Did Zack Mettenberger screw up this past weekend? (story here) Yes. Does he deserve a second chance? Most definitely. Should he be bumped to an automatic 3rd spot on the QB depth chart? Probably.
All that being said, I think this unfortunate event puts a nail in the coffin for this quarterback race--at least for the start of the 2010 season. Not only is Mett going to be suspended for at least the first game of the season, but he's now shown that he may not have the poise to run the show in Athens next season. I mean, why would you ever give a cop your fake ID, much less a second fake ID after the first one didn't work! I know, I know, I don't know all of the circumstances surrounding this incident. I do know that I have been in similar situations about a hundred times in my life. Dude, fess up and take your underage consumption ticket! Instead, you are now facing five counts!
OK, my whole point of today's post is to mention something my co-worker and I were discussing this morning over a cup of coffee. "You can't have your quarterback, the leader of your team, getting into these types of situations"! You sort of expect stuff like this from a D-lineman, or defensive back, right? LOL...Those guys are head-hunter type, pure athletes that have a sole purpose in life to stop the other team from moving down the field in a positive direction. I'm not saying that all defensive guys are dumb, because they are NOT, but they don't exactly have to act strategically as would say...a QUARTERBACK!
I know Mettenberger just got caught for something that 99% of us have done at some point in our life, but the kid is on a different stage than 99% of us were at the time. So, Mr. Mett, I say to you, "Good luck making the #2 spot on the depth chart, and if you really are the better player, overtake Murray at some point in your career.