Matt Rhule addresses QB situation, mindset for picking the starter in Week 4
Matt Rhule and Nebraska are gearing up for Week 4 and a nonconference showdown against Louisiana Tech. It could be a second straight game without quarterback Jeff Sims and Rhule addressed how he’s handling the week of preparation.
Rhule admitted each week of preparation is different and he’s not worried about the potential decision on a starting QB lingering close to game time. However, he did admit the ideal situation is for an established starter, but Rhule is preparing for any circumstance.
“I think every week’s different. Obviously, you’d like to know on Monday but I’m also trying to prepare these guys for life and for NFL football… We had one week where PJ Walker found in warmups he was starting, so whoever’s playing has to go out and play,” said Rhule at his Thursday press conference. “I have no problem playing multiple guys. Obviously having an established guy who’s healthy is ideal, but we’ll address whatever happens as it happens.”
Asked about his mindset on labeling a starter, Rhule said it simply comes down to whichever player gives Nebraska the best chance at a win. That is the case for every position.
“It’s so simple for me, it’s nothing else other than who I think gives us the best chance to win, at every position,” said Rhule. “It’s nothing about who’s established this, who’s done this… Who gives us the best chance to win?”
A week ago, Heinrich Haarberg started in place of the injured Sims and performed well in a win. As for the Week 4 starter, fans will have to wait a bit longer, and it sounds like both QBs could potentially see action if Sims is healthy.