A Two-Quarterback System at Georgia in 2009? I Hope Not
I'm an old school kind of girl. I think you pick a guy and you stick with him until he proves he's not the man for the job. That's how I feel things should be.
However, after the G-Day game, I found myself in a bit of a quandary. You see, senior Joe Cox was okay, but he didn't blow me away. Truthfully, for a guy who has spent the last four years in this offensive system, he looked fairly average.
I loved his enthusiasm and his ability to take control of the huddle, but Joe Tereshinski had that same talent, and we all know how his quarterback story unfolded.
By contrast, Logan Gray and Aaron Murray looked very impressive. Both were significantly more mobile off the snap and were comfortable making the throws into tight spots with no hesitation. Neither seemed phased by the spectacle of playing a spring game in front of 40,000 plus, nor were they outplayed by Cox in any way.
As a matter of fact, in many ways, they both seemed to outplay Cox.
That said, is it possible that we could see a three-way competition for the quarterback spot that ends with two guys sharing the QB-one role next season?
Personally, I am hoping that is not the case. The success of the 2005 Gators and the 1999 Michigan Wolverines notwithstanding, it's not something that I want to see happen at Georgia.
For one, it's important to me that a leader is established prior to the start of the season. We have a tough road game in Oklahoma to start our year and whomever is chosen to lead us into that battle needs to feel good about his job stability. It can be a difficult task to play the quarterback position when you have one eye glancing over your shoulder.
Further, now that Stafford and Moreno are gone, we do have the benefit of a "team" atmosphere. Even Coach Richt himself has said that the fact that both those guys are gone will be a good thing.
Why? Because there isn't a spotlight on any one players back. No one is pointing at Georgia and saying "there's a top ten team" or a "future first-round pick". No. Georgia is flying under the radar. Georgia is the underdog and, traditionally, that's when Georgia plays it's best football.
However, two-quarterback systems are good at doing two things: making teammates choose sides and making players into individuals.
Guys begin to worry about how well they are playing, comparing their performance to that of their teammate, and getting into the rut of feeling like the coach has no confidence in them as a player. That could be the worst part of the whole thing.
No player wants to think he's disposable, even if he indeed is.
I'm not saying that the job should be awarded to Joe Cox based on time of service. No. That means zilch to me. As a matter of fact, if Murray or Gray prove to be better, then it is what it is and I feel bad that Cox stuck around so long only to ride the pine.
It would be tough to see him lose his shot, but it should only be about who is the best guy for the job.
Allegiances have no place in the win-loss column. Choose the best guy for the job and live with that decision until proven otherwise.
I'm simply not for the quarterback shuffle. I think it's dangerous.
Of course, I am not against utilizing the speed and versatility of Gray or Murray in a wildcat package should Cox win the job, there is nothing wrong with mixing things up a bit here and there, but that's as far as it should go.
I know that there are many instances where a two quarterback system has worked, I mentioned a couple above. However, in my opinion, Georgia needs to keep it's focus on the team and that focus should start with finding confidence in one signal-caller to get the job done.
May the best man win.
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