“We’ve gone away from any kind of option stuff that we did a lot with Sedale,” Coen said. “We’re concentrating on these guys being more dropback-style quarterbacks.”
Coen said the three-way battle for QB will not be decided during spring sessions.
“I don’t want to make a rash decision,” he said.
Coen wants the competition to continue into August, although he doesn’t necessarily want it to come down to the final week before the Sept. 6 opener against Drake.
“Bokosky has got a better grasp of the offense because he’s been here longer, but each day someone does something different,” Coen said. “The decision could possibly come down to our last intrasquad scrimmage [in August], but I hope I can say ‘here’s our guy’ before that.
“This is a new situation for me. It hasn’t happened in my time here and it didn’t happen at Penn when I was an offensive coordinator except for one year, and even then things sorted themselves out fast.”
Clearly the buzz is still focused on the QB battle this spring - with no frontrunner at this point.
After Keith Groller does an article on Lehigh football, sometimes he follows up with a blog posting. And today, Keith did not disappoint:
Things seem positive over on South Mountain. I think Coen knows that this year -- year No. 3 -- it will be more his style of football team and his players, and he's confident that a turnaround is going to happen. He would never say this, but I don't think Sedale Threatt and his offensive philosophy were ever a good fit. Threatt was athletic and dynamic, but lacked consistency and accuracy. Coen would prefer a strong-armed, stay-in-the-pocket passer for his offense.
The question is: Who's going to get that quarterback job? I agree with those who say that if you have two quarterbacks, you really have none. One of the three -- Chris Bokosky, J.B.Clark or Trace Cisneros -- has got to separate himself and become a clearcut choice for 2008 to be a good year. And, the earlier the better.
I also have my doubts about the defense, which has struggled for several seasons to make a big stop when it was most needed. But Coen said the team is getting bigger and stronger, which is key, because too many times lately, the Mountain Hawks have been pushed around when it mattered the most. At 2-4 in the league last season, Lehigh has a lot of catching up to do before it can be considered a playoff and championship-contender again.
Tough words, but very true. At 2-4 in the league last year and losing so many to "that school in Easton" in a row it's worth repeating that Lehigh has a long way to go to get back to expectations of playoffs and titles every year.