Like a great many Bruin Football supporters and Alumni I am not happy with the way our new coach is handling the QB competition. Actually that's not totally accurate as the frustration doesn't stem from Kelly's process as much as it has to do with his refusal to name a starter for Saturday's season and home opener against Cincinnati. Oh by the way, gulp, it is presently Thursday approximately 6:30 PST, a little under 46 hours from kick off. Talk about cutting it close.
Early in camp Coach Kelly sold us on that it would be an "Organic Process". Merriam-Webster defines organic as follows; an organic substance: such as. a : a fertilizer of plant or animal origin.
Well actually, Kelly's decision to withhold the starters name to this point does stink a bit like fertilizer to me personally. I know what your thinking, "Who is this guy to question the great Chip Kelly?" If you thought this you would be absolutely right, but then again I am entitled to my humble opinion and in my humble opinion Kelly's decision STINKS!
Kelly can tell us that he simply doesn't want to name a starter to combat Cincinnati game preparation; i get that.
Kelly can tell us that he want's his QB unit to stay sharp in case of game injury; i could kinda buy that.
But if Kelly is trying to sell Bruin Nation that he and his staff are still in the evaluation process for the starting QB position, I simply refuse to buy that. What would best describe my reaction would be said best in the words of "As Good As It Gets Character" Melvin Udall, played by Jack Nicholson, "Sell Crazy somewhere else, we're all stocked up here!"
I refuse to believe that after three weeks of Fall camp inclusive of countless live QB team field reps, individual drills, and hours of film sessions, that Kelly doesn't know who will be the best option to start Saturday in the Rose Bowl. No way!
There are several other plausible circumstances that come to mind as to why Kelly is waiting to name the QB but it really doesn't matter at this point. Maybe he did announce the starter to the team and said starter actually practiced all week with the "Ones". If that was the case then the dog and pony show of not publicly announcing the starter stings a little less. But if we are to take Kelly at his word then we must believe that he has in fact not named the starter.
I strongly feel that any tactical edge gained by waiting to name a starter until the last minute in no way can outweigh all the positiveness of having named a starter this past Monday. The team could have mentally rallied around Kelly's decision and those players who did not agree with the decision, that happens, could have adjusted and warmed to it. The offense could have got into a deeper and better rhythm with Saturday's starter versus parsing fewer reps between two or three guys.
Then their is simply the confidence factor that the entire team absorbs and and displays knowing that, at least for week one, this is who we are; no doubts, no hesitation! The players shouldn't be in their dorms resting, in final walk through s, or in meetings wondering who is going to be leading the team on the field Saturday.
Then there is the nod of confidence given to the actual starting QB by naming him the starter on the Monday of game week. This allows him to build his mental and physical approach heading into the start.
No offense to the other QB's but I hope DTR gets the start Saturday, he's the future at the position why not start the future now.