COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Danny O'Brien #5 of the Maryland Terrapins jogs off the field during the second half of the game against the Temple Owls at Byrd Stadium on September 24, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. Temple defeated Maryland 38-7. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Scott McBrien will always hold a special spot in the heart of Maryland fans as the Terrapins' best quarterback of the decade and the guy at the helm of these beatdowns. He's also firmly driving the Start Danny O'Brien Bandwagon.
"In my opinion, Danny should start," McBrien said. "For them to start C.J. Brown, I feel like it's the wrong decision. Danny has proven it. He's a gamer, he makes the big plays." [...]
"Bottom line, Danny's your guy," he said. "He was the ACC rookie of the year. The guy's got some talent. C.J. Brown's got talent as well. He's a big kid, he's fast, he's athletic, but he doesn't throw the ball as well as Danny or have the experience."
McBrien has a great perspective on something like this, of course, and much of his reasoning - the system, the confidence - has been used around these parts before and makes plenty of sense.
It also goes against the guesses of both myself and the Sun's Jeff Barker. (Personally, it's pretty clear the staff has a thing for CJ.) As I've said before, I think there's more than one right way to go about this, and McBrien's perspective doesn't necessarily mean he's 100% right, even if it's worth taking something like that into consideration.
But the money quote here: McBrien doesn't like Gary Crowton any more than you or I.
"What a coach has got to do is run plays that Danny is good at. Every week you've got quarterback meetings. Bring Danny in the meeting for plays that he's most comfortable with," McBrien said. "You've got to run plays that suit the quarterback. You shouldn't just run plays that you think should work."
Exactly. And that - running a system that fits Maryland's quarterback - will determine the success of Maryland's offense, much more than who starts at QB.