Perfect timing

Live, I was so impressed with Georgia’s first touchdown against Missouri that I didn’t take note of everything Stetson dealt with on that play.  Let Dayne Young explain:

Bennett throws a perfect pass to Arian Smith.

Bennett throws a perfect pass to Arian Smith.

Dayne: Georgia fans must be thrilled to see a bevy of passing weapons return to the offense. Arian Smith and his track speed are atop that list. Stetson Bennett waits as long as he can with Broderick Jones and James Cook missing their blocks. The pass is lofted to a perfect spot and Smith gathers it with ease. This is two weeks in a row that Bennett has led a receiver to the back-left corner of the endzone for a deep shot score.

If he waits a split second longer to throw that… well, he ain’t throwing that.

Call this Exhibit “A” in your rebuttal to anyone who says there’s no way Georgia can win a title with Stetson Bennett.

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  1. Derek

    To be clear, I’m not in the “no way” camp.

    I’m in the “there’s an easier way” camp.

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    • tenesseewasnevergreat

      The whole debate is driven by strawmen. You summed it up well.

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    • sundiatagaines

      I can accept this.

      I can no longer abide the “no way” camp or the “it’s so obvious there’s an easier way and it’s not even debatable” camp.

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  2. gastr1

    It was a great pass and a great play. The problem is, and we all know this because we’ve seen it, Bennett will make the great pass and great play and then turn around and throw the ball into traffic –or to the wrong side of the WR– for an inexplicable INT. He does this less now, granted. But he still does it.

    When he cuts that out of his game, and becomes more consistent with his pre-snap reads, I will agree that Daniels isn’t needed. Haven’t seen it yet… not all the way, anyway.

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    • Russ

      Who threw the INT last weekend?

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      • Cheer wino69

        Yeah, other QBs never throw completions into traffic or throw interceptions. Only UGA QBs suck. Pretty soon we’ll all be screaming to put in young Muschamp.

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      • jcdawg83

        Who threw the int this weekend?

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        • jcdawg83

          For clarification; this weekend was Missouri, last weekend was Florida.

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        • Sometimes it’s just buzzard’s luck. Every bad pass Daniels has thrown this year seems to get picked. Meanwhile Bennett threw at least 3 int worthy passes that were all caught.

          It is better to be lucky than good, but there’s also a element of sustainability and regression to the mean. You can’t dodge bullets forever.

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          • D as in Dawg

            He had three passes that would have been picked against Bama. That’s the truth. Problem with this whole argument is, we won’t know who was right until it’s too late.

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            • dawg100

              It was also noted in another post by the good Senator that “And not just in catching passes — although it’s worth noting that they bailed out Stetson on several passes that could have been picks (and might have been against a better secondary)”

              That is the whole Stetson problem. Not what he is doing right or wrong today, but what he can’t do or is incapable of doing, against elite defenses.

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              • Hypotheticals are undefeated.

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                • D as in Dawg

                  Not if put into practice.

                  Look, if SBIV stays the QB and we whip every one we play all the way to the trophy presentation, I’ll cheer as loud if not louder than you. We just have an opinion and hypotheticals are often all we have to offer. That’s what we’re doing. Your mileage obviously varies. I hope you’re correct, because if you’re not, there may not be time to correct.

                  Go Dawgs!

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      • gastr1

        Not really the point, but ok, whatever, YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON ABOUT THAT! WOAH!

        (Do I have it right now?)

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    • ugafidelis

      Tom Brady threw a pick 6 to seal a loss to the Saints last Sunday.

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      • Tom Brady sucks!!! He’s the most overrated qb in the history of the NFL! He’s been lucky for 21 years!
        Can you tell I’m not a Brady fan? Full disclosure, there’s never been anyone better. Blech!!!

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  3. I hate this either/or vacillating crap…we have a great QB room right now…it’s a friggin luxury not a liability…Bulldawg faithful, it’s ok to have nice shit

    Stetson has worked his ass off and improved from last season…he’s done everything in his power to get right where he is right now…it’s highly commendable…and JT is every bit as good as expected…let the cream rise to the top…seems like Kirby will.

    It’s a great season to be a Georgia Bulldog…enjoy it

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    • Cheer wino69

      Yeah, well, if we don’t figure it out here on the comment board, then how’s Kirby gonna know what to do?!

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    • tenesseewasnevergreat

      I don’t know how good our QBs are at the moment, but the receiving corps is phenomenal. Jacksaint had to steal passes away from defenders like HE was the DB. If we had our typical slate of ok receivers, I think most of the deep passes on Sat would have been uncatchable.

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      • Down Island Way

        Correct if need be, that may have been the same play (or close) #13 threw to #10 for a TD vs FU, looked like same distance, beaten db, worse protection though…

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  4. boz864

    We were lined up trips outside with only 2 defenders.. that play needs to score!

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    That isn’t any kind of rebuttal. That’s Mizzou, that ain’t close to a playoff worthy defense. Come on, now.

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  6. practicaldawg

    Bottom line: I don’t see any QBs in the league I’d trade Stetson for

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    • gastr1

      Not Young or Corral? You’re nuts, then.

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    • Derek

      JT is in the league, right? That’s a trade I’d make.

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      • practicaldawg

        A JT that never got hurt and didn’t miss out on a ton of reps during the most critical stretch of the season,… yes.

        I love JT — not so much for his arm talent but his attitude. He did everything right in Athens and he’s a DGD, imo. It sucks that he got hurt and it sucks even more than it took him out of the flow of things for so long. No one wanted that. But at this point, I fully trust the coaches to decide when and how he plays a role from here out.

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        • jcdawg83

          JT is good but his numbers aren’t anything to get worked up over. In the past two seasons at Georgia he has 16 tds and 5 ints. For his career, he has 31 tds and 16 ints. He has -86 yards rushing at Georgia and -241 yds rushing in his career with 0 rushing tds and a long rush of 8 yds. He is about as mobile as an oak tree and has shown a propensity to be injured. If you go back and watch the Peach Bowl, you will see he has also thrown his share of balls into coverage that could easily have been picked off.

          JT has a good arm, a quick release and his third down stats are good. After these things, there really isn’t much to point to that says he is markedly better than Stetson. The coaches see both of them in practice every day and if JT is healthy and is better than Stetson, JT would be playing more. As things stand today, Stetson must be the best qb on the roster.

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  7. I told my buddy that was a “coach, please don’t yank me for the other guy” throw

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  8. mg4life0331

    Exhibit A your honor. Oh right, well could you just pretend Missouri has the pass defense of playoff team? Kthxbai

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    • jcdawg83

      Stetson was a split second away from being sacked, the receiver was covered, what more would the “pass defense of a playoff team” bring on that play? Stetson dropped that ball in the perfect spot. What more could JT have done on that play that Stetson didn’t do?

      No one is saying Stetson is a Heisman contender but some of you have such hate for him that you can’t even acknowledge when he makes a great play. No one is on here bashing JT for throwing behind the receiver on the interception. If Stetson had thrown the same ball some around here would be pointing out that throw as evidence that this team can’t win a championship with Stetson because he threw a ball behind the receiver and it was against Missouri, “not a playoff caliber defense”.

      Stetson has thrown for 1400 yds, 14 tds and 4 ints so far this season. He’s also run the ball for an average of 7 yards per carry. He’s done this in a season where most of the starting wide receivers on the team have been hurt, Georgia has had a multi score lead for the vast majority of the games he’s played in so Monken was playing it safe and running the ball more and he’s had a significant portion of the fan base bitching about his play and saying he can’t get the job done.

      Honestly, some people should be ashamed of themselves. I think some of you would bitch if you were hung with a new rope.

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      • mwodieseldawg

        That was my dad’s favorite adage.

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      • Cheer wino69

        We’re all new at this “becoming Bama” thing.

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      • tenesseewasnevergreat

        I don’t think anyone “hates” Stetson. What I’m seeing is that people think JT is better and are worried that we will have to play the most important games of the season with the second best QB at the helm because of inertia. Put me in the “I’m trying to trust Kirby, but JT looks better to me” camp.

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        • jcdawg83

          I want to understand what makes JT appreciably “better” than Stetson. The stats sure don’t support that contention. JT has a better arm and a quicker release, Stetson has better running and escapability, so that is a wash to me. As far as tds to ints, it is pretty much a wash; JT is 16/5 at Georgia and Stetson is 14/4 this season (Stetson actually has more game time this season than JT has had his entire career at Georgia). Stetson is the third ranked qb in college football this season, he is not struggling at the position in any way. Against Clemson, a playoff caliber defense, JT had a 57 passer rating, threw for 135 yards and had 0 tds and 1 int. Against Florida, a good defense and arguably Stetson’s worst outing, Stetson threw for 161 yards, a 70.8 passer rating and had 1 td and 2 ints.

          Put me in the “I trust Kriby and Monken and Stetson is playing well and doing everything we need him to do and I don’t see the big upside of switching to JT” camp. If Stetson struggles in a game, bring in JT and see how he does.

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          • classiccitycanine

            Most of the stats are pretty meaningless as a means of comparison at this point. Jake Fromm put up fantastic numbers but we all know he couldn’t carry the team when asked to (i.e. When he had to throw more than 30 times in a game). Stet’s the same kind of game manager.

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            • jcdawg83

              Uh, Fromm walked off the field leading in overtime in the national championship game only to see the defense lose the game. I don’t know what else you wanted him to do.

              Comparing Fromm and Stetson isn’t really fair. Fromm played on a team that was built around incredible running backs with OCs who were totally run first. Stetson is playing for an OC that loves scheming receivers open and runs to compliment the passing game and create play action opportunities. When Coley was OC other teams knew if they could stop the run game we would struggle to move the ball. With Monken, if the other team shuts down the run we can still move the ball.

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              • mg4life0331

                Fromm and company lost a 2 score lead in the second half cause he only scored 7 points.

                The first reason why I doubt good decision making.

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                • jcdawg83

                  I blame Chaney for that. Sony was injured and Chaney decided to keep running the ball between the tackles with Chubb trying to eat clock even though it hadn’t worked all night.

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              • classiccitycanine

                Fromm completely failed to move the offense in the second half and hung the defense out to dry in both 2017 and 2018. There’s a reason he lost all but one of the games where he threw 30+ passes.

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            • originaluglydawg

              That’s just…..dumb.

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          • mg4life0331

            Put me in the I don’t trust Kirby cause he’s showed me twice camp.

            You want it to be three times fine?

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      • mg4life0331

        Well let’s start off with he wasn’t covered. He got burned.

        Let’s finish with you must do politics on your other time since it’s your way or the highway. I’m sick and tired of you people.

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  9. The less he plays, the better JT has gotten. The more he wins, Stetson gets worse. – UGA fan logic

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    • Derek

      Are you making the argument that Stetson is now the superior player?

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      • jcdawg83

        No, he’s making the argument that UGA fans can be total idiots.

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      • originaluglydawg

        Kirby might be making it without saying it.
        Everyone’s worked up over what is really a developing and eventually settling situation.
        It doesn’t make any difference if we’re in the “Camp that trusts Kirby” or somewhere else.
        Actually, Kirby is just taking his careful time working JT back in.
        The perfect situation is to have Saban guessing who’s playin or if both are the week after he finishes his skirmish with Auburn. The man leaves no stone unturned, so he will prepare for both.
        But if JT gets reinjured before then, he’ll know all he needs.
        Georgia’s sitting pretty. Work him in slowly. Make it look 50-50 between SB by the GT game.

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  10. miltondawg

    I now firmly believe that Stetson is the starter the rest of the way and that JT is the backup. There is no controversy. JT has been relegated to the backup role. The only question will be how much of a leash Stetson has when he has two or three bad series in a game and Georgia is down a score or two.

    Actually, that isn’t the only question. The other question is whether JT is still in Athens in 2022 or on some other campus because he doesn’t have enough tape to go high in the draft and he would be a fool to declare.

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    • Derek

      Now that would be a qb roster management fuck up worthy of criticism.

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    • dawgtired7

      It appears that Kirby is leaning that way right now. Letting JT play against Mizzu, gives hope that Kirby is making sure that JT is ready to go, just in case.
      I like SB’s mobility but the forced throws that he makes are cringe worthy and may be costly sooner or later.

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    • Skeptic Dawg

      Milton, I am of the very same opinion. If Daniels was 100% healthy last weekend, why would he not get the start? Given that Bennett was given the start, as well as the entire 1st half, I too believe that Kirby announced to the world that Bennett is his guy from the point forward. This has the same feel as Eason/Fromm in 2017. Just one guy’s thought, but I think Bennett is the incorrect choice.

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  11. Ran A

    We all just need to work to stay in a camp here and trust the coaches. I really believe that JT is the better QB, makes better decisions and sees the field better and Stetson takes more chances with the ball and is less accurate. He put some balls in peril on Saturday that his receivers bailed him out on.

    But that does NOT meant that I don’t love SB3. I’m going to support the Georgia starting QB – period.

    I know a lot of people are concerned because of what happened with Fromm and Fields. 1). I think Kirby learned a ton from that. 2). This is a very different situation, with JTD being much deeper into his college career. 3). This is Monkey, not Chaney – and that is huge…

    So if the coaching staff believes Bennett should be QB1 – then so be it… We all need to be 100% behind the UGA QB and trust the coaches and process…

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    • mwodieseldawg

      Do you think Kirby or Monken has the final say on who is the starting quarterback? I have no clue but would like to think Monken has a lot of say in the decision.

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      • Ran A

        I honestly think it’s Monken

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      • miltondawg

        I have no clue either, but I think that SBIV’s legs give Monken offensive wrinkles that JT simply can’t provide.

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        • RangerRuss

          There’s video of Daniels running a 60+ yard TD in high school. It’s not that he can’t run; it’s just not his style. Probably a good thing being as he seems prone to injury.

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          • 69Dawg

            He does have that china doll injury thing going. If I was Kirby I know that Stetson can run for his life when our less than specular Offensive line does the old “LOOK OUT!!!” blocking. Had it explained to me that with JT the Dline can tee off because they know he will be trying to throw from in the pocket even if there is no pocket. With Stetson the Dline has no idea where he will end up and it naturally slows their rush.

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    • originaluglydawg

      ” Stetson takes more chances with the ball and is less accurate. He put some balls in peril on Saturday that his receivers bailed him out on”
      Oh, Brother.
      Did you forget some things that also happened? Or just leave them out hoping no one would notice?
      “With SB at QB, Mizzo came in second and Georgia came in next to last”.
      That’s about how your post weighs out. JT threw an INT Saturday. You kinda fail to mention that. He’s still rusty and will need the next three games before he can run this team like it will need to run to win it all. Until then, quit the lousy running down of SB and get on board with all the good things going on.

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  12. Texas Dawg

    How can they keep playing Bennett? If JT had been in there, that throw would have been 1/2 inch further to the boundry making it an easier catch.
    BULLDAWG BILL SARCASM ALERT ACTIVATED

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  13. Christopher Moore

    How about the arc on that throw? If he throws it flatter the defender may have a chance to make a play on the ball.

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  14. Stetson has better wheels and JT probably has a little better deep accuracy and strength. They’ve both forced some passes, though.

    I have to think the forced passes are as much about play calling as anything. Monken likes taking shots from around midfield and both our QBs have thrown INTs on deep balls going back to Clemson and last year. Most of them have ended up giving us better field position when the defense stops them. I’m not saying we’re intentionally “deep punting” with these passes but some of them are obvious jump balls going to one guy and one guy alone.

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  15. As RGIII said approximately 5 billion times during last week’s Oregon/Washington game last Saturday:

    That was a DIME.

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  16. Texas Dawg

    With this fan base, Kirby’s in a no win situation. Play Bennett and lose and you have the JT was the better QB choice crowd. Play JT and lose and you have the “why the hell did you replace a hot QB crowd”. Win it all with either of them and you will still have certain portion of the fan base that will swear we would have won bigger and better with the other.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Yep. I believe this.
      And right now, the “SB can’t win” crowd is at bat.
      They seem blind in one eye, though.

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  17. D as in Dawg

    Honestly, if we win it all with Stetson, who is the last team to win it all with a lesser than ideal QB? I think we should all realize that this debate is happening because it’s as unconventional as expecting a team that runs a 2-0-9 defense to be a dominant run stopper. We all just can’t wrap our head around our preppy cousin lacrosse player and spelling bee champion being the QB of the best team in the country.

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  18. Tony BarnFart

    I’ve been a “gotta get JT ready or else” guy for weeks, and i think we need him to get way more reps than typical mop up duty would call for…. but as the #1 team with everything we’ve always ever wanted right there for the taking, WINNING every week is absolutely the #1 thing. I’d hate to screw around, prolong a game and have some DT or LB blow a knee in a game that the clock should have been at zero.

    And I’m starting to think that (a) we can do it with either of them, (b) if we’re up against the ropes, either one of them can probably come off the bench and give us a spark.

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    • Texas Dawg

      We still need to get JT significant playing time to get him back in rhythm. If Bennett goes down, you do not want to lose the SECCG of the NC because we did not have JT ready to go. Charleston Southern and GT should offer ample opportunity to get a LOT of non garbage time snaps with the first team (although with GT isn’t the whole game pretty much garbage time?)

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  19. hawkmendive

    This QB controversy needs a reality show and several book deals to make it complete. How long Lord, how long?

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