Cubit's to-do list

Cubit's to-do list

New Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit held his first news conference Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Here are three items
on the to-do list for the former Western Michigan head coach:

1. Fill out the staff

Luke Butkus left as offensive line coach to join Ron Turner at Florida International. That leaves an important vacancy. While Tim Beckman will be the one making the hire, the new offensive coordinator will have major input.

Cubit on filling out the staff:

“Ultimately, it’s Coach Beck and how he feels. As a head coach, people don’t see what you have to go through in that chair. I know what Coach Beck has to go through. Of course, he wants me to feel comfortable with him. It’s kind of a joint decision, but it’s more him. And it should be. There’s a lot of things that are involved in hiring a family in the coaching business. I trust him. Whoever comes in there, we’re going to ratchet it up and let’s go.”


2. Pick a starting quarterback
It won’t happen today. Or tomorrow. But before the start of the summer, Cubit wants to know who is going to run Illinois’ offense.

He’s got an established starter with three years of experience (Nathan Scheelhaase). And he’s got a two-year player who some feel is ready to take over (Reilly O’Toole).

Cubit on the quarterbacks:

“In the perfect world, right after spring is when you try to do it (pick a starter). But if it’s not done then, you just move on. I think summer is really important after spring ball, especially with what’s going to happen to us. We’re going to put in a new system, and they’ve got to refine it in the summer. I think the quarterbacks are going to have to be really mature. They’re going to have to be leaders. I think both (Scheelhaase and O’Toole) are talented. We’ve just got to put them in the right spots.”


3. Establish an offensive line
One of the biggest problems for Illinois during a 2-10 2012 season was inconsistency on the offensive line. Injuries were partly to blame. And the talent level dropped off from previous seasons. Illinois finished 11th in the Big Ten in rushing offense and 111th in the country in sacks allowed.

Cubit has been looking at tape of the returning players and thinks there is enough talent on hand.

Cubit on the offensive line:

“I like them. I’ve seen some pretty good things in there. They’re competing. We’ve got to find five or six different run schemes and get really good at that. That’s it. That’s all we’re going to do. We’re going to get real good at what we do. We’ve got about 14, 15 pass concepts. We’re going to get real good at that, too. I was encouraged. I think we can go against anybody and score against anybody and move the ball against anybody. We’re never intimidated. We’ve played some pretty good teams in my career, some national championship-type teams and always moved the ball against those guys.”

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pblillini wrote on January 17, 2013 at 7:01 am

On the QB's you forget that he'll also have Bailey in the mix.  Personally, I think he should be the guy.  We've seen what the other two can provide.

blmillini wrote on January 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

That is awesome that you are able to determine who the best QB on the team will be next year before Bailey even touches a college field.

calvin wrote on January 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

nobody cares what any of the coaches or scribes write about before the season any more.....let's see how they us when you get some/any actual news

jjohnson wrote on January 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

Not red-shirting a quarterback can be a huge mistake in many cases. Juice Williams would have been much more effective once Mendenhall left if he had a year simply to learn to look for receivers and to polish the mechanics of passing.

Bwp 5P wrote on January 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

Point # 3.......geez.....I thought maybe he was talking about The Bears!

What is it with Orange/Blue teams.......can't seem to put a good "O" line on the field?!?!?!

Moonpie wrote on January 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Nice of Cubit to be willing to take a step down from Western Michigan to bottom feeder Illini.

I hope his first task is to realize Little Nathan isn't a QB and switch him to wideout.

CecilColeman wrote on January 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

The QB at Bolingbrook missed a lot of the past season (injury) and threw very little when he played.  My conclusion: wow is Mr. Cubit in for a surprise.............