Let me preface this by saying I have no inside information, no connection, no idea what is going on inside Danny O’Brien’s head, so everything to follow is just opinion and speculation in the highest degree.
With all that being said, the big winner this week that no one is talking about is CJ Brown. I don’t know what he did to get this lucky, but whatever it was, he needs to keep doing it. First he gets two new offensive weapons to work with next fall, assuming Wes Brown and Stephon Diggs get immediate playing time. Wait a minute, I just realized we have another Brown. Maybe the reason we don’t have names on the back of the jersey’s anymore is because eventually everyone on the team is just going to be named Brown?
Conspiracy theories behind, CJ gets two new weapons, AND the only player on the team that is capable of taking playing time away from him is gone. Pretty much “Here you go kid, the keys to the car, oh and be careful, I tuned it up a little and added some horsepower”. CJ Brown has to be on cloud nine.
But back to O’Brien, why do you think he would transfer? First he was all on board with Edsall, second he loves his team mates, the University (he will graduate from Maryland and be considered an alum) and the area. We were transitioning back to a more pro-style offense which he ran during his highly successful Freshman season.
So why change? Here’s my thought. Because he wasn’t going to win his job back. I touched on this earlier, but CJ Brown is 100% healthy, DOB is still limited going into Spring Practice. A new system, even if it is like the old system will still take some adjustments. CJ Brown will be running that system and learning it all spring long. He will be getting his timing down, and figuring out the reads. He is talented, and though sometimes the intended receiver isn’t in the TV frame when one of his passes hits the ground, he is still capable of moving the team.
So Danny did not want to risk losing time getting his job back. Granted as I said, there are a lot of dots being connected with few numbers on the paper to guide me, but no other reason makes sense.
I honestly think we were in a situation where we had two talented QB’s and one spot, if Danny stayed and it appeared he was going to win his job back, then I think we would be talking about CJ Brown leaving. So it was going to be one or the other. DOB just took fate into his own hands by bowing out now.
Symbolically this still and will continue to hurt, but many forget we had a actual QB controversy last season that was only truly ended by Notre Dame, and though I was behind DOB the whole way, it wasn’t an easy decision. CJ Brown brings a lot to the table and now he will see every snap in spring and quite possibly (and God willing) every snap this fall.
Fear not Terps fans, the world is not ending in fact it could be much better. Then again, one of my biggest flaws is being too optimistic, looking for silver linings in fog banks if you will. But I’m high on this team and am excited for the fall campaign. With Danny or not, I was hoping it was with, but without may not matter as much as initially thought. Time to move forward, we wish Danny the best, but CJ is now our guy.