I took the 3 hour roadie to the hole they call a Nippert Stadium today. With the sun in full force most fans felt as if they were under a fry warmer at Burger King for 4 hours. I went to the game to show my support for my beloved Boilermakers and the new regime, as did quite a few other Purdue faithful. We as long time Purdue fans know the tendencies of the players on this team pretty well I'd say. We all know Rob Henry is FAR from an accurate passer. Even Nordfense knew Henry wasn't an accurate QB and this is why he saw very limited action as the third string QB last season.
Last week I read a quote from Coach Shoop that basically said they need Henry to be more patient in the pocket and look to pass rather than run. Not only is this plain silly, it's stupid. The entire reason you play one of the fastest guys on the team at QB is for his threat to run and keeping the opposing defense honest, while occasionally having him throw short routes. Today Coach Hazell and his staff did ZERO to allow Henry to be effective. Rob Henry playing QB today in what Coach Shoop calls a West Coast offense was embarrassing to witness in person. Furthermore, I've never witnessed a QB in a division one football play that terrible and stay on the field. I counted 3 passes to wide open receivers that were overthrown so badly they went into the crowd. And I'm not speaking of balls that were purposely thrown away.
For all of the warm and fuzzy that I've felt since December and hearing everything I've always wanted to hear a Purdue Head Football Coach say, it did not translate to the field. That's not to say that it will not in the future. But through the eyes of this armchair quarterback...it will never translate to the field as long as Henry is the starting quarterback for Purdue.
I know it's only one game. But I also know (just as the rest of you do) that Rob Henry isn't going to wake up tomorrow throwing ropes on the numbers. He's a 5th year senior. He's had FAR more opportunities to prove his quarterbacking mettle than he ever should have. Only by the grace of numerous ACL tears did he ever get the chance in the first place and he was a much better QB when he knew less and ran more.
In just the second week into his tenure,(season wise) Coach Hazell MUST make the change and go with Appleby or Etling for the future of the program and his job. To do otherwise (IMO) could be a very big mistake in a very young season and head coaching career.