Anyone who thinks Tajh Boyd is better than Kyle Parker is ignoring reality. Parker is still better, and that is not good news for Tiger fans that believe Boyd is the answer to all of the offensive problems.
We all know Parker has had his share of struggles this season. The sophomore slump hit him and hit him hard. Some say Parker was never the same after the rib injury in the Auburn game. Some say the loss of C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford were just too much to overcome. Some say Parker never was able to mesh with the new receiving corps because he was gone most of the summer negotiating a pro baseball contract. Some say Parker was overhyped going into the season, like when Dabo Swinney called him an NFL prospect.
Fact is, a little of everything above is probably true. You’ll notice one thing not listed was the notion from some kooky people that Parker struggled this season because he is selfish and was more concerned with baseball than football. Parker was actually booed by some fans while he was getting his College World Series ring at halftime of a basketball game.
A guy that turned down a million dollars to come back to school booed for being selfish? Here is a guy that led the football team to its first division title since ACC expansion and helped the baseball team get to Omaha and he is booed by the fans.
These are probably the same dopey people that were excited when that Charlie Whitehurst graduated so they could get Will Proctor in to run the offense. That worked out real well, didn’t it?
Tiger fans that can’t push Parker out the door fast enough may be missing him next season when he’s off playing minor league baseball somewhere. It is still unclear what kind of quarterback Boyd will be in the future. But it is obvious that right now he’s nowhere close to being ready to win games in the ACC.
Tajh Boyd isn’t the answer. At least not right now. Boyd needs to make big strides during the bowl practice and offseason or the Tigers may actually downgrade at quarterback next season. If he was ready to play, he would be playing. The fact that Parker is starting in the bowl game over Boyd isn’t an indictment on Swinney’s judgment, it’s a huge reminder that Boyd isn’t ready to win football games.
The fact he couldn’t take the job from a guy that has struggled for the better part of half a season and had a verbal altercation with his coach in the regular season finale says a lot about where Boyd stand in his development. He’s not as good as even a bad Kyle Parker. If it was even close he’d be starting the bowl game. But it’s not close.
As a redshirt freshman Parker was better than Boyd. As a struggling sophomore Parker is still better than Boyd. What reason is there to believe that nine months from now Boyd will be better than Parker is now or was then? Given Boyd’s current rate of progression, it is hard to believe he will be. Clemson fans upset about the quarterback situation now may be more frustrated next season.