In effect, nothing ever changes for Petrino. He seemed just as confident in his abilities to generate a high-scoring offense when he met with the media on Monday for his review of spring drills.
"Our guys understand we will get to where we need to be," Petrino said. "That's when everyone steps on the field, we expect to go score. I enjoy pushing us to get better."
Petrino said it's always difficult for the head coach in the spring. It's offense versus defense on every play and it's not always easy to decide if you liked or disliked the result.
"Spring ball is always hard on me," he said. "One day it's the defense winning, the next day it's the offense. It's hard to evaluate your team when that happens. I know we can really rush the passer with this defense and we have a lot of experience. When you are like that, you are really going to be pushed on offense. That makes you better."
"I'm not big on post spring depth charts," Petrino said. "Some time during camp we'll have one."
Petrino added the quarterback battle might continue "until sometime close to the first game." The coach said both quarterbacks had good springs but that Mitchell struggled in the last scrimmage and the spring game.
Wilson, who followed Petrino to the microphone, said he wasn't surprised that there was no announcement of the starting quarterback.
"Even when Ryan Mallett was here, a starter wasn't named," Wilson said. "I wasn't expecting it this time either. It's good for the team to do it this way. It's beneficial. You want to push all the players. It makes the team better and keeps everyone working hard. No, I didn't expect it."
If there was any frustration in Petrino on Monday, it concerned the spring progress of the running game, particularly in the lack of big plays from top runner Knile Davis. He seemed to suggest that Ronnie Wingo had closed the gap in that battle.
"Knile didn't have as as good of a spring," Petrino said. "We expect him to break big runs. I understand that there are a number of reasons for it. The offensive line is part of it. It's also a situation where the defensive line played well and our secondary is much improved. We didn't miss tackles. But I was still upset with the running game after the spring."
Offensive line coach Chris Klenakis and Petrino watched some video highlights from the previous spring that had "40 long runs by Davis." The same running game video from this spring had only one long run by Davis.
"Ronnie Wingo really had a good spring," Petrino said. "He utilized his speed. He was disciplined in his tracks. He was hard to tackle."
Petrino continues to be high on the defense, but he said it's time for a major jump in play.
"It's time for us to be a dominant defense," he said. "We need to come in and get three and outs. We need to get turnovers. We need to score on defense.
"We have guys who have been in the system a long time. We have four-year staters like Jake Bequette and Jerry Franklin. And then there are others who have been here four years like Tenarius Wright. These are guys who have played when we were getting beat up four years ago.
"Our defense didn't make a lot of mistakes this spring. We didn't blow coverages. We tackled well in the spring game. We didn't have a lot of missed tackles this spring."
Petrino likes the front four and it's a group that will benefit from the return of starters DeQuinta Jones and Byran Jones in the fall. Both are recovering from offseason surgeries. Petrino said he's seen both do well in the weight room in recent days. He said they are 100 percent healed.
"We have a great chance to be good with this front four," he said. "I'm excited about Robert Thomas. I see more experience at linebacker, but we still have a ways to go there.
"We are more physical with our inside front. We saw where we needed to go there when we got here and we addressed that in recruiting. That first year, we saw what kind of defensive fronts we had in our league. We've gotten better. Our strength and conditioning staff has done a good job with that group.
"(Junior college transfer) Robert Thomas showed great movement and really could bend and has that acceleration. Once he learns to be more disciplined, he'll be even better. He really is physical and plays hard. He looks like he enjoys it. John L. Smith likes to talk about the ones that have a motor. He has a motor."
Petrino said the offensive line made "some strides" in the spring, but still has a ways to go. He said the 15 practices did identify four good candidates for the offensive tackle openings -- Brey Cook, Jason Peacock, Anthony Oden and Grant Freeman.
"It's good competition there," he said. "We've got four who can play. I thought Alvin Bailey (at strong guard) really had a good spring. He is a dominant player, a powerful offensive guard. We've got to build around him and our center, Travis Swanson.
"We still have a ways to go at tight end. We have ability, but we don't have consistency. We lost D.J. Williams, Ben Cleveland and then also the fullback, Van Stumon, who we used to block at the line of scrimmage like a tight end. We have some work to do there.
"Our receivers had a good spring. We were happy to see the play of some of the young guys like Julian Horton and Maudrecus Humphrey. They did a nice job and we have really nice depth there.
"It hurt us to lose Broderick Green (to knee surgery), but we have three good backs and we have good depth there."
The quarterbacks both know that they will be watched this summer as they try to become the leaders of the offense in the 7-on-7 drills and weight room workouts.
Wilson acknowledged that his personality is somewhat "introverted" but that he knows how to step forward when a tough hand is needed.
"First, my goal is to get bigger and stronger this summer," Wilson said. "You lose some weight in the spring and I want to put some pounds back on my body.
"The other goal is to get our timing down and help get the guys together to work on our routes and chemistry."
Can he be a tough guy with teammates?
"I have that in my personality," he said. "I have that if I need it. Naturally, I'm probably a little more introverted. But I think leadership comes with the position. I think when you implement things, it just comes. If I need to be, I can get heavier with it.
"The chemistry just comes from hanging out together. We are up here a lot. We spend a lot of time together from the 7-on-7, to (video) study to our workouts. I try to be seen up here as much as possible. I think it all goes back to being personable."
Wilson knows this can be a prolific attack. There are lots of weapons.
"There is pressure on the quarterback in this offense, but that's good," he said. "A lot of the offense is on the quarterbacks. It's friendly for quarterback numbers. But the overall goal is for Ws. The wins are what I'm going to strive for, not the quarterback numbers."
Can they be good on offense?
"There is no doubt in my mind," he said. "We can. The spring tends to be a little sloppy. I sat at home and watched some other spring games. That just tends to be the way it is.
"We need to continue to build chemistry, but there is no doubt this offense can be as deadly as any that have been around here."
Mitchell said his goal was to continue to learn all aspects of the offense this summer.
"I want to be more consistent," he said. "I need to just keep watching film and learning on the right things to do in each situation. My main focus is to continue to be a better passer and a student of the game."