Will Matt Canada consider using 2-quarterback system at LSU?
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Question of the Day: Tuesday, Dec. 12
What’s the chances Canada uses a 2 qb system in 2018?
— Brandon_WhoDat!! (@LA_Whodat) December 12, 2017
Brandon brings one of the more intriguing questions we’ve received in the LSU mailbag for more than one reason.
It starts with the premise that Matt Canada will return as LSU’s offensive coordinator next season. As Ed Orgeron curiously noted after the Texas A&M game, he’s happy to help Canada find a head-coaching job this offseason. Based on the current reading of the tea leaves, we do not expect Canada to be gone, although the Louisiana-Lafayette job remains vacant.
On the surface, it would make a lot of sense for LSU to use Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse in some combination next season.
Brennan is a pure drop-back passer, though he does have better mobility than most people realize. Narcisse is a true dual-threat quarterback capable of hurting teams with the run. The 2006 Florida Gators provided the perfect template for making such a model work. Chris Leak was the unquestioned starter, but Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen created packages that suited freshman Tim Tebow’s skills. Tebow was used largely in the red zone and accounted for 13 touchdowns (8 rushing, 5 passing) as Florida won the national championship.
Of course, the success of that model is quite uncommon or we would have a few more examples to share.
Canada’s own history reveals two examples of using some form of a two-quarterback system: 2008 at Indiana and 2013 at North Carolina State. In both cases he had a pocket passer (Ben Chappell at IU, Pete Thomas at N.C. State) and a dual-threat (Kellen Lewis at IU, Brandon Mitchell at N.C. State).
However, both teams went 3-9 in the seasons Canada played two quarterbacks, bringing to mind this adage: “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have any quarterbacks.”
Granted, Canada isn’t facing as much of a talent deficit as he did in his first season as Indiana’s full-time offensive coordinator and his first season as N.C. State’s offensive coordinator.
History shows Canada is willing to use two quarterbacks. Now we have to see if the future reveals whether he will do it again — and if he will be at LSU to do so.
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