Danny O’Brien doesn’t have to worry about losing his job after being benched in the middle of the Utah State game. He is still the starting quarterback for Wisconsin. Probably. So says offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
Does this qualify as a vote of confidence? Canada said, “If you look at the previous game. … we didn’t play very well at Oregon [State] at the quarterback position.” Canada also acknowledges O’Brien’s struggles against Utah State especially in the ball security department. “There’s a lot of things that aren’t going well and by no means is it pointing a finger at one particular spot,” he said. “But you can’t have multiple turnovers, truthfully, in a couple of games.”
O’Brien was yanked Saturday after his second lost fumble of the season. His replacement Joel Stave didn’t do a heck of a lot but he did hold onto the ball. The Badgers were able to grind out a win with Stave handing it off and throwing safe passes. But that’s all in the past now. Canada insists neither he nor Bielema are interested in creating a quarterback controversy.
“I don’t think that is anything I’ve ever been a part of, and I don’t think that is anything coach (Bret Bielema) has been a part of, having a quick trigger and have guys worry,” Canada said.
So don’t worry Danny O’Brien. You’re the quarterback. Unless you fumble again or break the pocket too soon and try some crazy across-the-body pass that you have no chance of completing. Then I guess it will be Stave.