SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic questions why Georgia's offense, Jamie Newman are getting so much offseason hype
There’s little doubt Georgia is poised to field one of the best defenses in the entire nation next season, which could propel the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship Game and potentially a spot in the College Football Playoff.
However, when it comes to the team’s offense, there are many questions that remain unanswered this offseason as that unit will look completely different on the field next season. Are too many people overlooking the fact the offense for Kirby Smart’s program will be unrecognizable next fall?
SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic seems to think so.
There’s little doubt Smart made the right call when he decided to revamp Georgia’s stagnant offensive system heading into 2020, based on how badly the unit underperformed in 2019. However, now that spring football has been lost and the Bulldogs are starting from scratch on the offensive line and at the quarterback position, the confidence in Georgia’s offense heading into the season is something that has Cubelic slightly miffed.
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Here’s what the SEC analyst had to say during a recent appearance on ESPN Baton Rouge 104.5 FM program “Off The Bench” on Friday.
“This whole Georgia thing is really perplexing. I think their defense it’s gonna be great, and Jordan Davis upfront is going to be great,” Cubelic said. “They have multiple edge guys that are going to be able to cause problems, they have a bunch of dudes who can cover, they’re going to be fun to watch.
“On offense, however, I don’t know where the confidence is coming from — like I saw PFF but something out today, ‘Jamie Newman is without question the best quarterback in the SEC.’ Dude hasn’t taken a snap in the SEC, man. Like, let’s calm down for a minute.”
With James Coley off to Texas A&M, Georgia’s offense will be lead by former NFL offensive coordinator, Todd Monken. While it’s easy to assume Monken will have a Joe Brady-like impact on the offense in Athens, you do have to keep in mind Georgia is replacing three-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm with a transfer from Wake Forest in Jamie Newman, who will be working with a rebuilt offensive line and a new starting running back.
“[Newman’s] got a new coordinator, at a new school, who’s the new coordinator to that school, that just lost two first-round tackles, and another guard that was drafted and another guard to transfer, that’s going to start somewhere else in the SEC and your other guard was ineligible for the bowl game,” Cubelic continued. “You don’t have the same kind of a tailback, in my opinion, that you’ve had in the past. You do have George Pickens, which he’ll be an eraser, he’ll be it go-to target, but I’m just not as confident that that offense is automatically going to be what everybody thinks it’s going to be — particularly with Jamie Newman.
“I think he’s got talent, I think he’s a big physical guy. He obviously has a strong arm, but that doesn’t just automatically equate success in this league, and he does not, he’s not going to know what it’s like playing in this league. I would take Trask and Kellen Mond over Jamie Newman right now, just based on what I’ve seen them do in this league. Especially if we’re talking about them being in there certain situations.”
While all of these comments are valid concerns, there is enough talent in Athens for Newman to develop into the league’s best quarterback by season’s end. But as Cubelic notes, Georgia has a ton of questions to answer before that point and anointing Newman as the SEC’s best quarterback before the transfer signal-caller takes his first league snap seems like an overreaction at this point.