I guess where I come down is yes, there should be an open competition in 2020 for QB because I believe there should always be open competition for everything. Competition keeps you sharp and complacency is a killer. Do I wish 2AM played better this year? Absolutely. Do I think we should cast him aside and turn the reigns over to McCaffery? Nope.
I'd love to see a pie chart or statistical breakdown to see how much the following factors affected 2AM this year:
-Sophomore slump--It's real and it happens. When you're looking at data points, there are going to be stretches of data where you experience regression, it's a fact. Does that mean 2AM is now terrible? Not at all, he could just be going through a rough patch. Teams now have another year of tape on Martinez and have thrown some curveballs at him and forced him to adjust. It's on him and the coaching staff to adjust accordingly.
-Lack of playmakers--Since the Iowa game is fresh in our minds do you know who did the majority of the damage against Iowa? If you guessed Mo Washington give yourself a gold star. Mo went for 7/102/1 last year. He torched Iowa. Obviously Robinson being out hurt as he was taking over the Washington role. Still, Washington has a top end that is really, really rare. Also, there is no more Stanley.
-Injury/Weight--I think Martinez was pretty banged up this year, moreso than last year. He was noticeably bulkier this year but shoot, that's also just him becoming a man and growing. He definitely seemed to lack a little bit of explosiveness but again, could just be some injury stuff.
-Shakier O-Line--Now, I do think the O-Line made some really nice strides at the end of the year but they were also just brutal for large parts of the season.