LOS ANGELES--We all remember how last year's quarterback battle unfolded. It was long, arduous, even painful to watch at times as a decision just never seemed to materialize for the longest time.
Coach Sarkisian wants to quickly put to rest all the conversation about this season's starter, but is waiting for the right moment to unleash his grand masterpiece.
"It's marinating. You know when you have a steak? ... I'm not ready to cook it yet."
Cody Kessler, the redshirt junior who started every game last season, started Spring with the upper hand over Max Browne -largely due to experience and overall mastery of the offense- and the recent spring battle has yet to vastly flip the barometer in favor of the talented, but still developing No. 1 rated passer back in high school.
We know how each of these quarterbacks stand heading into the week, but it seems ever clear that coach Sarkisian knows what he wants to do. The question is when. "I have an idea, but I'm just not completely set," Sarkisian said.
Last season, Cody Kessler and Max Wittek (the quarterback who started the final two games of that prior season) battled it out from Spring Football to Fall Camp all the way through the first three weeks of the season.
Jalen Greene has a firm grasp on the third-string role, ready to fill the shoes of an injured passer or even some situational work over the next five years. But much like the way Lane Kiffin tried to keep the faith alive for all his QB prospects, Steve Sarkisian wants both Max Browne and Cody Kessler to always feel challenged for the starting job.
Well at least until Steve Sarkisian feels ready to pave the way for a powerful quarterback carousel on the horizon.