03.Jan.2011 Quizz is Staying; Quizz is Going…
Nobody knows, but one thing we know for sure is that Quizz is a drama queen who likes to toy with the fan base. His behavior reminds me of Brett Favre, who needed constant reinforcement, love, praise, etc from fans and media alike for him to return from retirement time and time again. What these men both have in common is size. Is this need for love "short man syndrome"? I do not know.
If Quizz leaves, the team takes a hit. No doubt about that. An average running back sauntering behind this year's brutal offensive line would probably go for 700 yards and 5tds. He creates yardage on his own. On the flip side, Riley is on the record saying he's playing the same offensive linemen next year, so unless an underclassman blows the coaches away in camp, it's the status quo. In such light, one would expect and encourage Quizz to leave for the NFL and completely understand the decision. If I were him, I would not take another 350 hits unless my coach and teammates were more both willing and able to support and surround me with the talent necessary to maintain my goals, body, health, and labor value.
Quizz leaving for the NFL brings up another interesting point. Would the odds of him leaving be diminished had he shared carries with McCant's over the past three seasons? I cannot say, but logic tells me the answer is yes. Being a running back, he knows the average carries one can take in a career and maintain production. This highlights once again the stupidity of Mike Riley's one back system. For those who rationalize it (i.e. to reduce their inner tension, also known as cognitive dissonance), try to come to grips with the fact that Riley might just lose his best player, and your favorite Beaver, because of it.