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Georgia football offense this year will now say a lot more about Todd Monken than the quarterbacks
Since Jamie Newman and Todd Monken both arrived at Georgia in January, the two had been paired as the men who would turn around the Georgia offense. Monken, the creative mind from the NFL ranks with modern passing principles and Newman, the uber-athlete with a rocket arm, seemed like it had the potential for an excellent marriage.
Instead, it’s turned into a divorce before the Bulldogs even played a game.
Newman announced on Wednesday that he would be opting out of the 2020 season in order to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. He becomes the first Georgia player to opt-out and joins the likes of LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and former Wake Forest teammate Sage Surratt.
The quarterback took the time to thank Georgia coach Kirby Smart in his statement, and Smart later responded with a statement of his own supporting Newman.
“While we will miss him being part of our program, I fully support Jamie’s decision and we will continue to regard him as a Georgia Bulldog,” Smart said. “Certainly, we wish him nothing but the best in his quest for an NFL career and he knows he will always have a home at UGA.”
With no Newman, the question becomes, who is up next at the quarterback for the Bulldogs? Georgia will have to choose between JT Daniels, D’Wan Mathis, Carson Beck and Stetson Bennett among the scholarship options.
But the more important question might actually what is Monken now able to get out of the quarterback position?
One of the more fun debates had regarding the success of LSU’s 2019 season — where the team re-wrote the SEC records books — is who was more responsible for the success? Was it transcendent quarterback Joe Burrow, the player out there making the plays, or passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who seemed to finally unlock all the talent LSU had on its roster.
The reality is that the correct answer is both. Burrow actually made the plays, but Brady also clearly played a key role in opening things up for the Tigers.
Given the new offensive coordinator and transfer quarterback, the 2019 LSU-2020 Georgia comparisons were popular this offseason. Losing Newman so close to the start of the season will certainly scale back those comparisons.
Unless Monken is still able to transform the Georgia offense through his scheme. If that were to happen, it might go a long way in answering the Brady-Burrow debate. And silence a number of critics when it comes to Kirby Smart and the Georgia offense.
The man now under the most pressure when it comes to the Georgia offense is in fact Monken. For much of the offseason, it was Newman given he was a clear on-field face for the offense.
Monken could very likely end up trotting out a transfer quarterback as his starter this year,…