Joe Theismann: J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones ‘really couldn’t play quarterback’
Joe Theismann has figured out why Ohio State’s offense struggled last year.
The College Football Hall of Famer and longtime NFL QB told ND Insider that Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett “really couldn’t play quarterback.” At the end of the quote, he describes them as “just OK.”
“The guys at Ohio State (in 2015) really couldn’t play quarterback. That was their problem,” Theismann said. “When you don’t have a 1, you have a couple of 2’s, you don’t know what you’re going to do with them. One becomes a quarterback, and the other you’re not sure of. I think that was Urban (Meyer)’s situation.
“You have to look at Urban’s history with quarterbacks, too. Tim Tebow was not the best thrower of the football. The guys at Ohio State were just OK. The Notre Dame guys are actually passers. If somebody from Ohio State takes offense to that, I don’t care.”
Notre Dame QBs Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer will both play in the team’s opener against Texas. Zaire began last season as the starter, but fractured his ankle and gave way to Kizer, who shined.
Barrett is locked in as the starter in 2016 after he and Jones split reps and time in 2015.