Georgia Bulldogs football JT: JT Daniels' breakout game is an indictment on Kirby Smart

Georgia Bulldogs football JT: JT Daniels' breakout game is an indictment on Kirby Smart


Fitness is the only reason Kirby Smart excluded JT Daniels from the starting lineup.

In late November, the Georgia Bulldogs saw something they hadn't seen since 2013 when Aaron Murray was their star quarterback: a 400-yarder. The biggest reason for the lack of vertical passing games is that the Dogs have not won a national championship under Smart. While he is a defensive thinking coach, how could he not have started Danielle by jumping if he were healthy ???

JT Daniels has Georgia as their quarterback, but Kirby Smart ruined the season Ultimately, we can never know. Daniels tore his ACL while playing for the USC Trojans in the first week of the 2019 season. Obviously, you want Daniel's talent to be healthy and not to back down from such a devastating injury. However, Georgia would not have two losses on its resume if the Danes were a 1-week starter on Daniel Mathis or Stetson Bennett IV.

Never trusting Smart judgment at the quarterback position has been the defining characteristic of his five years as the Dawgs head coach. We know he can recruit, we know he can coach up the defense and we know that he can assemble a phenomenal staff. But if he could not see that Daniels was the best quarterbacking option he had entering the season, I cannot help him.

During the summer, it was all about who was getting the Week 1 start vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks. I know because I wrote about the quarterback battle between Daniels and Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman constantly. We thought it was going to be Newman until he opted out. We heard good things about Maths in camp, but what a train wreck it has been.

Mathis' accuracy was a major red flag. Bennett played well at times, but his lack of mobility in the passing game, as well as his ability to throw an unofficial pick, was his undoing against great teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators. Georgia is a good team that was being held back by playing great quarterback from being great. Daniel changes everything.

Georgia will be backed to defeat their final three SEC former opponent before the bowling season. This would be a great opportunity for the Daniels to gain confidence, as they did in the second half vs. Mississippi State the following season. Sure, he can declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, but he needs to prove that he can be healthy and play at a consistently high level this way. It is his team now and it is awesome.

Right away, you could tell he is the most talented quarterback on the Georgia roster. Yet, Smart routinely started and played guys that could not get it done. Like, why?
 
While it is fantastic to see Georgia have a quarterback it can rely on in the vertical passing game, it is beyond alarming that Dawg Nation even got to this point. Daniels’ play had to have presented itself very early in practice.
Hopefully, the problem is fixed, but what an unnecessary racket that even led to this point.