2008 Spring Football Wrapup: The Offense

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All 15 practices are in the books, and we can take a look back and see what
transpired at each position throughout the spring. Progress was made at some key
positions like tight end and offensive line, while the injuries at running back
have muddied the water at that position. Today we’ll recap each position on
offense, and tomorrow we’ll do the same with the defense.

Quarterbacks

The
great quarterback debate continues, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Sean
Glennon played very well in the Spring Game, throwing two touchdown passes with
no interceptions and no sacks. Meanwhile, Tyrod Taylor only threw for 67 yards,
and made a bad decision to throw the ball into coverage over the middle, where
Kam Chancellor intercepted it and nearly ran it back for a touchdown.

However, as I said in the preview on Friday, you can’t take much out of a
Spring Game when evaluating quarterbacks, unless one of them just stinks up the
joint. The teams are split up. Sean Glennon had the two starting wide receivers
(Dillard and Luckett), as well as the two best receiving tight ends (Boone and
Lanier). His line also provided much better protection than Taylor’s, which was
somewhat of a surprise, to me at least.

Also, you have to take the entire spring into account. The Spring Game
doesn’t mean any more or any less than the other scrimmages. Saturday’s
interception was Taylor’s first of the spring. Sean Glennon had combined for
three interceptions in the previous two scrimmages, including one on a play to
Chancellor that was exactly like Taylor’s on Saturday.

You still have to remember than Taylor is 18 years old. Compare his first
Spring Game on Saturday to Michael Vick’s first Spring Game in 1999. Vick was
2-of-11 for 26 yards. Taylor is a much better passer than Vick at this point. He
does a good job for his age of going through his progressions, and despite how
good of a thrower he is, and how fast he is, his best attribute is how composed
he is for an 18 year

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