As somebody who’s pulled his hair out repeatedly watching Stetson Bennett succumb to the occasional “gotta make a play here” instinct that’s repeatedly led to less than optimal results, it’s weird to see people insist the label applies, like here:
I can’t think of two recent Georgia quarterbacks who differ more in their approach to the game than Fromm and Bennett. Larry’s right — the label is a lazy way of analyzing a quarterback without an elite arm.
I assume some of this thinking also derives from Bennett only averaging about 20 pass attempts per game. Funny thing, though: three of the SEC’s four top quarterbacks in passer rating average less than 24 attempts per game. I don’t hear Hooker or Jefferson referred to as game managers, at least not as frequently as Bennett is.
All of which makes me wonder as I continue to reflect upon game prep for the national championship if the most subversive coaching move of the season for Georgia was Monken’s game plan against Michigan, letting Bennett come out throwing early and often and finishing with 30 attempts.