1. The quarterback situation
I know Mario Cristobal has said that his quarterback is still Anthony Brown despite the division hitting the fanbase. Some people still believe in Brown while others are hoping the head coach gives Ty Thompson a shot to prove himself. Cristobal was right to say he was sticking with Brown, because he believes it right now and it’s only going to keep his quarterback in high spirits.
Coaches will always say they’re sticking with their current quarterback, even if they’re thinking about a potential switch in the back of their minds.
How many times have you heard a coach say “he’s my guy” and then make a switch the next game when that quarterback struggles? It’s almost a guarantee. While Brown is likely to start the Cal game, there’s a decent chance we see Thompson if the veteran quarterback struggles.
The leash for Brown has been shortened after a couple of shaky starts, including last week’s debacle at Stanford. He hasn’t been terrible, but the ceiling of the offense is much lower with him under center.
Why not have an open battle during the extra time off and have the best quarterback reveal himself?