Gophers Insider: Kill urges patience over quarterback situation

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 12:56 AM

The Gophers coach said Philip Nelson started because backup Mitch Leidner did not significantly outplay him.

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hanson64Sep. 30, 13 6:32 AM

There is a difference between playing Iowa and San Jose State. That would account for a quarterback's effectiveness.

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fourorahrahSep. 30, 13 6:47 AM

Patience?? I recall when Nelson was "the greatest get ever?" "An [IMMEDIATE] program changer. Isn't this his second year as a starter? Didn't he start a bowl game [LAST] season?? What about alllllllllll those extra special bowl practices that were the real benefit to going to the Spark Plug Bowl?? Pretty sure Iowa didn't have those and their QB took his first game snap this season.

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minneg56Sep. 30, 13 7:17 AM

Only the 'Johnny Come Latelys' will try to stir the pot at QB. Honestly! Although Saturday was discouraging -even for those of us who've watched and supported the club for 50 + years- the bottom line was Gophs couldn't stop the run. Iowa's Weismann was able to run at will. If stopping the clock for TD's wasn't an issue - Iowa could have held the ball for the entire 60 minutes! Their other backs enjoyed some success too. Hey! I'd agree we could have used some offense but Iowa was a better club at the line of scrimmage ... and controlled the game there. I'd agree with Coach Kill in that this should essentially be Nelson's job to lose.

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paddy691944Sep. 30, 13 8:44 AM

Forget QB diversions , the fact is MN got beat ( AGAIN ).... MN is THE ONLY DIVISION 1 school in the state.... joins Hawaii, Montana and a few others. I cannot understand why MN can not field a team. It's an absolute mystery that hasn't been solved in 50 years. Everyone has become complacent from sports writers to fans and write / read about QB issues . Meantime, USC fires a lousy coach and stays focused on developing a winning program.

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jabuyerSep. 30, 13 9:14 AM

Anyone advocating for Leidner over Nelson (at least vs Iowa) has not been paying attention. Leidner can run better than Nelson. But no one was going to run against Iowa anyway because they effectively shut down all the running lanes. (You might want to watch the BTN pregame Joe). They are just better on run stopping than the Gophers are running. Nelson is a better passer than Leidner. Nelson had some success as a passer Saturday that Leidner would not have had. Face it, the Gophers are a run first team. Against a great run defense like Iowa, not matter who QB'd, the Gophers would have lost. The difference is that they made it more of a game than last year on the strenghth of Nelson's arm. His was better than Shortell's (another better passer than runner QB, rember Marquis Gray?) The good news. Slightly better Defense, especially in the second half. Kill needs to get his D playing right away, rather than make those halftime adjustments. Just sayin'.

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williepep2Sep. 30, 13 9:16 AM

I completely agree with your comments, minneg56. Except, I put more onus on the offensive. 30 rushing yards? It's obvious the O-line got dominated, but iowa defenders were flying around everywhere. Maybe our coaches and scheme were not up to snuff(?). You can't beat anyone with 30 rushing yards...

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uraveragejoeSep. 30, 13 9:18 AM

Remember what Einstein said, coach. "Insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting the outcome to be different." The Gophers simply don't have enough talent to win on talent alone. If the coaching staff can't figure out how to make the team competitive - quickly, it's going to be a long season. Saturday's performance was terrible on both sides of the ball and, more importantly, in the coach's box.

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fourorahrahSep. 30, 13 9:44 AM

But again, our players beat'em in the press all week with all the big boasts. That's how you win big games, right? Way to rein that nonsense in, jerr. Iowa said nothing all week except, "we let out playing do our talking." This, and the way they came out before the game as a team and went directly over to our student section and started taunting them told me it would be another men against boys day for us.

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hjlazniSep. 30, 13 9:47 AM

Maybe Kill will ask the A.D. to approach the Big Ten and pay the league $800,000 to assign Kill a win whenever Liedner has not played three times better than Nelson during practice. Fire him as soon as you can without being sued for millions. Kill has been taught that he has a job for life. Shortell and Liedner are better quarterbacks than Nelson and Gray was there best running back last year and Cobbs and Williams are their best running backs this year.

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notsidSep. 30, 1310:13 AM

It doesn't really matter who plays QB as they both seem to be decent athletes and potentially effective at that position with more experience and maturity. The Gophers won't win any more games this season anyway given how much the middle of the pack Hawkeyes dominated them in every which way and manner. As such, at 4-8, this season will give Kill the chance to play them both lots of time giving them experience that will help them next year against the usual cream puffs and possibly even against the legitimate conference teams.

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