No. 2: Will Rogers doesn’t thrive in Kevin Barbay’s offense and the Bulldogs struggle as a result
It’s worth wondering if Will Rogers will need an offense to be tailored to his specific skillset to thrive as we move forward. It’s worth asking those questions after he’s spent so much time playing in the Air Raid and is now being asked to change schemes as Kevin Barbay takes over as the offensive coordinator in Starkville.
Rogers has been a really respectable quarterback under Mike Leach’s guidance and we saw several moments where he reached his full potential regularly. Rogers has scribbled his name all over record books and has shown that he can lead his team to win in the SEC.
He’s been the focal point of Mississippi State’s offense over the past couple seasons and the Bulldogs have won 16 games in the span thanks in large part to his leadership.
But can he do all of that with a different offense? He’s going to be forced to make different reads and operate in a different rhythm. The routes are going to be different. And there’s a lot that we just don’t know.
There’s certainly a chance that Rogers and Barbay are able to adapt and work well together and we see the offense flourish. We’re all hoping that the Bulldogs are able to thrive because of Rogers.
We’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out. It’d be a nightmare if Rogers isn’t able to adjust easily. The Bulldogs, unfortunately, are pretty thin in terms of depth at quarterback right now.