“Something’s missing, or it’s a combination of things. But it’s more than the quarterback,? Popp said on Saturday, addressing the media at Olympic Stadium for one of the rare times this season, having spent most of the last two months on the road scouting NFL training camps and U.S. collegiate games.
“I don’t have coaches asking me for more players,? Popp continued. “On paper, we have a pretty solid group. Are they all playing at the level or is it the system not getting the most out of them? You could arguably say all that stuff.
“But I don’t have coaches saying to me we need better players. I don’t have players coming to me saying we’re not good enough.?
“At the close of last season, the way Troy was playing and the way the team was playing, the projection was — forget about this organization — there’s the next superstar in this league,? Popp said. “We’ve had a lot of change. When you talk about anybody at the quarterback position, Troy or anyone, we’ve had three head coaches and four offensive coordinators. That’s a lot of change. A lot of the terminology has changed.
“Does an individual have a future here? That’s upon a lot of people. Today, Jonathan Crompton’s our quarterback.?