Like all of Bronco Nation, I am wishing Joe Southwick a speedy recovery.
His injury does have me wondering about the toll exacted by the new offensive style that has taken over almost all of college football.
I'm no expert here, but common sense leads me to think that it significantly increases the chance of QB injury for at least two reasons. First, if the QB is going to run the ball regularly (rather than occasionally when the pocket breaks down), he is going to be exposed to a lot more punishment. And second, if the offense is running almost 100 plays per game rather than, say, 70, then the QB is just going to take a lot more hits, regardless of whether he runs or not, by virtue of the sheer number of snaps.
For those with more football knowledge and experience than I have: is this a serious risk/downside to this sort of offense? And if so, how does one manage that risk? After all, with Joe out, we are now down to Hedrick and Patti. That seems potentially pretty thin to me for the rest of the season.
I like having a mobile QB and I like having an explosive offense. But I sure felt a lot more secure about Kellen Moore staying healthy than I do about his successors, since the O-line's primary job with Kellen was to protect him, and he was not out running on the open field.
Is having depth at QB now more important than in the past?