I want to qualify this by saying that I am for starting JT at this point.
I did also think that at the beginning of the year, if all other variables were close to equal, unquestionably the call was to ride the hot hand and start Cardale. When you do what we did in those last 3 games, as a coach, you want to change as little as humanly possible in moving forward. That meant Cardale had to be the guy.
Now, any body with two eyes can clearly see that we are a better, and more effective team with JT in there. So what gives....
Here's a thought. Maybe Urban's theory is this: We are not only trying to win our Big Ten games, we are trying to win championships. Championships are more often than not won by complete teams that can stretch the field. Maybe Urban knows that these SEC teams, with 5 star speed across the board, will eat JT's zone-read-option attack for lunch. Some great teams have won a lot of games with a tricky, slick, read option QB.. but not many have beat the best of the best with it.
But still, Cardale is playing so poorly, so what gives....
Maybe Urban knows that Cardale needs to get better. Maybe his philosophy is that if he can just get Cardale, with his big arm and pocket presence, over the hump, that this team will actually find a higher ceiling than if we just play JT and take on that identity as a read-option offense.
Or maybe Urban struck a back room deal with Cardale where he told him that if he comes back this year that he will be the starter, no matter how bad he is... I just can't imagine.