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Football: Bears seek consistency from Maynard

Quarterback Zach Maynard needs to be more consistent.

He knows it.

Coach Jeff Tedford acknowledges it.

What does the senior quarterback need to do to deliver more performances like his winning effort vs. UCLA and fewer resembling the one he had in a loss to Arizona State the week before?

Check out my story before it appears in Friday’s print editions.

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlueNGold

    I hope ZM has a great game against wazzoo. Now that he has felt it, he will be much better at finding the groove. Of course, the O line has to do its job too. It was better vs UCLA and that has to continue. I predict an inspired Cal team beats WSU by 15 points.

  • 707 Bear

    Watched the UCLA game on the Pac 12 Network; their game in 60 minutes feature. Very cool.

    Say what you want about ZM, the kid is touch as nails. He was getting smashed.

    Go Bears!

  • rollonubears

    it was his best game as a bear, and probably his best of his career. had a 4td game against pitt when he played for buffalo, but they lost. it’s as if he turned into a leader overnight. it’s what this team needed. he needs to keep it up. it’s a shame to think that even if we were somehow able to run the table from here on out, we’d still likely not make it to the title game. i wish it was based just on your subconference record. if our only losses are to u$c and az state in conference, it would be such a disappointment not to be able to play in the pac12 championship. yes, i realize this is ridiculous to even mention, but until we lose another game, and after seeing that locker room celebration, i’m a believer.

  • daredevilfan

    Its funny Rollon what a bunch of saps we are for our team. I was so mad and frustrated before, but I found myself pulling up that locker room video again last night and showing the wife and kids. That energy and emotion is what its all about for me. If they could bottle that up and have it available each week… Anyway, I’ve resigned myself to stop worrying about the big picture issues for awhile and just trying to enjoy watching my team again for a bit. Hopefully we have another great day tomorrow. GO BEARS!

  • Steve W

    Role on….love the enthusiasm, but I am just not there yet with Maynard. He has a history of flashing brilliance and regressing. The regress part usually comes against outstanding defenses like Oregon and SC last year and ASU this year. And as well as he played against the Bruins last week, one of the most bone-headed plays he ever made was that pick early in the game throwing off balance into double coverage on his bro.

    I want to see him win a game from behind in the last few minutes with all the marbles at stake. Remember last year at Washington, or that last drive against OSU this year? Win one of those, Zach, and I become a believer.

  • BlueNGold

    When your season gets off to a bad or shaky start, the best thing is to start looking for consistency and steady improvement. If we see some of that this weekend, I will be more optomistic about the rest of the season. If the team reverts back, I probably will be much more pessimistic.

  • Juancho

    His career is over.

    Maynard was bad last year, he’s been bad for the most part this year. Even if he improves and we win a few more games, at best we make it to a piss poor bowl game. Whoopdy do !

    How about the truth. Two years burned with Maynard at QB because Tedford needed Keenan Allen, and b/c they didn’t have the strength to bring in Keenan, and then bench Maynard for not being the best option for our FUTURE.

    Several years burned for the Bears because Barbour got so excited and gave Tedford a ridiculous contract.

    Now we beat UCLA and all of a sudden it’s back to drinking the kool aid.

    This season is a failure. I’ll root for wins like always. But I’m burnt out on reading articles that try to posit some type of pollyanic reason for hope.

    Let’s talk about next year. Start to ask the real question, Tedford WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO START PREPARING A QB FOR NEXT YEAR (KLINE). Game 8, game 9, last game of season? I’d love to see someone ask Tedford post game straight up, if next season started next week – does Bridgeford or Kline get that first snap.

    I need to make plans for next year. I’d like to know now if Bridgeford is going to start. Then I can budget investing my time and money into something else – like Cal Baseball.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    BlueNGold Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 11:40 am
    When your season gets off to a bad or shaky start, the best thing is to start looking for consistency and steady improvement. – Well duh!!!!!

    If we see some of that this weekend, I will be more optomistic about the rest of the season. – How very nice of you

    If the team reverts back, I probably will be much more pessimistic.- At least you could underline “probably”

    You have the great gift for saying the expected.

    HAHAHAHAHA

    BTW the only reason you got on this blog many years ago was to harass and stalk me. I seriously doubt you know a whole lot about football.

  • BlueNGold

    Hey troll– shut TF up and leave.

  • Easy Ed

    Oh poor poor little Moron. Wish you went to Cal? Wish you went to any decent university? Wish you would have finished junior college? Keep wishing but stop hating, GO BEARS!