How do you replace the all-time winningest quarterback in college football history? Acouple of options:
Cloning. Pros: Same guy, don’t have to update media guide, Kirby not so lonely.Cons: Ethical dilemma, security wouldn’t let me take a Kellen hair sample at asigning event at the Pro Image in the mall
Sign Peyton Manning. Opportunity missed.
You don’t. You simply stop playing football because really what’s the point nowthat you’ve seen someone do it to perfection?
Joe Southwick.The fourth option is the one that Bronco Nation feared when Kellen Moore threw his lastpass last December.
Joe Southwick has no pocket presence! Joe Southwick fumbles like it’s goingout of style! Joe Southwick is Facebook friends with Jared Zabransky!
These were allcompletely rational fears that Bronco fans shared in the buildup to spring practice andthe opening salvo of The Quarterback Competition to End All QuarterbackCompetitions. But a funny thing happened on the way to our hating Joe Southwick.Southwick was less awful than we remembered.He played competently in the spring game - more than competently if your bar forcompetence was not fumbling snaps and not throwing interceptions and not leaving thepocket after one-Mississippi and the whisper of a D-lineman. He went 14-for-19 with 145yards and a scrimmage-winning touchdown. “Those are good stats!” said everyoneunder their breath as they left the stadium.The only thing that could stop the Southwick Train after the spring game was the NickPatti Monorail. The true freshman from Orlando played well enough that the enormous