When you’ve got two quarterbacks, you’ve got an opportunity to choose.

Okay, I know some of y’all have been jonesing to have a certain debate here.  You know the debate I’m talking about:  who should start at quarterback?  So, let’s have it.  Let me kick it off with this Josh Pate clip, which spends a fair amount of time on the question.

Now, as an enthusiastic rider on the “Trust Smart and Monken” train, I’m good with whomever the coaches choose, but I will say that I think Pate is likely on to something when he says that he doesn’t believe Daniels is fully recovered from his injury yet.  If Bennett is good enough to lead his team to wins against every school on the regular season schedule — and it certainly looks like he is — where’s the rush to get Daniels back in action?

Spare me with the rustiness talk.  As I’ve posted before, Daniels, after an absence of more than a year and a half from live action, stepped on the field against Mississippi State and delivered a 190+ passer rating performance against a defense that literally sold out to stop the run.  We’re supposed to believe that now he needs to clear the kinks out since he hasn’t played in a few weeks?  I’m not buying it.  He’s kept himself mentally sharp, even, as Bennett mentioned post-game, to the extent of going over the pre-snap coverages with Bennett during the Florida game.

If there’s any rustiness to be concerned about, it’s not with Daniels.  It’s with the receiving corps, which is slowly returning to full strength.  Jackson and Washington have both shown it takes a little time and action to get back up to full speed.  The returning receivers can work on getting back to game speed just as easily with one quarterback as with the other.

On top of that, how much of a workout do you want to give your quarterback against a wretched Missouri run defense?  If there’s even a hint that a little more rest and recovery benefits Daniels, why risk that?

Obviously, if the coaches have decided that Bennett’s their man, the above really isn’t that relevant.  If, however, their choice is Daniels — and I think it will be, simply because his third-down performance and his ability to unload uncannily quickly separates him from Bennett — waiting until there’s a good opportunity to insert a fully healthy Daniels into a game when he can work with most of the receiving corps makes the most sense.

Enough from me on this.  Add your thoughts and opinions in the comments.

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149 responses to “When you’ve got two quarterbacks, you’ve got an opportunity to choose.

  1. dawgphan34

    Daniels is hurt. If he was healthy he would be starting.

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    • D as in Dawg

      I have concluded that you are correct. Kirby has played it spectacularly. Getting the Turds to prepare for a QB that can’t play due to injury. Brilliant!!

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      • aim260

        The more you dig into the details of the type of lat injury Daniels has, the more one has to worry that a few more weeks aren’t going to do all that much good. Very concerning, especially as we see Stetson fall back on bad habits when the heat gets turned up.

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  2. jdawg108

    In said this earlier in the week. A lat injury is tricky. A pull off any large muscle like that is. Like hamstrings. That’s why hamstrings get reinjured so easily.

    Kirby has the latitude to let Daniels rest, so he is. Stetson has done a serviceable job but still makes mistakes that will cost us in close games.

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  3. Biggen

    I still believe he is hurt OR the coaches believe he is hurt and don’t want to risk further aggravating an injury when we should coast the rest of November. We will need him in the post season. We simply don’t right now.

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  4. I think every part of your evaluation is spot-on.

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  5. theotherdoug

    Remember Kirby saying Daniels was cleared for the Auburn game but in reality the guy was just a decoy? We’re in the same spot.

    Which brings me to last season Daniels went and worked with the scout team to get ready and he was definitely ready when he did start. I trust Monken to do get him ready.

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    • godawgs1701

      There’s a difference in the Georgia program between “cleared” and “ready” or “available” or whatever word you want to put on it to say “he can go out there and play.” JT was cleared for games last year before he was actually put into one. I think the medical staff’s clearance is the first step. Being ready in the eyes of the staff and having assurance reinjury won’t occur could be the issue.

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      • wfdawg

        It’s worth noting that last year Daniels went on record saying that he thought Kirby handled his return right. In light of that, I think it’s reasonable to give Kirby the benefit of the doubt this time.

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  6. LCUGA

    I booked a room for Indianapolis in July, so I was pretty confident in our team then and am even moreso now…but…I do not feel good about Bennett as the starter in the 3 most important games of our season (SECCG, CFP semi & final). I’m just not feeling it. I couldn’t even enjoy the WLOCP because of it. I know, I know, shame on me. He’s a DGD and all that goes with it, BUT…
    When we line up vs. Bama with a shot to get that monkey off our backs, knock them out of the playoffs and proceed towards our goal, I just feel better with JTD under center. Go Dawgs.

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    • Russ

      Damn, you couldn’t enjoy a 34-7 beat down of the Gators because of Bennett?

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        I like the UF beat down, but 21 of those 34 points are more the product of defensive wizardry and not a dynamic offense. I am a ‘whatever it takes to win’ kind of guy so I am not pooh-poohing the victory, just saying that there are signals to be read. And that offense was going against a Grantham D, not Alabama. But what do I know?

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      • originaluglydawg

        There are at least one or two posters that seemingly can’t be happy with a win with SB at QB.
        “Yeah, we won (dammit) but we won with SB in there and he made a mistake here and there:”
        These people exist.
        They post amongst us.

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        • D as in Dawg

          Here I am I think. I am happy and love the guy, but think there is a better option to go all the way. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable opiníon. We’re supposed to be debating the QB issue and, inevitably, every time there’s a debate, someone goes off and gets a different opinion. Losers!! 😂

          I have certainly highly doubted the man multiple times and he has proven me wrong a few times. I don’t think we have no chance with him, just a better chance with JT.

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  7. W

    Agree on rest if you can.
    Agree on Daniels is the man if he’s healthy. Disagree that rust is not an issue.

    But I’ll rephrase it bc I don’t think framing it as rusty is fair. Instead, do more reps help Daniels? I think it’s weird to argue ‘no.’

    Now when do you decide he’s “healthy enough” to start getting those reps? I donno, but I think that’s the issue. And where I disagree with the blog owner is that rep count / rust / whatever is a factor in that timeline. Do you bring him back for Bama as his first game (terrifying) or take a bit of a risk and play him earlier? I think they’ll weigh that.

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  8. Derek

    Are qb/wr communications/relationship/trust important?

    Maybe:

    But what do I know?

    If JT can take a shot and not go down for four weeks b/c he’s not fully healed, I get why 13 is out there. The second JT can take a shot, get up and continue, he should be out there.

    Obviously, I have zero idea of how he feels.

    The reason it should be JT, if its safe to be JT, ought be apparent to anyone and everyone.

    JT gives us a chance to win if we run into a team that can slow our run while not overcommitting to it. If bama/cincy/osu can slow our run without loading the box, we’d be in trouble with 13 out there.

    With JT we can beat them if they play pass, if they play run and if they play base. We can be whatever we want to be and it doesn’t matter what they choose to be.

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    • I see no reason to assume coach Smart is lying to us when he says that “obvious difference” isn’t showing up to him. I don’t see it either but I don’t claim to be an expert and am certainly not paid big bucks to be. Monken and Smart are so I trust they’re judgement better than anyone else’s.

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      • Derek

        You see no reason, huh?

        If the truth in Kirby’s mind was “we’d better have JT or we’re in trouble in the postseason” he’d say that out loud, right?

        You’re not a one eyed man in a world of the blind. Some of us got two of ‘em. What you claim to see or not see just ain’t very damn persuasive.

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        • I have not known him to be less than honest in evaluations before. He has certainly made those types of comments about other players at other positions. In addition you really have no earthly idea what knowledge I do or do not have. So right back at you.

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          • iusedtopostasmikecooley

            Kirby talks a lot of shit and tells a lot of half truths or not the whole story. That’s not a criticism. He’s just not going to tell all he knows. He may not be lying but he’s not telling you the whole story. Ever.

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          • Derek

            Do you think a NFL scout sees a difference or are they picking Stet or JT in the same spot? Do football scouts see them as fungible as Kirby has represented they are?

            Do other college coaches see a difference? Let’s see…. When Stet looked for a new home he landed at Jones CC. When JT looked for new pastures he landed at UGA.

            Remind me. Who let Stet walk in the first place rather than give up a scholly? Who was that coach? Do you believe him when he said “no” and “bye” and “good luck”?

            Btw: if you don’t think qb is a different position when it comes to the psyche of a football team, respectfully, you don’t know a lot.

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            • There are many college players that become really good that were not highly sought after by colleges. Many a good college QB could not make it in the NFL. A few of the better NFL QB’s were not the most highly regarded in college. In addition people can improve from when they leave high school based on how hard they work. I am not making the argument of who is the better future NFL quarterback.

              “if you don’t think qb is a different position when it comes to the psyche of a football team, respectfully, you don’t know a lot.”
              I am not going to stoop to personal insults but I never made that statement. In addition the “psyche” or chemistry you refer to can work both ways to the individual players and the others on the team.

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              • Derek

                You’re making the argument that they are interchangeable.

                You do realize that JT is undefeated as a starter at UGA right?

                Stet? Well not so much.

                Why was 13 4th on the depth chart before JT got dinged?

                Did you believe Kirby when he said Stet was 4th?

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                • “You’re making the argument that they are interchangeable.” I’m not sure what you are referring to here.

                  “You do realize that JT is undefeated as a starter at UGA right?”
                  Yes but Bennett only lost to the number one team last year at their place. A situation JT was not in. I full well believe we would have beaten FL last year had Bennett remained uninjured. So that fact doesn’t mean a whole lot.

                  “Why was 13 4th on the depth chart before JT got dinged?”
                  Obviously, I do not know that answer to that question but my guess would be it had more to do with next year than this year. He certainly wasn’t the third option brought in when JT went down was he?

                  Did you believe Kirby when he said Stet was 4th?
                  Yes. See immediately above.

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                • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

                  Derek, I’m Stetson Bennett’s defense let me say that his two losses came against a Bama team that won the National Championship (and was proclaimed by the media to be possibly the best of all time) and to FU when Bennett got injured but continued to play because Georgia didn’t have a viable alternative at QB.

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                • Derek

                  Eric,

                  Chances are that the winner of the UGA/Bama game will be National Champions. I’d like it to be us.

                  Stet only lost to Bama…twice (or thrice) ain’t a resume I want to see in the future.

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                • akascuba

                  Bennett lost last year to FU and UA. JT played a cupcake schedule last regular season 2020 is not a fair comparison. 2021 Bennett has clearly been coached up and not the same player as last season. I don’t think a person that has seen every game both have played would argue against a fully healthy Daniels having the higher upside. Fully heathy being the main thing and what really matters. Anyone outside of the coaching staff claiming to know who is best capable today to lead the team to victory is at best wrong. Kirby and Monken know better than any of us. I don’t understand the angst regarding who should start every game. There is plenty of time to get JT back to 100% why the rush?

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  9. I’m in the “Trust Kirby and Monken” camp as well. We may not need JT this Saturday, but eventually, you have to let him play to get ready for a showdown in MBS. The Alabama defense even with its apparent warts this year isn’t the Mississippi State defense, and we had nothing left to play for after the Florida game last year.

    Said differently, I wouldn’t want JT’s first start coming back to be in Atlanta the first weekend of December.

    If JT’s healthy and proves it in practice, he needs to play (and start) on Saturday even it’s for a quarter or half.

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  10. Previously Paul

    I believe that JT isn’t fully healthy or we would have seen him against Florida. However, there are those that see this is a coldly calculated strategy. The idea being JT is and has been fully healthy for a while. Monken has been installing packages that we don’t run with Stetson. When we get to the SEC Championship game, playoff game and possibly National championship game we’ll have a bunch of formations and plays ready to go that don’t exist on film anywhere, giving us an advantage. I don’t subscribe to this theory. But if it turns out to be true, it will be deliciously devious of us.

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    • jdawg108

      We would have seen him as soon as Bennett started struggling.

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    • tenesseewasnevergreat

      That’s a fun theory, but I don’t think that’s remotely likely. I imagine that they are stretched thin enough practicing the plays they’ve already installed. It’s fun fan fiction, but not realistic.

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      • Previously Paul

        I agree with you. But over the past couple of years people have become much more willing to embrace crazy, off the wall ideas. I think this is one.

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  11. Hogbody Spradlin

    Kearis Jackson may not be the fastest or biggest receiver we’ve got, but he does have nicely adhesive hands.

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  12. iusedtopostasmikecooley

    I think JT is close and could probably play. But there’s no reason to risk it. He gets set back due to re-injury and then what? If JT isn’t a necessity right now, and he isn’t, then why not let him rest and be sure when it comes time for the SECC? I’ll bet you that’s who is starting then.

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  13. mg4life0331

    When we are behind and need quick scores don’t any of y’all say some “well hind sight is 20/20” crap.

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  14. practicaldawg

    This is likely to be a weird game. It will likely be over by the end of the first quarter and definitely by the half. Do you let JT use the 2nd half to get throwing reps? Seems ridiculous in a lot of ways. No team in the country is allowing more rushing yards per game than Mizz.

    But the same will be true against Charleston Southern and Yech. And Mustard Bottle Dumpster Field at Neyland Stadium is also a weird place to rehab a QB. I’m glad it’s not my job to decide.

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  15. I’m not whining…this is a good problem to have. I love Stetson, he has worked his ass off and earned the respect of the team, coaches, and many fans like me. And beyond that, the dude just keeps on winning.

    Put me in the JT isn’t healthy camp. I think JT hasn’t played yet, due to the lat injury. We were up on FU 24-0 going into the 2nd half on Saturday. If JT was good to go, he would have started the 2nd half.

    I do think JT has more ball control and a stronger arm, and might read defensive formations better, but so far the coaches see something I don’t.

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  16. rigger92

    I get the impression that some of y’all around here are pretty well off. Can’t one of you just hire a hacker to break into the surveillance/camera’s inside that IPF? We know that everything they do in there is recorded for coaches to break down.

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    • Previously Paul

      Unlike some schools, we apparently don’t have public buildings from which practice can be observed by Red & Black staffers.

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  17. Charles Jackson

    Just because you’re cleared to play doesn’t mean you’re ready to play. I believe JT will be the starter when Monken believes he is 110%.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      This is where stuff makes me queazy. Of course, anybody arguing against me has the obvious trump card of me being just a dude on the internet and them the coaches of the top team in the country. But here we are, all of us couch coaches, and we’re discussing it.

      I’m pretty weirded out by the “recovery/ ready” timeline I see at Georgia regarding some of our weapons. We were sitting there in August vs Clemson being led by the media that our receiver weapons would be back in relatively short order. “Just think what this offense will look like when _______”. Well, “when” has quickly turned into 66% of the season.

      I know the media leading that charge aren’t the coaches or physicians, but they’re also not blind to what you see at other places when guys go down and come back. An injury at Georgia appears to bury you on the depth chart, and I can’t figure out what a ONCE-PROVEN player is supposed to do once they are medically cleared to get back on the field. They seemingly end up in this catch-22 of: (a) this other guy has gotten practice reps so (b) he’s gonna start and (c) since it was good enough and we didn’t need the guy coming off injury (d) last week’s starter is going to continue to get more reps in next week’s practice.

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  18. Granthams Replacement

    If the WR group was healthy JT is a better option. Without healthy WRs Stetson is more effective with his legs. Once there are enough healthy explosive WRs JT will be able to sling it all over the field.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      But when is this going to happen ? We were saying this in August like it was a few weeks away and now we’re 2/3rds of the way through the season. We have 1 month left before we play the game I thought we were all in agreement needed everyone functioning on all cylinders.

      We can’t moth ball these players and expect them to magically perform in Atlanta. That is insane to me by YallsMMV.

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  19. Remember the Quincy

    I find it odd that you shrug off the idea that a QB can be rusty after a sustained time off, while turning around and pointing out that Washington and Jackson are showing that it takes a few weeks to get back to full speed.

    I know the positions are different, and require different things, but it seems odd to insist that the QB won’t be rusty.

    He put up good yardage etc against MSU but some of those throws certainly looked rusty. And MSU isn’t Bama, OSU, etc.

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    • I find it odd that you shrug off the idea that a QB can be rusty after a sustained time off, while turning around and pointing out that Washington and Jackson are showing that it takes a few weeks to get back to full speed.

      I know the positions are different, and require different things…

      Asked and answered.

      He put up good yardage etc against MSU but some of those throws certainly looked rusty.

      He completed over 73% of his passes and had a 4-0 TD-INT ratio. If that’s rusty — after 18+ months of missing live action! — I’ll take it.

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      • Tony BarnFart

        One difference in last year and this year is that JT was getting full time reps with the scout team offense going against a much better defense. This time, he’s splitting time (or out injured) against not as robust a defense. He needs live action.

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        • No offense, but unless you’ve been watching practices, I don’t know how you can state any of this with any certainty.

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          • Tony BarnFart

            Well, last year it seems the head coach, who is at practice, was pretty clear about how it worked.

            On the status of JT Daniels…

            “He’s going to get reps. He’s going to get work because, we just talked about it, Stetson, we don’t know if he’s going to be there or not. The great thing about JT is, he begged to go down to the scout team to get work when he wasn’t early on. He wanted to go down and compete, throw and get better against our defense. So, it’s not like he’s been sitting on the shelf, not getting many throws. He’s been getting a lot of those.”

            https://www.sicemdawgs.com/2020/11/kirby-smart-bulldogs-preview-2020-football-game-at-missouri/

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      • Remember the Quincy

        I can follow that reasoning.

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  20. ugafidelis

    If JT is getting practice reps with the 1’s, then he is lining up against what could end up being the best defense of all time, so I wouldn’t worry about “rust.” As far as in game reps go, he’s had plenty already, and getting thrown back into the fire against Alabama in the SECCG is more akin to opening day against Clemson then it is to being in Bryant-Denny.

    I have to think we’ll be fine with either guy, but as most everyone agrees, JT seems to be the one we’ll “need” for whatever comes along after Thanksgiving weekend.

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  21. stoopnagle

    I, too, am going to trust Monken to make the call and I’m not losing any sleep over who starts at quarterback.

    I do think JT is the better option and I would prefer for him to be playing right now because I think if he’s playing, he’s getting better, and he needs to be his best in about a month and then a bit better in two. I don’t believe he can get better by not playing (provided he is healthy, of course).

    He wasn’t great against Cincinnati last January and Alabama, Ohio State and whomever are better than Cincy.

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    • akascuba

      Excellent point sn JT did not look great against Cinncy he did toss up several deep balls that could have been intercepted. He and the offense were bailed out by a very long FG. JT does need to play to get better if Kirby and Monken still believe he is the best option in championship play.

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  22. ASEF

    The Florida start bothered me. Not saying it was a mistake – JT’s health is JT’s health, and that’s a state secret – just that the longer Stetson goes, the more that “can’t change horses in the middle of the race” conventional wisdom thing starts to exert real gravity. Coaches hate to replace a winning QB. Coaches hate to bench a guy who’s leading the team and have done everything they’ve been asked. Is Kirby that kind of coach? Kirby strikes me as that kind of coach.

    We’ll see how it works out.

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  23. lincolndawg

    I trust this coaching staff completely. It is laughable to me that so many fans act as if they know more than the coaches that see these guys practice every day.

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  24. JaxDawg

    JT is about as healthy as Darnell and Tykee were before Clemson. You know, when Kirby said “those guys are day to day and getting better. We expect to be at full strength for Clemson.”

    Kirby said this was JT’s team in the spring and fall. He’s the clear #1. So if he isn’t playing, it’s for a reason other than “SB is the better QB.” He’s either still hurt or is at too great of a risk for re-injury right now.

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  25. PTC DAWG

    I’m riding with Kirby & Co…he built this machine.

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  26. mddawg

    If we make it to the promised land, I won’t care which QB got us there. Although being from Blackshear myself, it would be kind of cool if Stetson was the one to do it.

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  27. cowetadawg

    It’s an interesting debate, but without knowing exactly what’s up with JT, the only reasonable solution is to trust the coaches. They’ve earned the trust in how they’ve managed the season so far. JT is the man when healthy, no matter the Mailman’s mobility. I’m hoping that whoever is QBing this Saturday we work on the passing game the first 3 quarters and spend quarter 4 doing the patented manball python squeeze.

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  28. uga97

    Keeping Bennett injury free is really the concern. He’s very bold riggt now when running down field & afraid he could get clobbered. We need to dial that back and pull him out late 3rd&4th Q remainder of season.

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  29. TripleB

    I believe JT is not yet well. If we get the lead we should get this weekend, and he doesn’t play, then I can’t see any other reason for his failure to see the field. These next few games seem like the best opportunity to get him game ready for Bama, and hopefully beyond. If he doesn’t play before SEC championship, I don’t think he will play.

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  30. I believe all of the following:

    For CKS/Monken, JTD is Option #1
    It is possible JTD wasn’t 100% for UF, so CKS/Monken sat him
    It is possible JTD WAS 100%, but CKS/Monken didn’t think they needed him to win, and they were afraid of a chippy/desparate UF squad taking cheap shots at him, so they sat him

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  31. Russ

    Well, if Stetson takes us to the SECCG against Bama, and JT comes in the second half for a comeback victory, there would be some.poetic justice there.

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  32. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    Daniels is still injured. Maybe well enough to play if absolutely necessary but still injured.

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  33. MGW

    Let’s just focus on next year and go ahead and start Vandagriff.

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  34. Munsoning

    It’s not that I don’t trust Kirby. It’s that I think he overestimates his ability to control each game the Dawgs play. The D had an otherworldly game vs. the Turds. If Stet starts vs. Bama in the SEC title game and throws two picks, all bets are off.

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    • originaluglydawg

      The coaches have turned a problem into an opportunity to be cagey.
      Just like we’re guessing and wondering, so is everyone else and esp. future opponents.
      JT is just being allowed to heal as much as possible before Atlanta.
      I THINK (who knows?) we’ll see him getting some work in every game leading up to that. Also think he and SB will still switch off according to the situation. If pressure becomes a problem for JT..back in comes SB.
      The LARGEST question? Is this O line good enough to keep JT safe?
      (I didn’t think it was last week).
      Another discussion (if it’s OK),
      Is it possible that Kirby knows that JT is definitely or even likely to return next year? And SB? What a thing it would be if the answer to both is “yes”. I would think if JT is gone, he’d be playing to display his skills. .
      CKS does has a pretty good record of getting key players to come back for an ‘encore, but he isn’t about to show his hand.

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      • Munsoning

        Totally agree. Should have acknowledged this in my comment, though I wouldn’t have expressed it as well as you did, oud.

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  35. coachemup78

    You may not be buying it, Senator, but game reps matter. IF Daniels is healthy and the coaches want him to beat Bama (and the rest), it’s time to use game time to keep improving. We are out front; now just improve more than everyone else at every opportunity and we’re fine.

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  36. All I have to add is that this has to be the weirdest QB injury I have ever heard of. How in the hell do you strain your lat muscle anyway? I have to admit that I am a little worried that JT is a bit fragile and hesitant to play injured. That would explain a lot. Meanwhile Matt Corral was literally running around on two bum ankles last week grimacing with each step. That kid is a baller. Stetson is too. Not sure about JT.

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  37. ciddawg

    Speaking of, if Stetson goes down and JT really can’t play and Carson Beck won’t tackle on an interception… Where’s the Ginja Ninja aka BVG?
    Kirby was talking about the QB room in his last pressor and didn’t mention him (unless I missed it) …

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    • Biggen

      If Bennett goes down and JTD really can’t go then we will see manball the likes of which we have never seen manball before.

      I have no confidence in Beck and how much of the playbook would be available to BVG? Wouldn’t imagine much.

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  38. Doggoned

    How does anyone NOT love the Mailman? I mean, undersized, not recruited by any school of note, scout-team stalwart, comes from waaaayyy back on the depth chart to become the backup, earns a scholarship the hard way. Then steps in to start more than half the season, and win ’em all! What a saga.
    Nevertheless, Stet still scares me — often. And I think he scares Kirby, too. According to my personal eye test, we’ve self-aborted a significant number of drives that seemed to be clicking along by a refusal or inability to take the safe option when it’s there. On the big underneath pass to Washington against Florida, I’m pretty sure he was the second or third option, and the easiest pass to complete. But Bennett seems to have to fight against the very fiber of his being to make himself check down like that. Too often, he wants the home run, even when it’s not there. With our defense, our running game and our overall talent, we can win out with long, steady drives. Not that we don’t want explosive plays; they just don’t have to be forced.
    Daniels has proved himself in a limited sample to be a master of taking what the defense is giving. That’s why I feel safer with him taking snaps. I just hope he can take some hits, too.

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  39. Does anyone remember that JT started against Cincinnati, had an INT and 2 fumbles (1 lost), and we very nearly lost that game, save for Podleski’s reaching FG? (Spare me the “nothing to play for” bull – those kids wanted to win that game).

    And that he started against Clemson and never got our team into the end zone?

    He had a very Bennett-esque stat line against South Carolina in ‘20, but he dominated two bad teams in MSU and Mizzou (and USC ‘21)

    This is not to say he might not be the best QB on the roster, but it is to say that the line may not be as clear as a lot of keyboard warriors seem to believe it is.

    It could very well be that a 100% Bennett is a better QB than a 95% JT, from a “best position to win” point of view.

    I trust Kirby.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Do you mean to imply that SB is not the only QB that’s ever thrown a bad pass? Gracious!
      Never mind that he avoids the sack, gets first downs with his feet and even touchdowns. Never mind that his rating is among the best in CF. Just think about those picks and know that JT would never, ever make a bad decision.
      Actually JT is excellent and I’ll love getting him back in. But he’s going to screw up from time to time too. Then I guess they’ll scream for Beck or BV.
      It’s stupid.
      They’re both very good QBs but they’re both human.
      With QB’s one “ah-shit” wipes out a thousand “attaboy”s.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        “Never mind that he avoids the sack…”

        That is true, but 3 of the times he ‘avoided’ the sack were disasters: two interceptions and one intentional grounding. I agree he can sometimes take chickenshit and make chicken salad out of it, but the converse is also true.

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  40. whb209

    When JT is ready, I believe UGA’s coaches will also be ready. I hope he is better soon. Maybe start against Missouri, sounds good.
    When ready (healthy) JT will play.

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  41. Paul Holden

    Just what is it exactly that we would be doing differently if JT were in the game?? This entire team is so well balanced, disciplined, and hungry that it simply doesn’t matter which QB is in the game. Period. We don’t have to depend on ONE player whether it’s a QB, RB, WR, LB or anyone else. They both know the game, manage the game, and execute the game on very high levels. Stetson’s interceptions aren’t “mistakes,” they’re bone-headed greed. I’ve seen JT do exactly the same thing. One more thing; Not only are we doing this without JT, we’re also doing it with Ladd McConkey and Brock Bowers!!! Beat Bama and Go DAwgs …!!

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    • Derek

      Scaring the shit out of corners and safeties.

      There are good reasons very few teams play a p/a dependent offense these days. Sometimes you don’t run the ball well and then p/a don’t work so good.

      Being able to go empty and getting mismatches downfield is a valuable thing to have in your quiver. We used that approach to get a lead vs. bama in the seccg.

      You’ll never see that approach with 13 in there mainly because no one wants to see an opposing DC’s boner.

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      • Paul Holden

        Yes, with George Pickens, Jermaine Burton, Arik Gilbert, and Dominick Blaylock — all of whom are not playing. The truth is we would be doing nothing differently. Monken utilizes both QB’s with exactly the same philosophy and both are obviously capable. Stetson’s got a different vibe this year and is managing what is supposed to be a depleted receiving corps quite well (just look at his numbers). And, he can run the ball!!! I love BOTH QB’s “team first” attitudes and what they both bring to the table. The beauty right now for us is that there IS no downside. Kirby’s already proven that he’s going to go with the QB that gives us “the best chance to win.” Right now (no matter who we’re playing), that’s SB. It’s all good. Go Dawgs!!

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  42. Texas Dawg

    I’m sure JT is cleared to play and that Kirby is being 100% truthful. Cleared to play and ready to play are two different things. If Stetson had gone down when it was 3-0 against the TURDs I would bet the farm that JT would have been in the game and not Beck or Vandergriff. I would not be surprised to see him in the next 4 game or not at all. Kirby is not about to put him out there unless he is pretty certain that throwing is not going to reaggravate the injury unless it’s an emergency.

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  43. Geezus

    My preference is JTD, but I trust the coaches to make the best call. SBIV will always give 100% and sometimes that gets him in trouble (especially when his eyes and head tell him to do something that his arm can’t). It does not serve Kirby or Monken well to just start a walk-on over a 5 start (again) when you are recruiting 5 stars to fill the pipeline at QB – perception matters, and that’s why I believe them when they say JTD isn’t ready or that SBIV is the better option.

    As an aside, I was in New Orleans the week of FL and LSU and talked to a LOT of SEC fans. You’d be amazed how many LSU fans openly fawn over SBIV and told me how lucky we were to have him. Good problems to have.

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  44. 69Dawg

    Got tired of reading the comments. I’ve got a question maybe some people can answer. When JT first got here some people were criticizing his throwing motion and leg action as unconventional. He tended to throw off his front foot etc. This year in the games he played in it appears Monken had him have a more pro like throwing motion. I wonder if in correcting his delivery it actually aggravated his back muscles. A life time of throwing one way then switching to another way could have caused the problem.
    My other thought is that they are not going to let JT get killed by the Olines pass blocking in the games left if he’s not needed. SB4’s ability to run has been great for opening up the run. According to some of the experts SB4 ability to roll out has made it harder on the defensive lines to rush him. JT is limited to just dodging rushers and the defense knows he is not going to run. They just need to give SB4 a chill pill so he doesn’t try to do the impossible, that’s when he gets in trouble.

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    • Geezus

      I don’t know that tweaking the mechanics would contribute to the lat injury, any tweaks would’ve likely been negligible. I do remember a couple of pictures over the summer where it looked like JT was getting after it with the weights, now THAT could have an impact on a lat. Or, it could have just been one of those freak things in-game.

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    • Don in Mar-a-Lago

      Is it irresponsible to speculate? It’s irresponsible not to.

      See Munsoning, above, @ 2:00 PM:

      “Apparently a member of the front seven got blocked helmet-first into JT’s lower back.”

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  45. junior1119

    I tend to look at numbers as indicators of truth. However, the biggest issue we all face doing that is there are very small quality samples of each guy. Bennett has never really been asked to throw all that much. And even when JT has, it has pretty much been against inferior talent. Both have put up pretty stellar numbers in certain regards. Bennett, as noted, would be tops in the league in QBR if he were attempting enough passes to qualify. I’m pretty sure his yards per pass attempt are up there amongst some of the best we’ve seen. JT is otherworldly on third down completion and decision making and getting rid of the ball quickly as well as downfield accuracy. Bennett is more of a wildcard factor to me. He can summon some uncanny escapability when it’s needed and I think he can “catch fire” at times. UAB is an example, On the flip side, he can also make really bad decisions trying to force things. I really think they are so different, and the sample size is so small, it’s hard to quantify which is truly a better option right now. I’m not arguing about who has more potential at the next level because that has nothing to do with the present. As has been noted, there are several cases where a guy who wasn’t the best pro was actually incredible in college. Johnny Football anyone? Also, take into account, last year for SBIV was definitely one where he was less consistent. If last year didn’t exist, would anyone really be so solid on JT versus SB? This years version of The Mailman and the team are much more solid to me. Having said all that, I really don’t think there’s a wrong answer at QB. I know everyone wants definitive answers, but in this case, I honestly think both are the right answer. My take is that either one can beat the remaining teams as well as win it all. Oh and also I believe this team is going to kick down the F$*&@#G door against whoever they meet in SECCG. The Braves did it. Now it’s time for the Dawgs to do the same!!!!! Trust Kirby and Monken guys!!! They know what they are doing. GOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!

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  46. silvercreekdawg

    Apologies if this has been covered, but I did read speculation that JT fell into bad mechanics compensating for the lat injury and he hasn’t quite shaken said bad mechanics yet. And when he does, he’ll be starting.

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  47. gurkhadawg

    I think I can tell y’all what’s going on. Kirby is playing 3D chess. JT is perfectly healthy. Kirby remembers what Cardale Jones did to his great defense at Bama in the 2014 playoffs. Kirby said something to the effect that not having much tape on Jones made it very difficult to put together a good defensive game plan. Kirby, being a genius, knows Stet will have no problem beating everyone on UGA’s schedule. So why should he give Bama tape on JT before the SECCG? Kirby is going to say JT is not at 100% right up until kickoff in Atlanta. Meanwhile JT has been honing his game against the greatest defense in the history of college football in practice every week. Right before kickoff Kirby announces a tanned, rested and ready Daniels is starting. Saban goes ape shit on the sidelines and JT carves up a completely unprepared Bama defense.

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  48. originaluglydawg

    It occurs to me..If JT isn’t healthy enough to play, wouldn’t Kirby be playing Beck and BV with the first team some…and also in mop-up? Especially in mop-up.
    If JT is bad off enough that he can’t really get out there if needed and is only on the sideline as a decoy, then CKS has really put all of his eggs in one basket. And I don’t think he’d do that.
    So we’re going to see JT soon.

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  49. Illini84

    Athens-Clarke County police are investigating an allegation of rape against Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson, according to a police incident report obtained Thursday by the Athens Banner-Herald.

    No arrest has been made, according to ACC police Lt. Shaun Barnett, who said he did not know if charges will be filed.

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    • Biggen

      He is done. It will take a while to investigate, decide if charges are appropriate, etc… He will never play another down for us again regardless of if he did it or not. If he did, then throw him in prison.

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      • Illini84

        Update: “Steve Sadow, Anderson’s attorney, released a statement on behalf of Anderson.

        “Adam denies in the strongest terms possible the unfounded and unsupported allegations of sexual misconduct,” he said. “He has been notified of the allegations made to the police and to the UGA Equal Opportunity Office (EOO), and has come to learn that the complainant has already apparently made inconsistent claims – that she was “unconscious” during the conduct to the EOO but “awoke” from sleep by the conduct to the police.”

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      • RangerRuss

        That’s right. He’ll be treated as if he’s guilty until he proves himself innocent. There’s something patently un-American about that. That policy lends itself to abuse from a rival or especially from those with a vested interest in a team losing a star player.

        Speaking of, whatever happened to Bryan Allen, the rat fuck bitch who turned Gurley in for something that was a common and overlooked infraction?

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    • RangerRuss

      “It’s always something.”
      -Roseanne Rosannadanna

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  50. Nah. I disagree with most everyone else posting on this topic. Stetson, you’ve led my team to an undefeated season and an overwhelming #1 national ranking. You’re my QB.

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  51. RangerRuss

    It’s difficult to gauge how good SBIV is or if Daniels is needed as
    THE DAWGS AIN’T PLAYED NOBODY Y’AAAAAAAAAALL!

    Just a bunch of damn losers.

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  52. Start JT Daniels.

    We just lost our leader in sacks. We need a shot in the arm on offense and the team needs the extra confidence.

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