An absolute wild card

The more I read about what Jamie Newman brings to the table

  • “… Newman has a good arm with solid velocity and athleticism to scramble into the open field and make plays with his legs because of that ability to extend the play.”
  • “… Standing at 6’4″ and showing off a good, but not great arm, Newman has the necessary physical tools to succeed at the NFL level.”
  • “The other thing that Newman will show out on tape is flashes of great tight-window throws.”
  • “He has the natural contact balance to break tackles and move around to create magic out of structure.”
  • “The first big issue is the fact that Newman often fails to process changes in the picture from pre-snap to post-snap as a whole.”
  • “I have issues with his pocket movement, as well.”
  • “On timing plays, he is rushing his mechanics as a result of being a beat behind the hit off the receiver’s break.”

… the more I become convinced he is a very different kind of quarterback than Jake Fromm was.

Although at least both have footwork issues in common, so there’s that.  Let’s hope Todd Monken is a skilled quarterback coach.  He’s got some teaching moments ahead of him.

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10 responses to “An absolute wild card

  1. spur21

    Newman will face much better defenses now but his surrounding cast is far better than Wake. I’m looking forward to the season whenever it comes.

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    • DawgByte

      Newman has a lively arm and can throw the long ball better than Jake. What concerns me is ball security. Newman’s got to cut down on the number of INT’s in 2020.

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      • Anonymous

        The pressure of playing from behind can lead to a large increase in INTs. When you are playing with a 2x TD lead, you are more mentally prepared to take the sack or throw it away. The trick will be for Moken to coach a certain level of calmness in him.

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  2. 92 Grad

    Yes, it is really sad that this coming season looks to be unique in that there are so many distractions from the “normal” off season and run into the fall. This year would have been one of the most exciting and interesting to Georgia football since the ‘17 season, and most if not all the prior seasons. So much potential for positives and surprising things this year.

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  3. PTC DAWG

    Tee it up.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    The kid’s name escapes me at the moment, but in 2019 there was a first time starting QB on a playoff team that threw for 41 TDs and ran for 10 more. I haven’t heard a peep about his f#*king footwork! Maybe his coach adjusted the offense to maximize the kid’s skills and limit damage from things like poor footwork.

    Fromm suffered because of ultraconservative coaching. If he got into rhythm, we changed the tempo. The sideline throws had the boundary acting as an extra defender. He could call the RB-QB run option all day, as long as he didn’t actually keep the ball and run.

    If an excellent college QB like Fromm couldn’t run that offense, nobody can. The 2020 offense needs fundamental change, not better footwork coaching – although it would be a step in the right direction.

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    • Meh, yes and no. The play calling and manball philosophy didn’t help, but for 3 years, Fromm refused to throw over the middle. There is only so much you can put that on the coaches. Surrounding the middle of the field left him with nothing but tough, low percentage sideline passes.

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      • Rocketdawg

        This is such a meme that has been accepted as fact. Go back and watch 2017 and 2018. Fromm threw over the middle plenty. Last year not so much due to the need to keep the TE in to block plus the fact that Woerner couldn’t get separation in the route. Angle routes and circle routes to the RB’s were in the middle third of the field

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        • I watched every snap for the past 3 years. Did he occasionally throw over the middle? Sure. But it is unquestionably obvious that he wasn’t comfortable doing it or that his first instinct was to throw outside.

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