Joe Theismann: J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones couldn't really play quarterback
Joe Theismann might not want to make any trips to Ohio in the near future.
The former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback was asked about the ongoing quarterback debate in South Bend. Irish coach Brian Kelly said earlier in the week that both Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer would play in the season opener against Texas.
Ohio State, of course, dealt with a quarterback battle last year with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones that wasn’t decided until the Buckeyes took the field in their season opener.
But Notre Dame is in a complete different situation, according to Theismann.
“The guys at Ohio State (in 2015) really couldn’t play quarterback. That was their problem,” Theismann told NDinsider.com. “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.”
Well, that’s um, something.
Let’s start with the point Theismann made about Barrett and Jones. Barrett, of course, finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a redshirt freshman quarterback after finishing with a B1G record 45 touchdowns. After Cardale Jones took over at quarterback, he helped the Buckeyes win a national title in convincing fashion.
Barrett finished 2015 by beating Theismann’s Notre Dame squad 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl thanks to 211 yards passing and 96 yards rushing. Jones then was drafted in the fourth round by the Buffalo Bills…to play quarterback.
To say that both were “a couple 2’s” is surprising, to say the least.
And the Tebow shot is an odd one to take. Sure, Tebow didn’t pan out as an NFL quarterback, but he did win a Heisman Trophy and a pair of national titles as a quarterback.
But Theismann did provide the disclaimer at the very end that he doesn’t care if someone from Ohio State takes offense to that.
Something tells me they might.