Matt McGloin took the high road during an interview three months ago.
When asked about riding the Penn State quarterback carousel the last two seasons, he was reluctant to blame former head coach Joe Paterno and quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno.
"I wasn't the guy the whole time the last two years," McGloin said then. "There was nothing I could do about it. The past is the past."
So then why does he keep bringing it up?
During a teleconference Wednesday, he criticized the former staff when he was asked about sophomore wide receiver Allen Robinson, who's off to a wonderful start.
"He definitely should have played a lot more last year," McGloin said. "The coaches last year didn't give him the opportunity that he deserved."
A month ago, he teed off on the former staff when asked about new Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher.
"They're just teaching us the right way how to play the game of football and the right way to play quarterback," McGloin said. "We've never had anything like that before here."
I like McGloin, his personality, his honesty, his feistiness and his story. I believe he should have been the starting quarterback for all of the last two years at Penn State.
But he looks small when he keeps taking shots at the former staff. And that's a shame because he's off to a very good start this season.
McGloin leads the Big Ten with eight touchdown passes and has thrown just one interception. He's fourth in the conference in passing yards per game (229.3). He's played well enough for the Lions to be at least 2-1, despite playing through an elbow injury.
So it's no wonder that he's enamored with O'Brien, who showed enough faith to name him the starter in June.
"He's made me better than I ever thought I was capable of being," McGloin said. "He's opened my eyes to so many different things. I'm seeing different things and slowing the game down and making the right decisions. Coach Fisher has worked a ton with me on my mechanics.
"With that combination, I feel like one of the luckiest quarterbacks in the nation. I feel like I'm in a really good spot right now."
But while complimenting O'Brien and Fisher Wednesday, McGloin managed to slight the former staff when asked where he'd be now without a coaching change.
"Fortunately I don't have to think about where I'd be if that didn't happen," he said. "But I'm glad Coach O'Brien is here. Without him I wouldn't be half the quarterback I am today. He's taught me so much."
So McGloin has made it clear that he believes he's receiving better coaching than he did in his previous seasons at Penn State. Many would agree with him.
McGloin is making better decisions and is getting the offense in the right plays and out of the wrong ones. According to O'Brien, he has great command of the system.
But Joe Paterno and his staff gave him a chance to play Division I-A football when no one else did, something he acknowledged during that June interview.
"I felt I could play at a higher level (than Division I-AA)," McGloin said then. "Fortunately for me, Penn State gave me this opportunity . I owe everything I have to them (his former coaches)."
He also owes a lot to O'Brien, who's getting the most out of him
"You knew he was going to help me become a better quarterback," McGloin said, "and a better leader as well."
O'Brien said last week that McGloin has grown up in many ways since he was hired by Penn State in January.
It's time for McGloin to show that maturity with regards to the former staff. The past is the past.