For Georgia and QB Aaron Murray, the Future Should Be Now

Eddie Bruce aka GeorgiaDawgAnalyst INovember 3, 2009

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Joe Cox #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

This is really hard for me. I have been a supporter of Joe Cox all season long. I was glad that we had Joe to step in when Matthew Stafford left for the NFL. I believed that Joe would step in and lead this team to nine, maybe even ten wins.

I do not believe that you can lay all of the problems with the 2009 version of the Georgia Bulldogs at the feet of Joe Cox. Joe has been a big reason that we have four wins. Unfortunately, he has also contributed to the four losses.

The numbers show a slow and steady decline since the shootouts with South Carolina and Arkansas. The 12 interceptions are unacceptable. The 57% completion percentage should be better.

For what ever the reason, Joe has not got the job done when we needed him the most.

The running game, the offensive line, the curious play calling have all played a part in turning this offensive into a very average one. Without AJ Green it is conceivable that the Dawgs could easily be 1-7 right now.

Yesterday, Mark Richt announced at his weekly press conference that Joe Cox is still the starting quarterback for Georgia. Richt stated, "It was unanimous among our staff that Joe gives us the best chance to win, and that's where our focus needs to be," Richt said. "There's still a lot of football left this season. We tell our players to finish the drill, and we are committed to doing that this week and each week the remainder of the season.

"We have faith in Joe that he gives us the best opportunity to do that. At the same time, we do plan on Logan Gray getting some playing time this weekend at quarterback."

To some degree I can understand what Coach Richt is saying. Joe is the veteran, and he can lead us best through these remaining four games.

Would a move to a freshman be fair to the seniors? Or they forfeited the right to complain since they have not exactly over whelmed us with their talent this season.

What about the juniors, and sophomores? Do we start next season again with a quarterback that has little or no game experience in the SEC?

If anyone reading this believes that Logan Gray is the answer for next season, I would ask you to log off and go watch a replay of what Logan did in his brief mop up role on Saturday.

Does the phrase, “deer in the headlights” come to mind?

I realize that the coaching staff has not really put Logan into types of situation where he could easily succeed. But does anyone really think that if Logan Gray was the answer for 2010, he would still be fair catching punts?

I am sure Logan Gray is a great teammate, and he is obviously a team player.

I don’t mean to sound harsh, but if he doesn’t realize that he will never be the starting quarterback for Georgia by now, someone should tell him. Thanks Logan for all your loyalty.

Now, go practice with the punt team. That leads us to what should happen.

The problem with Joe Cox right now, is that he is not really doing anything statistically that would be head and shoulders above what Aaron Murray could do.

Joe Tereshinski lost his starting job to Matthew Stafford. Joe was a leader, he was a great teammate. He did whatever the coaches asked him to do.

He sat down, and Matt Stafford took over. That added game experience gave Stafford a head start for the following season.

Is this situation really any different? If Aaron Murray is the future, then let’s get a head start on the future.

As a junior at Plant High School in Tampa, Murray threw for over 4,000 yards and 51 touchdowns. He also rushed for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns.

In his senior year, Murray went down with a broken fibula early in the season. He still managed to throw for over 1,900 yards and 33 touchdowns. He returned for the state championship game and led his team to the win, throwing for 344 yards and three touchdowns.

In those two seasons he threw only 11 interceptions total. He led his team to two state titles. Aaron Murray can handle on the job training. His training needs to start now, not next season.

It's time for Joe to walk off the field as the starter. Thank you Joe, you gave it all you had.

To Coach Richt I say; if Aaron Murray is the future, please let the future begin now.


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