to go into that in public. We’re going to do the very best thing for this football team, and whatever gives us the best opportunity to win. Our approach to that will be decided as this week goes on. Whatever gives us the best chance at winning is the path that we’re going to take.”