I do feel bad for Cardale and want to see him succeed as much as anyone. At times I do take issue with the play calling and them trying to shoehorn Cardale into an offense much more suited for JT...but as the season has gone on, Cardale just seems to have some issues. He's supremely talented with the size and the arm and all of that, but he's not quite there with the mental aspects. People blame the O-line at times for not protecting, but this is due to two things, one being that teams are teeing off on him and the run because they're going to try to force Cardale to beat them throwing. They're really saying we're not going to let Zeke beat us and we're going to put pressure on him because he isn't showing he can consistently beat a team with his arm when we give him just that. The other is he's got awful pocket awareness. He doesn't do a good job of sensing the rush, having an internal clock and getting the ball out. He many times step up when he should flush out wide when the pocket is collapsing up the middle and many times tries to flush wide right into a pass rush or blitz when the pocket is opening up in front of him to step up. And then he's so indecisive on top of it, he holds the ball when routes are developing and will only throw if a guy is wide open. On a lot of routes he doesn't throw as a receiver is making his break, he stares them down and waits until they've completed their route and then rifles it in. Sometimes he can get away with it because he's got such a cannon, a lot of times he can't.
I think Cardale could be an exceptional QB with his raw talent someday, but he needs more time and more reps to get mentally comfortable running a legitimate offense (what we ran in the last 3 games last season was a watered down offense for him...the kind which, if you want to keep running, a good defensive coach will eat you alive on after getting film of it). Unfortunately, in the middle of a nat'l title run, we don't have time and can't keep giving away reps.