“Georgia is looking to move towards dual threats.”

If this report is to be believed, Jacob Eason isn’t the only quarterback whom Smart wants running the ball.

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33 responses to ““Georgia is looking to move towards dual threats.”

  1. This dual-threat vs. pro-style debate is getting old. I want a QB who is an excellent passer first and a runner second. If you don’t have the arm strength to make the back shoulder throw, we shouldn’t be offering the kid.

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    • dawgtired

      One of the most frustrating things to watch in college football are these QBs that can run and sling the ball a mile but rarely connect on a pass…kind-of like being able to shoot a basketball clean over the back board…useless.

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      • Macallanlover

        That is the point, too often we talk about arm strength which is damned important but you aren’t a deep threat until you hit a few. You can buy the very best, and most powerful, sniper rifle but you had better save some money for a magnificent scope. You are not a real threat if you cannot find the target.

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        • Argondawg

          Agreed but the most dominant quarterbacks in the last 5 or 6 years are those guys that can take a team on their back and win. I think of Cam, Jameis and Deshaun to name a few. Hell even Cardale to some extent. Just because people are winning titles that way it’s something we shouldn’t do? What kind of logic is that?

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  2. UGA85

    Given the number of dual threat quarterbacks produced by the state of Georgia, it seems irresponsible to not recruit them. The pain alone of watching Clemson and Watson beat Bama should make this a necessity.

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    • 81Dog

      I guess that’s true for the occasional prospect who has the talent of Derek Watson. But just because there are a lot of dual threat guys in HS, it doesn’t automatically follow that all of them, or any of them, are a Derek Watson. I guess it’s ok to be open to grabbing the next one, but just getting “a dual threat guy” doesn’t really mean anything in terms of winning championships. We won an SEC title running the veer, and the next year we were on our 6th QB by the end of the Tech game. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean it’s the smartest thing to do.

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    • Watson is exactly the type of player we should recruit. He was a pass first guy who could accurately throw every route on the tree. The fact he could use his feet to extend plays and make positive yardage was a bonus.

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  3. MGW

    I just want to see them pursuing the best QB’s we can, regardless of skill set. Get the best QB you can, adjust your play calling accordingly. Sounds to me like thats the plan.

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  4. Uglydawg

    Dont forget we have the kid from SE Georgia that signed as a preferred walk-on. He can scoot and pass…He is also cat-like in the quickness of his decisions to sling it.

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    • Greg

      yeah….could be a diamond in the rough. I like that kid’s potential, makes me think of Dee Dowis (Air Force). I believe he was also from Georgia.

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  5. DoubleDawg1318

    I guess this writer doesn’t have a good memory because Aaron Murray was the #1 dual threat QB coming out of high school. Being mobile isn’t just about taking off with the ball a la Manziel and Newton. It’s also the ability to get outside the pocket and still make a throw a la Rodgers and Wilson. Murray was in the latter category and I hope that’s what Smart is looking for. I don’t want the next Hurts or Marshall who are basically runners who can heave it. I want a mobile passer like Murray. He could make all the throws plus extending the play with his feet before hitting you over the head with a good pass. That’s where I think the dual threat can be especially deadly. That’s probably what it will take to beat Bama honestly.

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    • 92 grad

      Lol. Too easy. Sometimes I wonder if these analysts in CFB are like those bookworms from school, where they know everything but never see it because they hate sunlight.

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    • Vaqueroguero

      Have been a little surprised Murray never got a at least a shot in an actual NFL game. Though short for the league I figured he would work his way in like Brees just cause he was so damn good for the dawgs.

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      • DawgPhan

        I feel like the NFL is filled with guys who always do what everyone expects them to do. The Combine in starting so we get to see all the amazing insights from anonymous scouts and GMs about hand size and hip swivel.

        those guys are all pretty dumb.

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      • Macallanlover

        Agree, he may not have ever been a star but he is better, or as good, as a dozen QBs that have gotten a shot in the past 2 years. All a matter of the draft and the durability/entrenchment of the guy ahead of you. Smith isn’t a top QB but never opened the door for those behind them. In the NFL you get one QB from opening play until final snap unless something tragic occurs. Has a lot to do with the parity issue but also, I think, the betting lines.

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    • DawgPhan

      You mentioned Rodgers and that was who I immediately thought of. I want the best pure QB I can get, but if he can take off on a broken down play and get me a first down that is even better.

      A guy that ran the option in high school but can really spin it doesnt get my juices flowing(I believe that guy is currently holding down our back up punter spot). Back shoulder throws get the juices flowing.

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  6. So far I see a little push back with the ‘dual threat’ label. Any coach will tell you they want an accurate and good decision maker at QB first, and then after that if a qb can hurt you with his feet, then any coach worth his salt is going to want that too. Maybe UGA is trying to shake a perceived pocket passer preference on the recruiting trail? I really doubt Chaney is looking to move us toward a spread option.

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  7. Greg

    Can picture Chaney now demonstrating the “run, pass, option”……or maybe the “run and shoot”…better known as “chuck and duck”. God rest his soul (Buddy Ryan).

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    • Bazooka Joe

      That was the June Jones “poot & punt” offense…… great between the 20’s but once inside the 20…. throw out the anchor !

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  8. Gravidy

    Am I the only one who thinks this supposed shift in philosophy is mostly about the difficulty of attracting a 4+ star pro-style QB in 2018 after taking a 5 star in the previous two years?

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  9. dawgtired

    “You do whatever you have to do to win the game,” Smart said in January 2016

    It doesn’t sound like Kirby planned for 2016 to be a “throw-away”.

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    • Too bad his staff didn’t coach like it.

      If that statement is a true reflection of Kirby’s approach, then I’m at a loss why they focused on “identity” instead of doing what worked, more.

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  10. AusDawg85

    Given the past and projected current performance of our OL, seems natural for any UGA QB to be able to run…for their lives.

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  11. saw jones in last regular season game of this past year. ineffective in a blowout loss. played more at WR than QB.

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  12. dawgman3000

    Interesting that once again for all of the Murray love in these posts, the dual threat qb (Shockley) that actually won a championship barely gets mentioned. Smh

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  13. Hobnail_Boot

    This is without the dumbest article I’ve read in quite a while.

    If Trevor Lawrence had committed to the G, then we wouldn’t be pursuing other options.

    In addition, if UGA Really was having a philosophy change, then they would have been all over Jones and Fields long ago.

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  14. Bigshot

    If they are going to do that they have started recruiting the wrong kind of lineman.

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