You don’t use a Porsche 911 to get groceries. You don’t buy a new set of Callaways just to let them nap in the corner.
You don’t sit a Baker Mayfield. Or a Trace McSorley. Or a Johnny Manziel. Or a Braxton Miller, if that’s what’s in your garage.
You unleash the beast.
You kick the pedal to the floor.
You swing like Happy Gilmore after six Red Bulls.
You take off the chains and let it fly.
While he’s been idling on the Ohio State sidelines, some have likened Tate Martell to Mayfield, McSorley, Manziel and Miller, fast son-of-a-biscuits with swagger to spare. Others see a sawed-off Tim Tebow.
— InTheCore (@InTheCore1) April 15, 2017
Regardless, you don’t waste those kind of wheels. You don’t let that much horsepower pass the time collecting dust when other fools should be the ones eating it.
You know what Joe Burrow’s decision to transfer with two years of eligibility left probably says about what the Buckeyes coaching staff thinks of Dwayne Haskins.
Deep down, it probably also says more than a little something about what they’ve got in mind for Martell, the 5-foot-11 redshirt freshman who presumably sidles up to No. 2 on the depth chart.
— john dunlap (@johnnyjohn73) May 6, 2018
The logical takeaway, at first blush, is that Haskins did enough in practice, behind the scenes, and in real-time, hairy spots such as the Big House last November to be trusted with the keys.
But, gifted as he is, Haskins isn’t your classic Urban Meyer run-pass option trigger man, another ball carrier in the box you’ve got to account for.
Martell, on the other hand, fits like a glove:
— Ryan McGlade (@rmcglade24) March 21, 2017
It’s hard not to picture No. 18 as at least a part of the game plan now, as Martell said he was promised when he arrived. Maybe it starts with red-zone packages. Or short, run-friendly downs and distances.
Maybe you stick Haskins and Martell in the same backfield, T-formation style, and let defensive coordinators pull their hairs out, one by one, trying to figure out who the hell’s getting the snap and where the devil it’s going after that.
— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) August 28, 2016
The only limits are your imagination and Martell’s ability to convince the other side that he needs to be feared as a passer, too. After completing just 5 of 16 passes for 28 yards in the spring game last month, clearly, there’s more work ahead on that front.
Regardless, Burrow’s decision opened up a free lane, for better or for worse. And this engine has been idling for long enough already.