Like we didn’t already know that from yesterday.
Look, I’m not here to crap on Stetson today. He’s not the reason Georgia lost yesterday. As Graham points out with this stat…
… overall, he wasn’t awful. The problem is, he simply isn’t built to pick a team up on his shoulders and chase the other side down. That was painfully apparent in the second half as the margin widened and both the playcalling and Stetson’s style of play changed to adapt to the circumstances.
Had the defense kept the game from becoming a shit show mid-third quarter, Stetson may very well have been able to do the job he’s been capable of doing all season. But once Georgia had to abandon the run for good and commit to the passing game, Alabama was able to run the Clemson playbook on defense with good success.
As for what Daniels could have done under the circumstances, well, remember who the quarterback was when Georgia played Clemson. Also remember who’s been getting the bulk of the reps with the first string in practice over the past couple of months. There’s no reason to think JT would have made enough of a difference once the Dawgs were in that third quarter hole.
And that’s Kirby’s big decision. Assuming Georgia is in the playoff field, Alabama looms large in a rematch. If you’re Smart, do you roll the dice on your defense playing better, negating Stetson’s shortcomings, or do you assume you’ve got to win a shootout and change your starting quarterback?
And before you make that call for him, ask yourself one other question — what if Stetson being the starter isn’t merely about the value of continuity in the midst of a winning season. What if Stetson has consistently outperformed Daniels in practice since he became the starter?
This is why Kirby is paid the big bucks. The good news is that he’ll have the better part of a month to figure out an answer. The bad news is that he still has to figure out a way to beat Nick Saban.