MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — Under the most normal of situations, there is absolutely nothing wrong with stirring things up, especially when it comes to a quarterback controversy.
That, after all, is the spinal column that keeps sports erect.
Two guys in a bar, arguing over who should quarterback their favorite team, each having points and each facing counterpoints.
"Bar keep, bring us two more beers!"
And so it goes.
But you'll find no push for a quarterback controversy in this space this week.
Jarret Doege is WVU's quarterback, Garrett Greene the backup until it appears that the season is slipping away.
We finally got to see them both in a real-life game — if 66-0 is a real-life game — on Saturday. Each showed his assets, each showed his warts, and what we saw was that Neal Brown has a choice not in quarterbacks, but in the style of offense he will have to run with both.
See, these are two dudes cut from different molds.
Doege is a traditional quarterback out of a quarterback family, a coach's son, a QB/coach's brother.
Greene is ... well, Greene is green.
He's a baseball player, a son of a baseball man, wearing a helmet and shoulder pads.
It's funny, in one way. Doege brings the arm, Greene the legs to the position.
But Doege has the job. Period. Neal Brown left no doubt about it.
The word Brown used to describe Doege after he faced a team with a defense in name only, completing 14 of 22 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns, was "efficient."
That's what Brown is looking for.
Then, on Greene, he offered this up.
"There's some things that he probably didn't do a good job of, but everything he did was full throttle. That's one of the reasons we're excited about him."
Efficient vs. full throttle ... fans like full throttle, coaches like efficient.
Coaches spend most of their time preparing game plans, as Brown did for Greene as he prepared him for his first extensive live game action.
"We practiced only his set of plays," Brown said. "He did some good things. Was he perfect? Absolutely not. I don't know if on the first two drives he ran any of the plays the way they were supposed to be run, but he showed growth."
You can't judge results out of this one, not when trying to figure out your starting quarterback, not against a team that couldn't have stopped anyone at quarterback.
Why is Greene still green?
"He's going through this maturation and growth process," Brown explained "I don't know if I said in a press conference setting or not, but he didn't have the normal — quote/unquote — quarterback upbringing. The way quarterbacks are kind of brought up now are they play 7-on-7, start in middle school and play 7-on-7 tournaments and have 7-on-7 teams.
"You have spring football and basically you are getting a bunch of live reps, but that wasn't his experience.
"He was a baseball player. He comes from a baseball family. He played summer baseball. He didn't go through spring practice. He didn't go through many practices at all."
And, to compound the situation, his offensive system in school was run, not pass, oriented.
"They weren't asking him to make progressions or look at coverages. He just didn't have that same quarterback upbringing. So over the last 20 months or so, this is the first time he's locked into football only, worked fundamentals, been where his athletic ability wasn't enough. He relied on that."
So, coming into the season, he just wasn't ready.
"His spring was up and down," Brown said. "We felt like he had a better summer. His fall camp was still up and down. It wasn't as consistent as we'd like to see. We didn't think he was ready to play in the opener. We'll go back and evaluate the film and, if his play here and throughout the week warrants that he gets an opportunity in situations then, yes, we will use him. I think he can help us."
Take a second and analyze what Brown just said. His words were well chosen.
"If his play warrants it ...(he'll) get an opportunity in situations ... we can use him ... he can help us ..."
But right now, at this stage of his evolution as a quarterback, Brown obviously doesn't believe he can carry the team, and with the way this team is run blocking right now, he might just get himself killed running over and over.
Doege has limitations, no doubt. But he has qualities, too. This year isn't written in as the make-or-break season for Neal Brown's program.
He's more comfortable easing Greene in, looking at next year and the year after.
He's asked his fans to "Trust the Climb," and they said they agreed to do so.
Believe it or not, while fans may believe they know best in barrooms and on social media, the coach usually knows better in locker rooms and on the field.