COLUMBUS – It’s a tale of three Ohio cities and their quarterbacks.
Cleveland has no quarterbacks. Cincinnati has a quarterback who is arguably better than half the guys playing that position in the NFL but Bengals fans make a face like they just found a moldy pear at the back of the refrigerator when they talk about him.
And in Columbus, Ohio State has two quarterbacks, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, who could start for almost any college football team in the country. Actually three, if you still include wide receiver Braxton Miller as a part-time quarterback.
You would think having that kind of depth at quarterback would be universally viewed as a good thing.
But, for some reason, playing more than one QB seems to bother some fans and sports talk show hosts who say OSU coach Urban Meyer should pick a starter and stick with him instead of playing both Jones and Barrett.
Playing one quarterback is what usually happens. But in most of those cases there is a noticeable talent gap between the starter and his back-up. That’s not the case at OSU.
One of Ohio State’s quarterback choices was first-team All-Big Ten and the other was the quarterback when it won the national championship.
As Meyer pointed out, choosing between these two is not a problem. A problem is when none of your quarterbacks are any good.
The bottom line is who says two quarterbacks never works?
In 1993, Bob Hoying shared the quarterback job with Bret Powers and Ohio State won 10 games. Three years later Stan Jackson and Joe Germaine both played and OSU won 11 games.
And playing two quarterbacks seemed to work pretty well for Meyer and Florida when it beat up on Ohio State 41-14 in the 2006 national championship game.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.