[Note: Stiles is a founding member of the original version of this site.]
I’m going to start by saying; I’m quite possibly the biggest Jarrett Brown supporter out there. Brown could climb a bell tower with a high powered hunting rifle and kill 23 random strangers and I'd still defend him. To my knowledge, he hasn’t done that. But what he has done is go 7-1 as a starter in his career (not going to count the Marshall game) and completely reenergize an offense that was terrible last year.
You remember these numbers? 3, 14, 15 and 13. No? Welll that would be some of the point totals WVU put up last year. Yikes.
So you would think that since the Mountaineers are back to putting up four plus scores a game, people would be on the new quarterback bandwagon, right? Wrong.
I’m amazed wading through some of the comments here and the total disregard for Brown’s game. I mean one dude said they he has lost all confidence in Brown, while every time Geno Smith has come into the game he has been super awesome. Um, really?
Let’s take a look at that. In his first appearance in the Auburn game, he was sacked. Went 2-5 throwing the ball with an interception. Then in the Syracuse game, his presence under center in the fourth quarter led to zero points. After replacing an injured Brown in the first half of the Marshall game, the Smith led offense lit up the scoreboard to the tune of three points. Those three performances are like Brady and Montana rolled into one.
My point here is not to kill Smith. He might very well be a great quarterback in the future. But right now, WVU has a pretty good under center. Just a lot of people don’t seem to realize.
Does the guy make some mistakes? No doubt about it. But on the flip slide, he’s got the Mountaineer offense on the right track. Yet people are still killing him - never mentioning things like his seven yard scramble on 3rd and 6 that paved the way for Devine’s game winning touchdown Saturday. Or him buying time that allowed Starks to get free for a big play that set up the first touchdown in the Auburn game.
Then when you factor in the sacrifices he has made to teams, yes teams, here at WVU, this guy deserves better. Basketball team short players and need JB. No problem, he’s there. Can’t find a decent solution for short yardage last year? Sure, JB will give it a shot. Then you throw in he could have very easily transferred instead of waiting his turn, this guy has been a true Mountaineer through and through. Whatever that means, by the way.
That’s why if WVU is going to win the Big East – which last I checked they still have a chance – they will need Brown to work some magic. With now some game experience under his belt, I think he’s got a pretty good shot.