Goodbye, Newman.

“One of the guiding principles of both the SEC and UGA return-to-play protocols has been the health and safety of our student-athletes.  We have emphasized continually that any student-athlete who decides to opt-out because of health and/or safety concerns related to COVID-19 would be fully supported to include honoring scholarships, access to academic facilities, etc., and would remain in good standing with the team.  While we will miss him being part of our program, I fully support Jamie’s decision and we will continue to regard him as a Georgia Bulldog.  Certainly we wish him nothing but the best in his quest for an NFL career and he knows he will always have a home at UGA.”

Kirby Smart, Head Coach, University of Georgia

While yesterday’s news about Newman’s opt-out was surprising, to say the least, in the cold light of day, this is what I keep coming back to:

Along with something Andy Staples wrote ($$):

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A program typically loaded with talent runs a boring, predictable offense most years. Every year, the coach swears the offense will be less boring and predictable, but every year it looks the same.

Am I talking about Georgia? No. I’m talking about LSU before 2019.

And that’s why Georgia could take the final step toward becoming a year-in, year-out national title contender. It was obvious after last year’s SEC title game that the Bulldogs needed to modernize their offense.

The defense was excellent, but the offense held Georgia back. So Smart went out and hired Monken, an offensive chameleon who has run one of the best Air Raid offenses ever to take the field (Oklahoma State 2011) but who also has called plays in the NFL (Buccaneers 2016-18). Monken has to decide between transfers Newman and Daniels at QB, but Newman feels like the favorite because he is the QB the Bulldogs sought out after Fromm’s departure. Newman can run the ball when needed, but he also can distribute to the elite athletes Georgia has spent the past few years stockpiling.

We probably won’t see an offensive awakening quite as amazing as LSU’s for a long time, but if Monken does his job and Georgia runs an offense that looks like it belongs in this century, that might be good enough to win the Bulldogs an SEC title.

I’m sorry Newman’s gone, but Smart’s taken steps to make sure the show will go on. I may have cause to regret my faith, but in Monken I trust.

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31 responses to “Goodbye, Newman.

  1. Upward and onward, with whichever QB that may be.

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  2. stoopnagle

    I hate to say it, particularly when UGA will be tremendous on defense – but… new QB + new OC is on average going to cost a game or two. Maybe our elite recruiting comes through, IDK. I felt good with a senior (albeit transfer) like Newman; now we have a guy who isn’t cleared to play and a handful of youngsters with no experience. I want to think a guy who could start at USC will be more than enough but he left for a reason and there’s the little thing about his knee. I’m feeling low.

    Maybe it’s because I finished Seth’s book last night and the last 50 pagers are a downer?

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    • The lack of experience even just week to week practice at quarterback concerns me much more than anything with monken. And I don’t feel that we have Nick Chubb and Sony Michel behind the new QB.

      But h*** this season is turning into a comedy anyway and a good chance it doesn’t even finish. I don’t even care about rings or any of that that much anymore. watching Georgia beat Florida will be good enough for me

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  3. TN Dawg

    “Opting out” is a nice euphemism for “quitting”, which is what it truly is.

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  4. practicaldawg

    One thing’s for sure: 2020 isn’t done hatching gremlins yet. Every SEC team on our schedule will get their fair share.

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    We’re on to Cincinnati.

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  6. I can’t figure how Newman thinks it is a wise career move.

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    • Derek

      He has to think its a race between him and Justin to be the second and third qb off the board. The comp isn’t playing either. If Lawrence gets hurt playing they could both move up.

      He probably also likes the idea of an agent taking care of him from now until he signs.

      Finally, do we know what the team policy is with regard to associating with coeds during the pandemic? Could that policy be both reasonable for safety purposes and unreasonable in terms of the “privileges of youth?”

      None of these are “irrational” but I would have thought he’d try playing himself into being the No. 1 pick next spring.

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  7. mddawg

    “And that’s why Georgia could take the final step toward becoming a year-in, year-out national title contender.”

    Are we not there already?

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  8. Derek

    I remember when people around here said we’d be better off with Joe Cox than Matt Stafford.

    I know I feel a helluva lot less positive about playing a night game in Tuscaloosa in a few weeks.

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  9. Is Newman really gonna stay in class?

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  10. It seems, as I can only speculate like the rest of you, that Newman may have started to buy into his own press clippings. The last couple months as the ordained UGA starter, various sports outlets were touting his potential and hyper focusing in on his positive stats while at Wake (which I loved reading btw). Much emphasis was placed on his success rate in making passes in tight windows as an example vs his over QB rating his last season. He didn’t get this amount of attention or good press while he was at Wake, and being the potential starter at Georgia vaulted him in the media’s eye…we also speculated if he had the ability to play another season and improve his stats, that would be beneficial for his draft status. But someone has advised Mr. Newman otherwise, that he would be better off to opt out…which is his choice. Time will tell if he made the right choice or not…I respect his choice and like CKS wish him well.

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  11. One of the posters known as Mark

    I wish him well. But never having seen him take a snap in red & black, I don’t consider him a Bulldog at all. And certainly not a damn good one.

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