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Ask Doug Marrone About The QB Situation At Your Own Peril

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Photo Credit: Jamie De Pould, Daily Orange
Photo Credit: Jamie De Pould, Daily Orange

One thing that was never in question with Greg Robinson press conferences (other than use of the words flash, want-to and osmosis) was his demeanor.  Try as you might, Robinson refused to get angry at anyone, or even hint that anything is wrong at all.

Not HCDM.  Tremendous Doug calls it like he sees it.  And while he hasn't had any outbursts yet (wait til we lose by 40 to USF), he's hinted at the potential. Today was a perfect example.

According to Conor Orr at the D.O., one reporter didn't appreciate the fact that Doug Marrone is taking his time to make the best decision possible at the quarterback position.  Said reporter made "a face."  The fuse was officially lit.

"Now, I’m not mad at that question, and I see you making a face at me, I never get mad guys, but I’m just telling you, the way I go about this is, if I have something to say, I’ll say it to the quarterbacks first and the team. I don’t want to say it to the paper first…I’m not mad, but what I don’t want is a face you know what I’m saying? That’s not fair. If you ask me a question, I’m always going to treat you with respect, even if I don’t think it’s a very good question. I respect you for what you do, so I’ll just ask you to respect me - I think that’s fair."

Cause if you don't know...now you know.

Marrone would go on to say that the competition was, uh, "competitive" and that "the decision is going to be based on the quarterback we can win with now."  Donne mentions that the order in which the QBs have been taking snaps has been Nassib, Paulus, Loeb, Dantley and James Jarrett, though reading into that will probably get you nowhere.

I sense that Doug is a Blink kind of guy.  He seems to know what he wants quickly.  He probably already has a very good idea of who the starter is going to be, he's just covering his butt (and thighs).  I don't think he'll wait as long as he says (8-9 days before the 1st game), I think it's much more likely he makes a decision by the end of the week.  Just don't ask him about it...