This is exactly what has had me scratching my head over the last few weeks.
When JT announced he was coming back I genuinely thought he would end up our starter. I just thought his experience in there would be his edge. I knew we had some good QB's waiting in the wing, but I figured that they would need to be significantly better than JT to leap-frog him in the rotation. Even so, I did think we would have a pretty dynamic competition on our hands.
I'm more a fan of looking at it as a clean slate every year and may the best man win, but I knew everything that JT has done for the program on and off the field, and I'm a realist. We, as humans, usually tend to favor those that have earned their stripes and paid their dues as appose to those that have not... And I was ok with one more year of JT, for better or worse.
That being said, it seems very contradictory to what Urban has always preached (The value of competition and not letting anyone get too comfortable). But in this case, where we seem to have 3 guys where you could pick a name out of a hat and you couldn't lose, it seems that Haskins and Burrow aren't even competing for the job, but rather 2nd place is the best they can hope for.
I am not trying to insinuate that the coaches words are anything conspiratory or anything less than genuine, but I do wonder if the 2015 QB-geddon debacle may have messed with Urban's head a little bit. Nobody could have watched that whole thing unfold and came away feeling like Urban was doing the right thing. It seemed confused, unsure, and frankly ameture. It was ugly. I think it effected the confidence of both Cardale and JT, as well as the the entire team. Everyone seemed to be unsure of themselves. I wonder if from that point moving forward, it is unlikely that you will see any QB competition (controversy) play out so publicly under Urban Meyer's watch.
Again, I am not saying that there is a controversy, but I am saying that I hope there is at least a little bit of competition, and even if this is really more of a 3-horse race, we might never know about it.