Hello, Newman… a continuing series

This piece isn’t really much from an Xs-and-Os perspective, but if you want to get a little feel for Jamie Newman’s physical attributes and his ability to work in pressure situations, there’s some stuff worth looking at.

Though I’m not sure how much I buy into this:

Newman isn’t Fromm. Their games, strengths and weaknesses are different. If he’s asked to run the same offense Georgia ran last season, the Dawgs will be setting Newman up for failure.

I don’t know how anyone can safely predict what Georgia’s offensive scheme for 2020 will look like, but Newman’s said he wanted to play in a pro-style attack this season to prepare him better for the NFL.  My uneducated guess is that whatever Monken constructs, it’ll look more like Georgia’s 2019 offense than Wake’s.

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22 responses to “Hello, Newman… a continuing series

  1. Husker Dawg

    I hope we employ a lot of what Monken saw done at Oklahoma State. It’s not like Brandon Weeden was running the ball for the Pokes.

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  2. ASEF

    Newman would be very good in a “2019+” scheme. Just adding the designed QB runs (draws, read options) would create a lot of space. Newman also had very good field vision from the pocket – he’s not a guy who needs to be on the move to find downfield opportunities. So yes, he could be very successful in the offense we saw in 2019.

    It’s the wrinkles that fascinate me the most. 2019 featured very few counters to the base plays. Expanding that offense rather than starting over from scratch seems a much more promising path.

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  3. Bill Glennon

    Can he handle SEC pressure and scrutiny week in and week out? Playing in front of half-empty ACC stadiums is different than playing here, and coming back against Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl does not prove he can handle pressure. As much as fans are hopeful now, they will turn on him if he’s not successful (“Gratson Lambert the Sequel”), and there are backup QBs next year that the fanbase can project there hopes onto.

    I like the fact that he’s put himself willingly in this position. He wants it. He can fail spectacularly and really hurt his draft position, but he;s going for broke. He deserves respect for that no matter what happens.

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  4. MGW

    Kind of a moot point by now.

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  5. Go Dawgs!

    I think Georgia’s offense is going to be a pro-style spread with a lot more RPOs than we saw last year and I think we are going to be more vertical. But that isn’t to say we’re going to be Mike Leach’s Air Raid. It doesn’t take a lot to be more vertical than the 2019 Bulldogs were. I also think Newman is going to be running a LOT less than he did with Wake Forest.

    Kirby Smart is well aware of what he’s got on defense in 2020. Surely he knows that there are probably only three games on the schedule where he won’t be able to choke out the other team with what “The Solid Verbal” podcasters refer to as “The Georgia Boa Constrictor.” I think you’ll see more of an attack mentality on offense than last year, but I also think we’re going to be reliant on defense in most of our games.

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  6. Mike Cooley

    We hired Monken and Faulkner to just run a slight variation of the same thing we ran last year? I doubt it.

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    • I expect the playcalling to be different, but the scheme itself? I’m not as sure as you are about how radical a change is in store.

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    • Brandon M

      I don’t think we need a radical change. Just a little less running into stacked fronts and a little more spreading out the D, getting playmakers the ball in space and actually using the whole field. Then again maybe all that meets the criteria of a radical change

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      • Russ

        If they can just coach ’em up to execute the plays Coley called later in the season, it will be an improvement. Thinking back to that article on Brady and the 1 year change he made at LSU with the receivers gives me hope. He installed some new drills for the receivers and overall they reduced their drops significantly from the previous season. I’m firmly convinced we have the talent. We just need to coax the performance out of them.

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  7. TXBaller

    I love how everyone is discounting Carson Beck 🙂

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    • Go Dawgs!

      Kirby has proven that he prizes competition above everything else and that’s why Jake Fromm was able to take Eason’s job and then was able to chase Justin Fields out of town. That said, Beck’s got himself a very tall task. Newman has an insurmountable experience edge. He’s got two years to play. If Beck can’t wrestle the job away by the end of 2021 then he’ll be competing with a #1 type prospect in Vandagriff. Can he win the job? Maybe so. If he does, it’ll mean he’s a beast so I’m here for it.

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    • Russ2

      I agree , i think Beck is a Player

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    • Mike Cooley

      I love how people care one way or the other. I want whoever is best to start. I couldn’t care less which one that ends up being.

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      • Russ

        Bingo. Newman has a great edge in experience and I’m glad he’s here. But if Beck, Mathis or Bennett beat him out, I’m all for it. I just hope they all perform as well as they can individually and the best QB wins out.

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  8. duronimo

    Coaching and scheme either enhances the performance of athletes or it becomes the reason for their failure to progress. 2019, Fromm was playing the opponents plus his own coaching staff. In Monken’s system, Jake would have been lights out. That applies to each and every QB in the room now. We can parse the nuts and bolts about how Monken will proceed. But a clue is his track record of maximizing talent and potential. His scheme will deploy all our talent playing at the best whatever label is put on it.

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  9. FlyingPeakDawg

    Tom Brady would be set-up to fail with last year’s offense. BTW, does he have any eligibility left?

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  10. Brian Dansby

    I watched 2018 Tampa Bay games yesterday and 2011 OK State games. These were supposedly Monken offenses. The formations are very similar to what the Dawgs run. I did see lots of deep throws and deep throws completed. I saw lots of throws to the tight ends (GASP!). I saw a lot of open receivers. Neither team ran as much as we do but they ran. The biggest similarity was one big time receiver, OK State had Justin Blackmon and Tampa had Mike Evans. The other receivers were role players I had never heard of. I saw three different QBs with different skill sets (Jamis and Fitzpatrick for Tampa and Tweeden or however you spell that for OK State). All of them ran the ball and all completed a lot of passes.

    Hopefully with our RBs we can still be balanced and unpredictable (please, please, please). But I don’t see a ton of wholesale changes in formation.

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  11. I don’t see why he couldn’t be successful in the 2019 offense. Or at least as successful as Fromm.

    The 2019 offense was it’s own worst enemy for the most part. I still look at it as a chicken or the egg scenario. Fromm was the egg and Coley was the chicken.

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  12. W Cobb Dawg

    “Newman isn’t Fromm”. I’m not even sure Fromm is Fromm when comparing his years two and three.

    I’m hoping we see the O adjusted to use Newman’s athleticism. I felt a big reason Fields left was a refusal by the staff to adjust the offense to maximize his skills. I trust we won’t repeat that mistake.

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