g-dawg Posted December 10, 2019 Share Posted December 10, 2019 Separate thread so if you are here, you are here because you want to be here - so don’t be a drama queen and complain about the thread topic - you came in through the front door. With the Heisman invite for Fields, seemed like a good time to look back and reflect. Justin Fields was every bit the phenom he was touted to be coming out of Harrison High School. Watched him for two years - he is a Top 10 future draft pick and now a Heisman finalist. He was a Dawg. We had him. He also was anchor player and active recruiter for the #1 recruiting class in 2018 for UGA. This thread is about nurturing, developing and most importantly KEEPING this special talent. I can 100% appreciate this was a tough situation. Fromm coming off the most successful season in UGA football since 1980 and a good leader - Fields could not just be given the job - but I don’t even believe that was a requirement of the Fields camp. They were looking for opportunity to grow and develop and working him in more as season went on - that is NOT what was given. It seemed obvious early on that Kirby was sensitive to any type of QB controversy and really allowed for almost nothing other than extreme mop-up duty and generic play-calling for Fields . “Run, run, pass (or scramble). Of course Justin was making a big jump in competition and there would be growing pains - many of his critics on here and elsewhere often would say “he can’t read a defense” or “he is a one read QB” and contrast with Jake who had the opportunity to learn/grow on the job his Freshman year. Justin could have played a ton more in blowout games - been given 2nd halves, more of playbook, etc - not so as to create controversy (which still could have happened) but to maximize both Fields talent and create more opportunities for the offense - had that happened, UGA and Kirby would have been in a much better position to keep Fields for another year - and there is little doubt with more his Freshman year that he would have took the job from Fromm - if not straight out of camp then shortly thereafter. I also believe there has been some white-washing of these practice reports as it seemed there were many players who thought Fields was the best option - I don’t believe it was anything more than just seeing the talent disparity between he and Fromm. We move forward now but there is enough info now that it should be clear to all that Kirby and staff made mistakes here with Fields and Ohio State is reaping the benefits of Georgia’s mistake. Justin is still developing but he is at a phenomenal rate. 41 TDs and 1 interception - not bad for a guy that cannot read defenses. Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady would take those numbers. Kirby is a GREAT coach and I am so thrilled he leads our program and my Alma Mater. I still believe he is the best man for the job in spite of the loss of Justin, the failure of the 2019 offense and now the loss of Sam Pittman - we have hit some adversity here - just want to see Kirby make the proper adjustments and learn from his mistakes - also hope he looks at the offensive side of the ball and makes changes. Great defense without Great offense won’t break the National Title drought for Georgia. Let’s fix this offense and have a better plan for Freshman QBs as they come into the program. D.B.N., Peteshweddy and slamee101 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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