How to turn a program around? How about a run-based offense? Shorten the game, rest your defense, play a style that probably no one else on your schedule plays. Every team has a good athlete who can play quarterback (might currently be playing safety). May not be the greatest passer, but then we’re talking about turning a program around, not winning the national championship!
Every team has fast players who are a threat to score when they get the ball on the perimeter (especially when the quarterback can hold onto the ball until the last second). Of course, some will wonder about the injury rate of option quarterbacks. But is it really higher in comparison to dropback quarterbacks who get hammered in the backfield by onrushing defenders? At least the option quarterback can better prepare himself for the hits that come.