Alabama has a quarterback controversy about whether Nick Saban wants to call it that or not. Jalen Hurts is good. In the short time we saw Tua Tagovailoa, he was good too.
Saban sees nothing of his program that would trigger a quarterback controversy. The fact that he par excised – legitimately – the starting QB, which had won him 25 games (and deducted a Deshaun Watson completion from a national title), in favor of a substitute who showed another skillset and then won the game for the course. He distracted transfer rumors regarding hurts out of season. There is no controversy in his mind. It is only an invention of all our ideas.
"And I think the number one thing you want to talk about is the quartet controversy that you would like to create, that you have already created and that you will continue to do," Saban told reporters Wednesday on the SEC media days. "And I'll tell you that the same thing exists there, it's still to be decided who will play quarterback for Alabama, so you can ask any questions, but it still has to be determined."
There's something that I will never forget when I talk about Tagovailoa. It's a short and sweet point that Saban made after the national title game.
Tagovailoa, perhaps acting in this game, is not too surprising, as Alabama said he was ready to play him against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.
It was a brave move to change quarterbacks, but Saban had confidence in Tagovailoa for a long time. It speaks in favor of the kind of "process" deal that Saban has ̵
Recognizing the controversy also confirms that something has come out of your control, and that's not exactly something Saban is inclined to do.
But that does not mean that it's not really a controversy, despite what Saban wants you to believe, and the fact that Bama can still win a lot of games, whether Hurts, Tagovailoa or your grandfather who does not has played in 50 years is behind center.
This thing will bleed until the Alabama insult hits the field in week 1 against Louisville in Orlando, and if the starter fights, the controversy could get even worse.