Football: The Cal QB duel begins anew


Watching from the press box at Memorial Stadium, looks like practice as usual today.

The Bears are back at it for the first time since Saturday’s game against Oregon State, with Jared Goff and Zach Kline competing for the starting quarterback spot. Cal took Monday off to give everyone a chance to exhale.

There’s no timetable on when coach Sonny Dykes will announce which player will start Saturday at Washington. We do know neither will be made available to reports until the decision is made.

The smart money says that won’t be today, and probably not Wednesday, either.


Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow

    The pressure of a position battle is very different from the pressure of games. Goff has shown he is currently struggling under the lights. That better be factored into the equation. Kline did well, but it wasn’t first team vs. first team.

    It isn’t like Cal is favored. It’s time to put the future QB battle on DURING GAMES. Give Kline a start and see what he can do against a good UW defense.

  • Juancho

    Cowardly call. Kline needs all the first team reps just like goff got. This heavily favours goff. And is a bogus.

  • Rollonubears

    He’s just like tedford. Same old crap.

  • HeteroscedasticBear

    Putting Kline in at starting QB adds something new (as in hope) for an otherwise dismal season. If Kline doesn’t get the nod, then it’s going to kill whatever hope i have left for the season.

  • HeteroscedasticBear

    Dykes loves Goff to a fault. If Kline doesn’t get a shot, then I think he should transfer.


    No one is as popular as the backup qb on a losing team.

  • 1brsfan

    True that no one is as popular as the backup QB but it’s time to give Kline a shot. It’s not like Goff was head and shoulders above him when he won the job. He’s also struggling and we need to figure out who’s our QB for 2014 and beyond.

  • SteveNTexas

    I like Hetero’s comment. “If kline doesnt get a shot , I think he should transfer” Hetero is talking about Dykes of course, Kline is not expendable.

  • CalBearister

    What exactly is behind the “Kline is not expendable” mentality among so many? I mean, he’s obviously a great kid, and a talented kid, but let’s look at the objective evidence:

    31-57 (54%), 253 yards (4.4 ypa), 3TD, 3INT

    It’s not exactly like he’s been lights out in the games he’s played. Now I don’t think that’s Kline’s fault – he’s young, inexperienced, and is playing on a team that’s just not very good. But with that said:

    Who has a higher completion percentage? Goff (60%)
    Who has a higher yards-per-attempt? Goff (7.3 ypa)
    Who has more touchdowns-per-attempt? Kline (0.05)
    Who has fewer interceptions-per-attempt? Goff (0.02)
    Who has a higher efficiency rating? Goff (127 vs. 98.5)

    So do I think Kline deserves a shot to start? Sure. I’m very frustrated with Goff’s fumbles (as is Goff, no doubt), and think Kline should get a chance to lead the team. But the idea that anyone on this team is “not expendable” is absurd. Particularly not someone with the 2nd best QB stats on the team (again – this isn’t meant as a slam on Kline – it’s meant as a defense of every other QB on the team, including Goff).