“I think that comes with timing in the offense.”

Matthew Stafford aside, after all the years we’ve watched Georgia quarterbacks operate with, um… how shall I put it, less than optimal arm strength (not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that), it’s interesting to hear Aaron Murray’s critique of Jamie Newman’s game.

… Murray suggested that to run Todd Monken’s version of the Air Raid offense, Newman needs to get better touch on his passes.

“It’s something Jamie needs to work on,” Murray said on Birmingham’s WJOX 3-Man Front program. “It’s a little bit less of him trying to muscle the ball, and I think it’s a little bit more of Jamie needs to loosen up a little bit.”

Murray said it’s an issue for many quarterbacks with Newman’s muscular frame and build.

“A lot of time with quarterbacks, their traps (trapezius) and their side bodies get a little bit tight, so they don’t have the ability to get their arm above their head,” Murray said. “Go back to Tim Tebow, pushing the ball, you get some quarterbacks that are so big and strong, they have a tough time getting that ball up and down and over.

“That’s why he does throw the hitch well and the g- ball well, because you don’t have to get your arm up and throw over an offensive linemen, to get it into those windows in the middle of the field,” he said. “I think for him the best thing would be to get a foam roller, roll out his dang traps and chest and loosen up a little bit so he can get that arm a little bit higher to get the ball up and down for those 10 or 15 yards.”

Murray thinks familiarity will breed better mechanics.

“If you know the offense, if you know where to go with the football,” Murray said, “you can hit that back step, hitch up, let it go, nice and easy, make it catchable for the receiver.”

I think some of this gets back to what Newman will be asked to do in this year’s offense being very different from how Wake’s offense was structured in 2019.  Monken’s got work to do, but at least he’s got talent to mold.


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22 responses to ““I think that comes with timing in the offense.”

  1. Ran A

    Always like Aaron. Always thought if CMR had left him alone when he was running down the field at the end of the 2012 SEC Championship and let him call the play, that Georgia likely wins that football game. He was a coach on the field.

    With that said, and think his evaluation Newman is a little far-fetched. Newnan will be just fine.


  2. Got Cowdog

    I saw that article yesterday and it’s pretty interesting to me, because I can’t throw for shit and never could. It always puzzled me how a little skinny guy could throw a football 75 yards or a 90 mph fastball while someone larger and stronger couldn’t hit a 20 yd post.
    I guess “It ain’t about the meat…” applies to trowing footballs as well.


    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      Absolutely. Muscle is only important to the extent it is needed to generate arm speed, and after that it becomes an impediment. All that said, I just Murray had to have something to say, and that might have been the best he could come up with. It is a pretty short interview if he just says everything is perfect. If we get to play, I am really looking forward to seeing what Monken and Newman and Pickens and DRob, etc. can do.


  3. Dawg93

    Agree with Murray here – QBs, baseball players, etc. who are very muscular tend to have a shorter/tighter throwing motion, which from what I’ve seen hinders their ability to make all of the throws they need to make.


  4. ASEF

    It explains how weird it is to see guys who can laser a 35 yard out but who frequently whiff on what looks like a much easier shorter throws.

    “Touch” and “vision” are what separate the greats. Still wondering how those translate fit Newman with the step up in competition, but I suspect he will be fine.


  5. didntgotheredawg

    All the dawgporn stats from PFF disagree with Aaron on this.


    • Russ

      Yeah, that’s kinda what I was thinking, too. But I guess Newman could struggle with short routes? Maybe that’s why he’s so good with “bombs away”. BTW, I’m perfectly fine with bombs away.


  6. Don in Mar-a-Lago

    That reminds me. I’ve got to work on my traps and obliques today so I can stop tossing like a girl

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  7. Tony BarnFart

    I’m starting to think that in any sport, the best combination would be adequate base strength but yoga-like flexibility in spades. I have a friend who competes nationally in long drive competitions. He’s strong but he’s also very lean and flexible (and tall, which helps). I’ve stood right behind him at the driving range where he was tickling 400yards and it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. But it was lean muscle being torqued through probably 5 different fulcrums, not brute strength.