Will he stay or will he go? Terry Johnson reviews what it means for Ohio State if Joe Burrow decides to leave and what the best-case scenario is for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State In No-Win Situation Unless Joe Burrow Stays, Wins Starting Job
Regardless of what Joe Burrow decides to do, Ohio State is in a no-win situation unless he stays and wins the job outright.
A quick look at each scenario will bear this out.
Should Burrow decide to transfer, Ohio State clearly suffers. After all, the Buckeyes would lose valuable game experience at the most important position on the field. While Haskins played well against TTUN last season, the fact remains that there’s very little depth behind him.
Why is that so important? If – and let’s hope this doesn’t happen – Haskins were to get injured, Ohio State would have to completely change its offense with Tate Martell under center.
Although Martell showed flashes of brilliance in the Scarlet and Gray game (including an huge run on a read option), he struggled throwing the football. Anyone who saw the Virginia Tech game in 2014 knows what happens when an offense becomes one dimensional – even with a great running back like Ezekiel Elliott.
Of course, if Burrow stays, Ohio State doesn’t exactly win, either. Sure, he’ll be a leader for the Buckeyes regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench. However, he could also be a potential distraction. Don’t get me wrong: he will do things the right way, as he has done throughout his career.
However, the first time that Haskins struggles, every media publication in the country will start questioning whether Urban Meyer needs to make a change at quarterback. The last thing that anyone wants to see is a repeat of the 2015 campaign, where the questions under center lingered on throughout the season.
Given the negatives of the two examples listed above, the best-case scenario is that Burrow will stay and compete for the job. Even if he’s not the No. 1 just yet, he’s shown this spring that he has what it takes to lead the team. Although it’ll be a very tough competition, there’s no reason to think that he couldn’t win the job outright with a great fall camp.
If he does that, we will all look back on this and wonder what we were so upset about… just like we did in 2014.