It’s been amusing, to say the least, to see the social media reaction to the Newman signing, particularly in regard to Gator Nation, which, in addition to already measuring the space to add the 2020 SEC East trophy, has shown a proclivity for knowing what Georgia’s offensive scheme is and will be.
(As an aside, I had no idea those folks were so butthurt over Beck’s decision to come to Georgia. But, as usual, I digress.)
Not so funny, though, is what I read from Newman’s training guru about the same.
“In the offense that they are running, they haven’t been in a position where they could add to the game with the quarterback runs,” Avery said, citing Fromm’s limited mobility. “They’ll be able to do that, but I think it will be limited.”
The modified version of the Bulldogs’ offense will stay balanced, but Newman adds a dimension Fromm could not.
Avery indicated Georgia coach Kirby Smart isn’t looking for any offensive gadgetry from Newman.
“He’s going to allow Jamie to pass the football, drive the ball down the field and outside the hashes,” Avery said. “When things break down and they’re not available outside, then I think they’re going to be able to use his legs.
“It’s not gonna be a bunch of quarterback runs, although, he has the ability to do that as well as anyone in the country.”
I’m not looking for any offensive gadgetry from Newman, either, but I sure am hoping for less of that “outside the hashes” stuff. Georgia’s passing game desperately needs to reacquaint itself with the middle of the field.
I assume Avery is getting some of that from Newman himself, but I’m still uncertain how much anyone can rely on anything about Georgia’s offensive philosophy going forward until we see how Smart fills the open position on the coaching staff. (NOTE TO READERS: I am probably putting too much hope in the new guy and you are free to mock me for doing so when Kirby brings on somebody he touts as being a wizard in the run game.)