McLeod Bethel Thompson = Ponder
Before anyone freaks out read the post first.
If Ponder continues this vicious cycle of unpredictability and mediocrity and gets pulled around games 5-6 I say McLeod .
For starters he has the best arm by far out of the three. He's not as athletic as Ponder but is that really needed in this offense? He's young and looks to have a lot of potential.
What can Ponder do that McLeod can't besides scrambling ability? It would be a huge difference if Ponder could scramble and deliver lethal strikes but usually that's not the case with him. The edge I would say goes to Ponder in the scrambling and mobility department.
We were told Ponder is a real intelectual and is really a bright guy but I haven't seen that have you? I've seen him make a ton of stupid decisions and make them repeatedly. He locks in on receivers constantly and fails a lot to find the open guy. Would McLeod be any worse? I doubt it.
I would argue that McLeod has a better deep ball right now and I'm being serious. Can McLeod make the same throws Ponder makes? Shouldn't be hard as most are around 6 yards per attempt. Could McLeod hand the ball off to the machine as well as Ponder? Check.
How about play action? Ponders play action is mediocre at best. Could McLeod perform at the same level? I think so?
Ponder has the " Tony Danza " type personality which is very like able and all but not sure I want that in a quarterback. I never see him get pissed...like the deep guttural anger when he or a teammate screws up. I'm not saying he should be a spaz or hot head but a little fire and steel once in a while really boosts a team sometimes. It's always 'awe shucks we need to this or that...'
Screw that! I want him to say this is bullshit and we ARE going to square this away right frickin now! But no, we get ' oh well, we'll need to work on...'
Screw awe shucks, get the fricken team going!
I don't know what McLeod's personality is like but hard to believe its any more passive than Ponders.
I've seen enough of Castle to know he sucks and has very little upside. The more I see of him the less I think he's starter material.
This isn't a pull Ponder now and put in McLeod rant, its just what my thoughts are if Ponder continues to look like well...Ponder.
This is obviously a moot point if the front office doesn't have enough sense to keep McLeod .