If you haven’t had the chance to listen to yesterday’s presser with Monken and Daniels, find yourself 20 or so minutes to watch it.
There’s an awful lot of information packed in there, both about this season and (hopefully) the next. This, in particular, from Monken:
Q. How much have you guys kind of learned about each other over these past, what, four to six weeks? How much better do you know each other, know what you do well, know what you want to do?
TODD MONKEN: I think there’s a part of any relationship, I do think right away when we met there was a connection there in terms of what we were looking for and what he was looking for moving forward. I think that was a really good start. You don’t know anybody when you’re in the courtship stage. Obviously I’m different than what I might have been for a few weeks trying to recruit him than when he gets here. Good and bad. Some better, probably some worse. From JT’s end of it, I’ll just speak from my end of it, one thing about it is he’s a sponge. He loves to be coached, loves to have the answers, which is a huge start at the quarterback position. There’s a lot of things you can do with JT that you can keep it as quarterback control because he’s going to study the film, he’s going to want to know the answer. You don’t have to tell him everything. You don’t have to look to the sideline and change the play.
He can do that on his own. He embraces that challenge of being in control. That is stuff to being an NFL quarterback, the quarterback being in control. It’s been great. From the get-go it was. The amount of work that JT is willing to put in to be the player he wants to be. Very few people have a love of the process of playing the game of football like JT does.
It was hard at the beginning because we were building what we want to do offensively. Without a spring, it’s hard to put together what we want to do from different places I’ve been in the staff collectively. You’re going through things but there’s no guarantee. What we’re doing today could have been completely different than what we were introducing in May. It just is. I think we’re only going to get better and get on the same page more and more during the off-season and 2021.
Q. Todd, you alluded to 2021. When you look at the progress the offense has made as the season has gone along, where do you see it going with the number of returners that could be coming back for next season?
TODD MONKEN: Well, it’s exciting. When I first got here and I saw some of the young skill players, some of the freshmen wideouts, the backs we had, I think we have a chance to be really good on offense. I don’t know when, when it all comes together as a staff, when do I do it better for our players, when do our guys mature. George is still a young player as well. When those guys start to mature a little bit.
But we are excited about not only the guys that will be playing on Friday but the young players we have, especially at the skill positions. As we’re able to move forward, a guy like JT, who is certainly capable of distributing the ball, understanding where we want to go with the football. It’s an exciting time, especially for me. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to have a legit off-season, be able to study what we did, what the difference is that we want to change as we move forward. College football is different than NFL. There is a lot of differences that I think we’ll continue to build off of and develop who we are as we keep moving forward.
Did you catch that “I think we’re only going to get better and get on the same page more and more during the off-season and 2021.”? Well, I did. And I know Daniels said he hadn’t really spent time thinking about the NFL draft yet, but he also said this:
“I do feel like we’ve been really hot as of lately,” Daniels said. “There’s a lot of guys that have gotten a lot better. I think you’re seeing what that’s looking like now. Obviously a little later than we would have hoped. I’d love to play with this team forever. It’s an amazing team.”
No, that wasn’t meant as a guarantee of the future. But it does sound like Georgia has an offensive coordinator and starting quarterback who mesh well and know they can improve together. I would think that’s kind of hard to resist.