Interchangeable parts

Stetson Bennett is a great story.  Georgia being undefeated after going through its conference slate of games is a great story.  As a Georgia fan, I couldn’t be happier.  Some portion of the fan base seems hell bent and determined to make an issue out of who should be starting at quarterback, though.  I don’t care, as I explained in yesterday’s post about Todd Monken.

But here’s something those of you who choose sides should consider, regardless of whose side you take.  The Dawgs are 10-0 right now, and very likely to run the table in their remaining two regular season games.  If, for the sake of argument, JT hadn’t gotten hurt this season, how many of you think (1) he’d have been benched in favor of Stetson, anyway and (2) Georgia wouldn’t have the same won/loss record?

My advice is to enjoy the ride and quit worrying about who is driving the bus.  The guy giving directions is more important.

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  1. Biggen

    Agree. I’m over the Stet vs JTD debate. We are who we are at this point in the season.

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  2. Salty Dawg

    At 10-0, no one should be complaining. Kirbs gets paid the big bucks to worry about it, not me. Besides, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. We’re not CKS! GO DAWGS!!!

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  3. cowetadawg

    Good point. The D has done such a magnificent job it just hasn’t mattered so far. Looking forward to seeing how it works with Bama. If JT is doing as well in practice as Stetson at that point we could see them both. I trust in Monken to make the right call.

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  4. spur21

    I’ve never understood the bench Stetson group.

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    • It could still happen, but you know what? If it’s Monken’s call, I won’t care.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      Just for clarity, I (and I think others) don’t want to bench Stetson. What I want is for JT to get some game time action. We all know Stet likes to run. Wtf are we going to do if, God forbid, he gets seriously hurt on one of these scrambles? I think it is prudent to have JT tuned up with some live experience. This shouldn’t be seen as ‘benching’ Stetson. I hope JT will get a full half or at least a full quarter of live (okay, semi-live) action the next two weeks. It just makes sense to me.

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  5. Like I said yesterday, I’m less concerned about QB than I am OL. If this team doesn’t win a NC, it will be bc the OL shits the bed.

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    • Remember the Quincy

      Yep. That is our biggest weakness. It’s been suspect in many games.

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      • By far. I guess secondary is the next biggest weakness, but I fell much better about them than I do the OL.

        It’s been very underwhelming.

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      • armydawg

        That’s why Stetson is still starting. If the o-line doesn’t block the rush or blitz Stetson can get away from it. JT can’t. Still want to see those missiles he sends downrange.

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        • ^^^THIS! We’ve needed Stetson’s wheels to make up for OL…inconsistency rather than deficiency. The same group that misses basic run and blitz assignments in the 1st Q is the group that puts the Kirby soul crushing drive together in the 4th Q. In between, Stetson has picked-up rushing first downs or avoided a few sacks. Barring injury, Stetson is starting the SECCG until Kirby and Monken see how Bama is choosing to deal with him and how our OL is handling their DL. Stetson is very beatable if a 4 man rush with hands up and a spy keep him in the pocket. But JTD excels in that scenario and I would assume he’d trot onto the field.

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          • I keep hearing this, but SBIII is much more likely to hold on to the ball and miss the open guy underneath than JTD. JTD gets the ball out much faster.

            Yes the runs are exciting and I love his grit. But many people just assume it is necessary – where JT might just be able to throw out of it where Stetson can’t or won’t.

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    • Spell Dawg

      Just chewing the fat, but maybe our OL struggles are the (partial) reason JT hasn’t gotten back in (except against Mizzou, who lacks a great pass rush). If one more big hit could cost us JT for the season, why risk him until we really need him?

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    “You don’t mess with a streak!”
    Crash Davis

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  7. How many times did Bennett’s legs bail us out Saturday? To me, JTD is clearly the better passer and, from all accounts, better at pre/post-snap reads, but our OL struggles at times and seems Monken/Kirby are taking that into account with the decision at QB. Can guarantee no one wants to win a NC at Georgia more than Kirby Smart, so I’m going to believe he’s making the decisions that are best to get us there. I’m more concerned, at this point, with Ringo learning from Saturday in time for legit deep ball threats at Bama and OSU down the road, they won’t miss on those.

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    • How many times did Bennett’s legs bail us out Saturday?

      About the same number of times he missed a read on an open receiver, or didn’t throw the ball well enough to hit a big play. 😉

      Don’t overthink this. Kirby’s big on continuity and Stetson’s been more than good enough to keep things on track. That’s all this QB thing is… so far, anyway.

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    • gastr1

      There are times when he screws things up with his legs, too, though, because he doesn’t maintain throwing position often enough when he runs. How often have we seen him make something out of a broken pocket with a pass rather than a run? Almost never, and those are the plays that result in sacks. But he has gotten better at throwing the ball away rather than forcing it into traffic, that’s the thing he’s most improved on.

      As you can probably see, I’m torn on the situation…I think Daniels is better, but Bennett has been good enough and he is a DGD and makes great, impactful plays every game and I truly admire his moxie and skillset.

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  8. rigger92

    To your question, I think we would still be 10-0 if JT had played the schedule and I doubt he would have been benched in the process.

    My mind does wrap itself up a bit pondering the injuries. I believe the RB and TE rooms are the only units that are working as planned throughout spring and summer workouts and beginning the fall camp. It is still intriguing to think of “what could have been” with JT and our preseason WR corps. I think a lot of the angst over who should be the QB stems from this situation in that the majority of JT’s targets aren’t playing, it’s not even the same team. The fact that Monken has produced this comprehensive offense starting in late fall camp is remarkable and I think a lot of people can’t wrap their head around it.

    Looking forward, I do hope that JT is getting a lot of reps in practice. My gut tells me we will need both QB’s to win the SEC and beyond.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Your point about accomplishing what we have despite injuries is well taken. Even so, the TE and RB units have not been able to operate as planned this summer. Washington was not able to play at his best until Kentucky, Gilbert never suited up, Milton had missed games with his injury and McIntosh missed one, if I recall correctly. Imagine our dominance if every player who reported on July 31st or whenever it was was able to go e every practice and game.

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  9. mddawg

    “My advice is to enjoy the ride and quit worrying about who is driving the bus. The guy giving directions is more important.”

    Jimmys and Joes or X’s and O’s?!

    Seriously though, I am enjoying the ride and I hope the bus keeps rolling along to the promised land.

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  10. back9k9

    To me the question isn’t Stet or JTD, it’s where the hell would we be if we didn’t have Stet?
    My answer all year to the Stet vs JTD debate is that we are so lucky to have The Mailman!
    How many other teams have a QB that can step in and – with the attitude he has and with no #1 reps (at the beginning) – do what he’s done?

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  11. I’ve been on the Daniels wagon but at this point, I think Smart has a reason for not starting him- injury, rust, etc.

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  12. Just saw this on The athletic “One last point on this: It’s very possible Daniels just isn’t at his best in practice right now, the lingering effects of his oblique and lat injuries. His quarterback guru Jordan Palmer flew into Athens last week to work with him on his mechanics, according to what Daniels’ father told CBS analyst Gary Danielson”

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    • 69Dawg

      I wonder if JT has tried to change his mechanics. Some of our most notable critics said he had bad mechanics ie throwing off his front foot hopping after a throw etc. If he tried to change the mechanics, that could have resulted in the injuries being aggravated or even caused by it. Right now I don’t know if he has another year with us or takes the transfer portal to greener pastures.
      Carson Beck is long gone in my estimation. Will Van want to wait another year? Stay tuned.

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  13. David K

    I agree with what you’re saying but the competition level will get a lot better for the last 3 games and there are some of us worried deep down that Stetson could struggle and we’ll get beat. He’s a great scrambler, he throws good balls like the Cook TD, but missed Bowers badly for a sure TD. He doesn’t make quick reads and hangs on to the ball too long and takes too many sacks. I’m enjoying the ride but I sure hope Kirby knows what he’s doing. He could’ve had JT back up to speed for the SEC Championship and playoff run. But at this point I’ve got to believe Kirby knows who the best man for the job is and he’s playing him.

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    • Texas Dawg

      I suspect JTD will get more than a few snaps against Charleston Southern.

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    • jcdawg83

      Stetson has been sacked 5 times all season. JT would have at least twice that many had he been playing in all 10 games. JT has 2 sacks in approximately 2 full games of playing time. Go back and rewatch the Peach Bowl if you want to see some badly thrown balls.

      I’m not bashing JT but he is not the second coming of Tom Brady some people seem to think he is.

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      • Russ

        Exactly. Not to rag on JT, but he certainly had plenty of critics when he played last season. Complaints about his mechanics and underthrown balls were common. But now, because he hasn’t played, suddenly he’s going to be lights out.

        Trust the coaches (especially Monken). We can win with either one, and they’ll put the best one in for the situation.

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      • originaluglydawg

        This. Florida’s pass rush (and mabye Tennessee’s) would have sacked JT a whole lot. Too many times Stetson was a half step away sack and avoided it. It could have cost us a game, but Monken was on the mother.
        BUT, If I HAD to bet, I’d bet that JT will play most of the Bama game.
        I imagine a scheme of quick outs (like TN did to us) and dumps that will negate the pass rush. That side line stuff wears down a defense as it requires a lot of running to snuff it. (of course, we won’t be allowed to hold like TN). Run it quickly and then line up and run one of our great RBs up the gut while the D if huffing and puffing. It also sets up the side fake pump then a long ball.
        It’s not that JT is a problem, it’s that the line lets the bad guys into the backfield too often.
        Get the pass blocking fixed and JT will do the rest. I love SB and have rightfully been in his corner, but JT is likely the better bet from here on out.
        If JT can roll out just enough to be outside the tacklebox so if needed he can avoid a sack by throwing out of bounds, and throw those quick outs and slants, he can negate most of the problem with his mobility.
        Monken hasn’t had to show nearly as much of his offense as Saban.

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      • I’m not bashing JT…

        Kinda sounds like you are… 😉

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    • Bulldawg Bill

      “He’s a great scrambler, he throws good balls like the Cook TD, but missed Bowers badly for a sure TD. He doesn’t make quick reads and hangs on to the ball too long and takes too many sacks.”
      So other than that, he should win the Heisman, right????

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  14. mp

    I saw a thread last night worried about the effect of either Stetson or JT coming back on the 2022 qb room…you have to be kidding me! Enjoy the ride!

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    • originaluglydawg

      They could very well both come back!
      I’ll take it! The fact that JT isn’t playing much tells me he is coming back. If he told Kirby he’s leaving, Kirby would let him show off in mop up duty, wouldn’t he?
      Put me down as believing that one, and maybe both, are coming back.

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    • I’ve finally settled my brain on why so many Georgia fans are always obsessed with “we gotta see what we have on the bench” and “what will this do to the future guys?”

      It’s because many Georgia fans have a loser mentality. They can’t allow themselves the headspace for “we’re going to win this year.” They gottta know what’s coming down the line because any bump in the road is a sign of abject failure on the current season. An incomplete pass thrown by their quarterback is a portent of disaster. Not seeing an open receiver? That’s gonna get us beat next week!

      I didn’t understand at the beginning of the season why everyone wanted Carson Beck getting reps over the guy who went 7-2 as a starter last year… but it’s because they can’t conceive of a player improving and creating a new outcome. It’s a dark place to live one’s life, always assuming that “we only have next year” because THIS one can’t actually work out.

      Even now, at 10-0, there are still the camps allowing their loser brains to tell them that we need to shake the rust off JT because Stet just doesn’t have it. In this comment thread, there are complaints about a pass that woulda been a touchdown… on a drive that ended IN A TOUCHDOWN.

      One of my greatest hopes for this season is that in the process of winning a title, Kirby teaches this fan base how to have a winner’s mentality. When Tennessee drove the ball down on the first drive and scored, two Vol yahoo’s at our bar went nuts… talking shit about our defense. The Dawgfans around me screamed in anger and frustration. I sipped my whiskey and laughed to myself.

      See… they were all hypothesizing that TN was gonna do that on every drive… that UGA either hadn’t shown up, or was finally exposed. But Winners don’t dwell. They prepare, execute, and adjust. And just like that, TN’s offense was strangled into impotency over the next 2.8 quarters.

      If we win it all this year, especially with Stet under center, I don’t know why he’d come back. He’s gotta be done with school… and he’s lived the dream that he’s had since he was a kid. What’s to come back for? To have his every choice questioned and his every fault illuminated by a fan base who refuses to simply be elated with all the good he’s done? To answer questions about the health of other guys who play his position? To be constantly derided by a media who feels cheated that they didn’t get to write their 5* Transfer Savior Story? Screw that. Write a book. Outsell all these hacks. Let that 300-page glossy hardback with the photo of you holding the trophy on the cover sit on the living-room shelves of the folks who doubted you all season. Then, enjoy the rest of your life knowing that you killed the phrase that lives rent free in the brains of too many traumatized Dawgfans- “Maybe Next Year.”

      Because Next Year is Kirby’s problem.

      Go Dawgs.

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      • originaluglydawg

        Why would Stetson come back? You make a good case why not.
        But here’s why.
        He loves playing football.
        He probably has no trouble getting a date on a campus full of 10s.
        He can make a good bit of NIL money…if he’s not already he should be.
        Yet, I agree, he probably won’t.

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        • Bulldawg Bill

          Ugly, he’ll come back because he loves the game, can make NIL money, and he knows deep down that he isn’t gonna make it in the NFL.

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      • whb209

        Damn Ben, you hit the nail on the head. Please GA fans “enjoy the now”
        Don’t look under rocks for problems that are not there.

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      • iusedtopostasmikecooley

        Best post on this by far. It’s a more detailed version of what I posted in the game thread late Saturday night. We have a candy assed, bitch made bunch within our fan base and the almost HAPPY when Tennessee scores on their first to drives.

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      • TEXBaller

        Ben, talk to me after 12/4. I hope it’s a “winners” conversation! I’ll be a believer in “Stet is our best QB” if Kirby is holding up the SEC trophy @ MB.

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        • I’m not a prognosticator. I look at results. The kid is undefeated, leading an offense that is in the top 10 in the nation in YPP, #11 in PPG, has 16 total touchdowns, compared to 4 interceptions (4:1 ratio) and has been instrumental in extending important drives with both his legs and his arm (look down the thread for the 90-yard drive to close the 2nd quarter this week).

          Daniels has played against 2 pretty good defenses in his career at UGA. Against Cincinatti, he threw for a BUNCH of yards… but only one TD and one INT. For all he did, we only got into the endzone twice, and on one of those, Daniels’ 2-pt pass was incomplete. Against Clemson, he was pretty ineffective, throwing for 135, no TDs, and 1 INT.. and didn’t lead a single TD drive.

          Against Cincinatti, he had the full complement of WR and RB talent – something Bennett has not had this season. Against Clemson, without those tools around him, he wasn’t as good as everyone remembered… but he was also hurt.

          I can’t discount the effect of the injury on him – but I also can’t elevate him in my mind to legendary savior status based on the on-field sample… especially when the guy folks want him to replace has shown decided improvement over the product he put on the field last season, and has been producing all season.

          We could very well be looking at a situation where Daniels is a better pure passer, and Bennett is a better quarterback. I think any NFL coach would take either a Payton Manning or a Drew Brees… they can both win you Super Bowls (and for those who will scoff at me comparing Bennett to Brees… understand that in Brees’ college career, he was a perennial 60% passer with about a 2:1 TD:INT ratio – in a Big10 not known for amazing DB play).

          In Daniels’ years as a QB, his TD:INT ratio has been

          2018 USC: 14:10
          2019 USC (injured in game 1): 1:1
          2020 UGA (arriving week 10): 10:2
          2021 UGA (rotating): 6:3

          So… maybe there are ball security issues with Daniels which outweigh his ability to take advantage of sub-par defenses. I dunno. I don’t see practice, and I’m not the guy making the decision… all I’m saying is, based on what we’ve seen on the field – it certainly seems like Stetson has the trust of his coaches and teammates. Hell, it ain’t even a short leash.

          For what it’s worth… Alabama’s Pass Defense Rating is good for 44th in the Country. Tennessee is 55th. Florida’s is 45th. South Carolina is 41st. Arkansas is 30th.

          For comparison sake, Tennessee’s rating (128.96) is closer to Alabama’s (126.6) than Alabama’s is to Arkansas (121.04).

          Does any of that mean I have any idea of what to expect out of UGA v AL? Not really, outside of a win.

          Go Dawgs.

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          • And yet, despite all that, the coaches named JT as the starter going into this season.

            Some of y’all are trying too hard with this, methinks. 😉

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            • They did… and he went out and had a pedestrian game. Surprised none of the “what if gang” has proposed what if Bennett had been in and could have extended drives with his legs?

              Maybe… dare I say it… maybe we score on offense in that game?

              Who knows? Still… either JT is still hurt, or he’s simply not beating Stetson out. Those are the two options.

              If he’s still hurt, I doubt he’s gonna be the savior everyone wants him to be… if he’s not beating Stetson out, then perhaps Kirby has grown in the way so many have said he needs to.. and is playing the best guy for the job (I personally believe he always has, but people will have a Fields Day with that narrative).

              At the end of the day, we can’t win a National Title with Stetson at QB… unless we do.

              I was guilty of always claiming Richt could win a National Title… but in the end, he didn’t. I was wrong. Lots of people here claim JT could lead us to a title while Stet can’t. Well, Stet’s done literally everything that’s been asked of him… so until he doesn’t, or until Smart tells me he can’t, I’m just gonna keep riding the Mailman Express.

              Can’t be any more undefeated than we are right now. Good problem to have.

              Go Dawgs.

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              • Surprised none of the “what if gang” has proposed what if Bennett had been in and could have extended drives with his legs?

                Clemson’s defensive scheme would have eaten Stetson alive. It’s what UF and UT tried, except with much better personnel on the d-line and secondary.

                Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t JT start against South Carolina? And Vanderbilt?

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                • He certainly did. I’ve never posited that JT can’t carve up terrible defenses. But, what people are putting forward is that he is needed for UGA to have success against the good ones. He’s faced two good defenses. While 2-0, he has been underwhelming in both (and before someone jumps on 390 yards passing, I’ll ask you to check your Mullen at the door – 1 TD, 1 INT).

                  If people can be so readily dismissive of Stetson beating Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky, I think I’m well within my rights to dismiss JT’s wins (and his 1:2 TD:INT ratio) against the two good teams he’s faced.

                  It’s all conjecture.. but just as the world outside of Athens likes to say every week that UGA ain’t beat nobody, the JT crowd says Stetson Can’t beat nobody. It’s silly at this point.

                  “Clemson’s defensive scheme would have eaten Stetson alive” … again, hypotheticals are undefeated. Maybe it would have…definitely snacked pretty good on JT. And hell, Stet was #3 on the Depth chart at that point, right? Only, when JT couldn’t go a week later, Beck didn’t get the start. Stet did.

                  The fact of the matter is, all the hemming and hawing is less about what JT has actually done against good competition, and more about fear that the Stetson taking snaps right now is the same one who lost the game to Bama last year… and for everyone who is deep in the world of college football, that simply isn’t the case. ‘21 Stet has had hundreds (thousands including practice) of more quality reps as THE GUY than the one who faced that Bama team. Hell, his “kill the play” performance alone shows that.

                  If Smart says he’s ready, folks should hop on the Mailman Express (and yes, I realize you personally have come to peace with that).

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  15. NotMyCrossToBear

    I try not to control or worry about things I have no control over. I do know this: we could not be any better than 10-0 and we have dominated everyone but Clemson. I’m gonna take care of my family, do my job, try to help others, and enjoy this football season.

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  16. W Cobb Dawg

    We’re going to face better teams and tough, even explosive, QBs in the post season. My concern is that SBIV is becoming a known commodity to the defenses we’ll be facing and I also believe we’ve seen the top of his game. He’s got some definite holes in his game. Whereas I’m not sure we’ve seen JT’s best play yet, and maybe we never will. His scrambling/running is a big liability.

    I think the die is cast. Our D is gonna have to do the vast majority of the heavy lifting if we’re gonna win the natty.

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    • jcdawg83

      Stetson has been a known commodity to the defenses we face since the season began. He played enough last season for defenses to watch his tape and see his strengths and weaknesses.

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      • TEXBaller

        One factor in 2020 with Stet was the batted ball. Haven’t seen much of that this year. But I can’t forget Saban/Muschamp (LSU – 2003) destroying David Greene with batted down passes while sitting back (DL) & not rushing the QB. Lavalais, Spears & Hill killed us (x2). They were coached to bat the ball. Saban will have a plan to neutralize 5-8 Bennett. To W Cobbs point, better teams/coaches will exploit the weakness.

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  17. Bennett has led during the crucial stretch to get us to 10-0. Maybe he IS the 2nd or 3rd or 4th most talented QB on the roster but the continuity is undeniable and, imo, more important.

    It’s sad but part of the reason I want to win it all is so I don’t have to read comments about Kirby mis-managing the QBs, not playing the best QB, etc because even more certain than death and taxes is Georgia fans are gonna Georgia fan.

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  18. jim1886

    To win a National Championship, I believe you need a qb like Lawrence, Watson, Burrow, Jones, etc. Look at the errors by Bennett in the Tennessee game. There were many. Just the one on the throw to Bowers could win or lose a National Championship. Dio not believe we can win one with Bennett He is a good qb and has done well and I hope he brings us one, just do not believe.
    Also hope that we can get over and avoid the injury bug.

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    • Russ

      I saw him put up 34 at Auburn and 41 at Tennessee, our only two true road games this year. And that was with sitting on a second half lead each time.

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    • originaluglydawg

      And every other quarterback in the world hits every open player just perfectly every down, while Stetson did NOTHING good that you could mention. “Just look at the errors by Bennett…blah, blah, blah”..
      Most of us look at the good throws, the never mishandling of the ball, the runs for first downs and a touchdown (without fumbling), the touchdown tosses…none of that happened…You can only see the mistakes. To you, Stetson is awful and that’s why Georgia’s offense only scored 41 points.

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  19. Russ

    We’d be even MORE undefeated if JT was the quarterback!

    Honestly, people are missing the best Georgia season in my memory (back to the late 60’s) worrying about which QB we should be playing. I’m fine with whoever Monken wants back there. Though I do think it would be poetic justice for us to switch to JT in the second half of the SECCG against Bama so our backup QB can smoke them.

    Just win, baby!

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  20. Illini84

    Crickets from the main offender.

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  21. bmacdawg87

    Kirby is just playing for the ultimate schadenfreude on ole Papa Nick. Ride Bennett into the SEC champ game. If he’s struggling in the first half and we find ourselves behind, make the change and light em up with JT in the 2nd half to beat them with our backup QB.

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  22. uga97

    The challenge is he still is not playing consistent Quarterback play. It’s not there with him after 2 seasons. Being a winner & a runner is huge, but anyone see his sidearm throw into Darnells knees Saturday? Vs Bama & Ohio States etc coming up we will likely need to have him stand & deliver over the Olines helmets & Opponent Dline hands even for some short throws in order to get some separation on the scoreboard.

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  23. Texas Dawg

    They each have their strengths and weakness. I think either can lead us to the promised land. My only concern is that JTD gets enough reps over the next two cupcake games to knock the rust off if we need to go to him. Yes, we all know he came out hot against Miss State last year, but he did not look all that sharp against MO. NOTHING is a substitute for game time reps. How many pitchers get sent to the minors to get in some real game situations when they are rehabing. Throwing in the bullpen or batting practice is no substitute. Charleston Southern and GT are essentially minor league starts.

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    • The defenses he plays in practice are better than those defenses.

      His problem, I believe, isn’t as much “rust” as it is lingering physical limitations from injury.

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      • originaluglydawg

        Except your own defense isn’t going to knock your dick in the dirt every chance they get.
        There’s a hell of a lot of difference in practice and game experience.
        Like war games vs your own kind and real war. It’s different.

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        • I’d agree if I didn’t know about our defense what I know.

          Yeah, they may not drill him, but Kirby kills plays in practice if there’s a sack. They protect the QBs, but they damn sure don’t finish out the play as if it were successful. That’s loser mentality. I’ve been on teams that do that – those teams fail spectacularly.

          Besides… JT’s “thing” is getting the ball out in under 2 seconds, right?

          The pass rush for Charleston Southern is not going to give him a better look than the Scout defense. I doubt GT’s will either. Simply put, if there was a “we better get JT some pressure reps so he’s ready for Bama” thing happening, it’d have been against Tennessee. We saw him against Mizzou… and didn’t against UT.

          Y’all think that’s just happenstance?

          Come on.

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          • Texas Dawg

            I suspect they did not want him to get hit is why UT was a no go. That and the cow pasture that is Kneeland.

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            • So your opinion is that he’s so important, that the low-risk of him being hit outweighs the “game reps in pressure” so many seem to think he needs.

              Can’t have this both ways.

              Either he needs to get real, similar-talent-level reps, or he doesn’t. I say he doesn’t. If he’s needed, he’ll be ready, whether he plays a down against Charleston Southern and Tech, or he doesn’t.

              I think he probably DOES play in those games, if for no other reason than to protect BENNETT from silly shit.

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              • Texas Dawg

                UT has a much better pass rush than MO, Charleston Southern, or the NATS. The likelihood of him taking a hit in those games was/is much lower. From looking at Bennett’s grass stains, having a good set of wheels was VERY important in the UT game (not JTD’s strong suit). Any time you’re on the field you are at risk of injury in game or practice (just ask Arian Smith), but why not lessen the risk? Trying to avoid the rush and get a pass off at an awkward angle is the perfect way to reinjure the lat/oblique.

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  24. This is a good film rundown of that 90 yard drive in the 2nd quarter. A few folks might learn a little about football, and about Bennett’s positives (which I GUARANTEE people were howling about being negatives during the drive).

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  25. 69Dawg

    As far as the CFP I believe our success or failure will be on the offensive line not the QB. Our Oline is massively inconsistent. On one play they look great then on the next play they look lost. It has been that way all year. It’s great that late in the game they can finally run the ball when the other team’s defense has had to play tons of snaps because our D has dispatched their Offense. Championship olines dominate the opponent from the get go. If the Oline was dominate the coach wouldn’t have to worry about JT being killed. So win or lose I think it hinges on the offensive line.

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    • Illini84

      Some dude named, I don’t know, Stinchcomb, thinks the O line is fine but what does he know?

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      • They’re pretty solid. Stet has scrambled a bunch, but part of that is him drifting and then moving himself into pressure, and another is him moving to get better visibility.

        They ain’t perfect… but less than 1 sack per game is solid, no matter the QB. Run fits seems to be the bigger issue than Pass Pro. (He says without breaking down any tape)

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