Tired: “If Dan Mullen hopes to beat Alabama, he cannot repeat Kirby Smart’s mistake”.
Either Florida’s coach is playing coy to throw Alabama off the scent of a coming change, or he’s in danger of falling into the common coaching trap of sticking with his undefeated and more experienced quarterback, rather than turning to the younger, more talented backup.
If the win-loss record doesn’t prove it’s broken, don’t fix it, is often the way coaches handle these quarterback situations.
Georgia’s Kirby Smart got caught in this web twice.
In 2018, Smart started the more experienced Jake Fromm while the more talented freshman, Justin Fields, played in spurts as his backup. Georgia opened the season 6-0 before fizzling to a 11-3 finish, with losses to LSU, Alabama and Texas.
Last season, Georgia started 3-0 behind quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, a former walk-on. His success was a neat narrative, but Georgia’s offensive limitations were apparent.
Meanwhile, the more talented JT Daniels, a Southern California transfer, sat in reserve after being cleared to play following his recovery from an August 2019 knee injury.
Wired: “It might not matter who plays QB for Georgia”.