Penn State Football: O'Brien in No Hurry to Publicly Name Starter
To say Bill O'Brien is calculated and sharp is probably an understatement. A few weeks ago when the Nittany Lions started up training camp O'Brien wanted to name a starter within the first two weeks. As time went along the race got tighter and tighter and O'Brien continued to extend his deadline to publicly name a starter.
That continued Thursday as O'Brien spoke with reporters in preparation for next weekend's meeting with Syracuse at Metlife Stadium.
"I don’t know, it might not come until next week," O'Brien said. "You know what? It might come the first play of the game on offense."
For Penn State and O'Brien there is little motivation at this point to publicly name a starter. Syracuse coach Scott Shaffer has taken the quarterback circus a step farther not even naming a quarterback until after the Penn State game. In both cases naming a starter this close to game day does little but quell public curiosity. What should surprise no one, O'Brien doesn't much care for the public's curiosity and in some ways the incessant questioning of the issue may have contributed to the ever changing timeline, at least how it unfolds publicly.
"All I care about is that the guys in our team meeting room know where we’re headed." He said when pressed further.
"The only thing I care about is the football team and the direction that we're headed. And I believe this football team understands where we're at right now. Again, we have two really good young quarterbacks and those guys will both have to be ready to play for us this year.''
"It's my job to run the football team. I'm always going to do what's best for the football team. As long as I'm the head football coach here, I will always do that. That has nothing to do with indecisiveness, or doing this or doing that.''
So while there is no certainty that O'Brien has made a choice already, it seems increasingly likely that he's only going to tell people who need to know, and that means his team.