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.