Time to make a change at QB after 10-5 loss to Colorado


A 10-5 game in baseball is something of a slugfest.

A 10-5 game in football is something Stanford found itself on the short end of Saturday against Colorado. It was a slugfest in its own right but the kind of experience far removed from the contemporary high-scoring version of the game we’ve grown accustomed to. Defensive purists may have liked it, but I don’t think there’s too many of them around any more.

Christian McCaffrey
My wife asked me, ``What’s wrong with Stanford? I thought they were good.’’

I had to tell her that this is college, you only have the players for four years. Your quarterback graduates and the next one doesn’t do as well … you’ve got problems. And without laying all the blame on Ryan Burns I’d like to suggest a change.

I think it’s time to give Keller Chryst a shot and see what he can do.

Burns, who won a battle with Chryst for the starting quarterback job completed 16 of 29 passes for 170 yards with three interceptions. He rushed five times for a net minus-27.

On the final possession, one that ended with an interception, television color analyst Glenn Parker made the comment that Burns had underthrown every recent pass.

Chryst, the Palo Alto High grad, got into the game for a handful of plays but did not throw a pass. He rushed three times for six yards -- strange considering that running has always been the weakest part of his game. I’d like to see what he could do with the opportunity to air it out.

Head coach David Shaw promised to re-evaluate the offense, but not right then at the conclusion of the game.

“Offensively we've got to score more than three points,’’ Shaw said. “Ended up with five, got to score more than three. It's as simple as that. There were a lot of things that we have to do better and some things that we have to look into tweaking, obviously. We're not going to talk about those here. You can ask those questions if you want to, but I'm not going to answer that because there are a lot of discussions that we have to have as an offensive staff.’’

Christian McCaffrey returned from an injury and carried 21 times for 92 yards. But again it was clear the Stanford offense needs something to take the focus off McCaffrey.

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Posted by quarterback
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm

it is not the quarterback that is the issue this year. it appears that we have the same ineffective offensive coordinator that the 49ers had last year. there is no imagination. NO creativity. the offensive line is just that--offensive. it is awful to watch them get beat by every opponent that we play this year. They don't give the quarterback a chance to run any plays. They don't get Christian a chance to get some yardage this year. The past few years, Stanford has been very blessed to have such a strong part of the team--the offensive line in the past has been underappreciated. it also seems that we sense we have two outstanding running backs--it is puzzling why they don't play at the same time. Bryce Love played a great game two games ago--the only real chance he has had to do anything. Everyone gears on the running back this year--all the opponent has to do is stop THE running back. Why not have two running backs at the same time?? it makes no sense to have Bryce Love on the sidelines while McCaffrey is getting drilled play in and play out. Give him a chance. put Bryce Love in, so now the defense can't focus on one back. it is obvious that the offensive line isn't going to help. Changing quarterbacks is not the answer--and, trying to give Chryst a series every game is also very puzzling--takes everyone out of sync and really gives no one a chance to show what they can do. not really sure what the purpose is to have the backup come in for one series every game. there are some great receivers on this team-- we need to be able to use them. our quarterback needs to have the time to find the receivers and get the ball to them--he is given no time. our offensive coordinator needs to get more creative--all the games this year remind us of the northwestern game last year. the offense (and offensive coaches) do not come to play. the offensive coaches don't give the team a chance to win. we believe they bought into all the hype of McCaffrey and he was going to save day--last year he had help-a ton of help. this year there is no help. that is what coaches are getting paid to do--provide the help that the current players need to be successful. Chryst is not the answer. Give Burns and the offensive scorers a chance to be successful. Draw up some plays that are going to work for the personnel that we currently have.

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 22, 2016 at 11:34 pm

Aww, c'mon gang. This is only a game. Have fun watching it, but don't take it too seriously. Unlax. The sun will rise, the moon will shine, Stanford will survive, life will go on. I guarantee it.

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Posted by Fan
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

Fan is a registered user.

Burns was selected over Cryst because of his better comfort with running the offense coming out of spring and fall scrimmages. That seemed reasonable at the time.
Since then it has become clear that Stanford is currently a pretty one dimensional offense with teams teeing up on McCaffrey or Love despite the fact that they have a very good group of receivers.
Cryst has upside potential that they currently lack at QB. He has a great arm and throws well down or across field. He has a quicker release and a better sense of when and how to escape the pass rush. And he is a better runner. At this point it seems that they need to give Cryst a full opportunity to become more comfortable if they want to be better than mediocre.

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Posted by CHANGE QB
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm

I don't know what game "quarterback" is watching but I disagree with just about everything in that post. While the OL may not be as good as years gone by, the reason teams are teeing off on McCaffery is not the 1 back sets, its because defenses can stack the box knowing BURNS cannot throw the ball downfield or even with any kind of accuracy on mid range throws. It is long overdue for a change at QB AND I think Burns getting the starting job was the wrong decision. Chryst has a strong arm, is more accurate and given the chance will get this offense going again. If Stanford is a threat to pass that opens up the run game. Its not about the FORMATIONS!!! Make the Switch even though it is too late!

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Posted by Joel Davidson
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Well it's Monday morning and we haveMy comment some new coaches making their comments. Love It!!!
My comment worst game ever. 3 missed field goals by Utah. 3 interceptions (2 on the same pattern) and a fumble on the 2 yard line by Stanford. Yowser!!!

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Posted by Julie Armitano
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

I hope they play better next weekend.
I love the team a lot.
They better win next time.

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