Did Brian Kelly create a QB controversy? He doesn't think so
Posted by: Chris Vannini on September 9, 2012
Brian Kelly raised eyebrows Saturday when he put in a cold Tommy Rees with two minutes to play in a tie game.
Kelly proved right when Rees drove the Irish down for a game-winning field goal against Purdue. As it turned out, starter Everett Golson had suffered a slight thumb injury, but the coach said Sunday he was likely going with Rees anyway.
"I had already begun the conversation with (Chuck) Martin about installing Tommy into that situation. So the knowledge of running our two‑minute trumped any kind of injury that he may have had. Now, it contributed in the end to make it an easier decision for me. "
Did Kelly create a quarterback controversy? He doesn't think so, and reiterated that Golson will remain the team's starter. Kelly said he's not worried about Golson reacting negatively, given the trust between the two.
"Yeah, I think we spend so much time together that he's going to know that what we tell him is what we mean," Kelly said. "We are not going to be sending mixed messages. There's got to be a trust factor there that, 'Hey, what we tell you is what we mean. Let's go back to work.' So I think if you only talk to him once a week, yeah, you probably would have those concerns, but we eat dinner together every day. So there's constant communication where we are all on the same page."
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