Lol, I might print this and frame it - it's possibly the most HN post in the history of HN.Start Padilla but keep KOK and BF the hell away from him. Iowa QBs tend to get worse with coaching by those two.
I agree with everything you suggest, except the final line about Petras having a brighter upside. This is his 4th year in the program, his 2nd as a starter, and he's struggled with accuracy his entire Hawkeye career. He's better this year at taking juice off his bubble screen passes and being more accurate with those, but other than that, he still struggles to throw simple slant routes -- which is inexcusable for ANY P5 QB. Given tonight was Padilla's first game, I'd have to say I like his upside. Accuracy and decision-making are the keys to success for any QB, and Padilla passed with flying colors tonight.Padilla played wonderfully. Honestly, I'd start him.
Petras has a stronger arm. Given our inability to protect long enough, I think that's a bit of moot point. It could maybe hurt situationally if we ever needed a last second heave but, honestly, I'll take my chances on Padilla keeping us out of that situation to begin with.
Padilla showed me tremendous accuracy and decisiveness today. Those are two areas where I think Petras has struggled to be consistent. I think, under better conditions (i.e. a better OL), Petras could be That Guy. But Padilla showed me today he can be That Guy under our current circumstances. We're staring at 3 more games that, I suspect, are going to look a lot like today's game. 60 minute dog fights. Every yard is going to matter.
And that doesn't even mention that Padilla opens the door to being able to move the pocket (which is a non starter for Petras). That was an absolute game changer today. Huge. Maybe even decisive.
That was a bad NW team. We held them to 12 points, got 3 takeaways, and still only won by 5. Purdue I was willing to write off as a hangover. Wisconsin is tough, especially on D, and have been playing better and better, that's another write off for me. But NW? I was hoping to roll those guys. I'm concerned and think we gotta try Padilla.
By all means, open the competition back up in Spring (assuming Petras is still here). I will get some serious shit for saying this, but I think Petras has the brighter upside. With an adequate line, I think he'd potentially look like a much different player. But here and now, I think you gotta try something else.
Iowa teaches low risk passes, those don't keep an offense moving. With Iowa's defense they can take a few chances, better than four three and outs every quarter. Oh, that would have been the fouth series with no passing productivity if Padilla had not come out when he did. NW would have loved that.Start Padilla but keep KOK and BF the hell away from him. Iowa QBs tend to get worse with coaching by those two.