Minnesota football fans no longer have Tim Brewster to absorb their blame for another failed season in Minneapolis. While the athletic department is working on narrowing down the list of candidates for his replacement, current interim head coach Jeff Horton has his hands full trying make the best of the games left on the slate in 2010. With Brewster gone, much of the negativity from the Minnesota faithful has been directed at starting quarterback Adam Weber. After picking up their eighth straight loss, the emails have been pouring into Horton's account on a daily basis. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the e-mails have become so plentiful Horton has created an auto-reply:
He replies to some of the thoughtful ones, spikes the more profane, but can't find time to answer them all. So to save him the trouble, here's a public reply -- all, straight from the keyboard of the Gophers' decision-maker,Wide receiver MarQueis Gray is reported to only be taking about 10 percent of the snaps during the week in practice, and at this point in the season it would be pointless to try and install a new offense based around Gray's running and decision-making ability. There has been talks of a pistol package being installed at Minnesota, but with only three games left on the schedule the best chance to win is to stick with the offense at hand and pray for the best. Weber hasn't even really been that bad as a quarterback, his 17 touchdowns are good for fourth in the conference and statistically is quite similar with Michigan State's Kirk Cousins. But for a 1-8 team that still has yet to win a game in conference play, statistics are not good enough for the fans. Sounds like there won't be any changes though, so they might as well get used to it or continue to receive auto-reply's for the remainder of the month.
Re: Adam Weber and MarQueis Gray. Dear Gophers Fan: No, there are no plans to change quarterbacks. None. Not now, maybe not ever this year. Thanks for your support, and Go Gophers! -- Jeff
"I think I've been pretty clear," Horton said.